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Faith and Doubt Kindle Edition
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|Kindle Edition, 9 Sep 2008||
|Length: 193 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||
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Here is an example of one of his jokes. Explaining that when God afflicts the Philistines with tumors (1 Samuel 5), the word really means hemorrhoids, Ortberg says:
"The writer wants us to know that in the presence of God's judgement, the Philistines were embarrassingly human. All their iron swords, spears and shields did them no good, because what they really needed was inflatable cushions to sit on, and while the Iron Age had arrived, the Inflatable Cushion Age was still centuries away."
I also agree with the overall thesis of the book - doubt is part of faith, something everyone experiences to greater or lesser degree, and something to process rather than deny. We do one another a great disservice if people are never allowed to air their doubts for fear that they will be cast out of our righteous presence. Life throws up all kinds of challenges and difficulties - it would be weird to never doubt.
Ortberg doesn't shy away from this and opens up the toughest of issues, especially those concerning pain and suffering. And he presents some good responses. His interaction with the New Atheists (Dawkins, Hitchins. et al) is excellent. His `proofs' for the existence of God are really helpful. His pastors heart shines through.
So thus far so excellent.Read more ›
sometimes perceive things that to me at the time felt unbearable.