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A Faith of Your Own: Naming What You Really Believe

Author sees faith as a living and evolving set of relationships and ideas

Ronald J. Allen focuses on this essential aspect of the Christian life. He sees faith as a living and evolving set of relationships and ideas.

A Faith of Your Own: Naming  What You Allen, who teaches preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, believes that an ongoing conversation about the Bible, tradition, and present values and behavior is a helpful and hopeful process.

He gives credence to beliefs we take for granted that have grown out of our reflections on experience (wisdom or natural theology) and dialogue with scientific worldviews, philosophy or popular religious expression. He ends with a suggestion that each reader respond to these elements of faith by designing his or her own credo using a framework he presents in the book (Westminster John Knox Press; available from Amazon).


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