By Doug Pagitt
A Christianity worthy Believing deals an interesting, 'come-with-me-on-a-journey-of-exploring-the-possibilities' method of what it capability to be a follower of Jesus in our day. Written through Doug Pagitt?a prime voice within the Emergent conversation—this fantastically written booklet weaves jointly theological reflections, Christian background, and his personal tale of religion transformation. Pagitt invitations readers to persist with him as he tells the tale of his un-churched formative years, his life-altering conversion at age sixteen, his excessive involvement within the church, and his growing to be feel of unease with the model of Christianity he used to be residing. On web page after web page, Pagitt lays out his trip towards an genuine, passionate expression of a religion that feels alive, sustainable, and significant.
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But over time that understanding changed. ” Christianity was the faith of the many. This issue was not easily settled. ) This was not some academic pursuit; it was a deeply personal and passionate crisis for many in the faith. The predominant Jewish story was that they were God’s chosen people and that anyone who wanted in on the story had to become a Jew. So for many Jews, the idea that Gentiles could enter into the story of God’s people without becoming Jews was not just disturbing but downright blasphemous.
Indd 35 3/25/08 4:35:50 PM A Christianity Worth Believing my experience of God was because it was only one of many versions of the story of Jesus. This realization set me on this pursuit of a new theology, one that reflects what I see as the call of all Christians: to seek, live, and tell the story of God’s work in the world, to embrace a faith that is alive and vibrant, untamed and uncaged, right here, right now. indd 37 3/25/08 4:36:05 PM F rom the start, Christianity has been a faith embedded in the lives of its followers.
I had every intention of making the story I had just seen the navigational system of my life. I was going to live the Jesus way. I didn’t know what that would mean, but I knew that whatever had just happened to me, it would change everything. indd 18 3/25/08 4:32:08 PM M ark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. ” Running into those things that “just ain’t so” is something I have come to call an “uh-oh” moment. It ’s that time when reality opens up in front of you and you can either step into it or run away from it.