- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Lion Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 085648444X
- ISBN-13: 978-0856484445
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doubt: Faith in Two Minds Paperback – 1 Jan 1971
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The author explores all the different kinds of doubt there can be, carefully distinguishing between doubts that are caused by false gospels (believing in a God that wants you to be rich etc., then disappointed when that god does not exist) and doubts which form in the mature Christian at times of stress etc.
He then goes onto exploring how the pastor, after working out the cause of the doubt, might go about helping the person out of the doubt.
Do not expect a quick and easy answer- this brilliant tome tackles the whole issue with such depth and seriousness you cannot fail to be moved to try harder to help your brothers and sisters in Christ who struggle.
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Os has it that doubt and faith are not antithetical; that would be faith and unbelief. Doubt is faith in crisis perhaps, but not its absence.
I think the most valuable thing about this book is the way it treats various kinds of doubt. This taxonomy leaves the reader understanding the importance of avoiding pat answers to doubt as if all doubt shared some common basis and solution. It's SO not so. Until one recognizes what species one's dealing with, it'd be better to just shut up and gather more data, than to try the helpful mode and botch things completely with the doubter.
Personally, I'd say that doubt is a form of suffering. Just as one doesn't give cliche answers to one in grief, it's immature and useless to see the doubter as merely a problem to fix. This book is for the "adults in the room."
Finally, I well recall a judgment I made about this book the first time I finished its last page. "This should be considered the standard work on doubt -- but it's even more about faith." If your personal epistemology is getting stale, this volume will open the windows. :-)