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READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ The Christian Agnostic CHARACTERS ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Leslie D. Weatherhead FREE DOWNLOAD The Christian Agnostic This review is from The Christian Agnostic Abingdon Classics PaperbackI read this book over 30 years ago when I was a struggling young Christian trying to make sense of ot. I am writing for the Christian agnostic by which I mean a person who is immensely attracted to Christ and who seeks to show his spirit to meet the challenges hardships and sorrows of life in the light of that spirit but who though he is sure of many Christian truths feels that he cannot honestly and conscientiously sign on the dotted line that he believes certain theological ideas about what some branches of the Church dogmatize Leslie WeatherheadFirst off my rating of four stars is given largely for the incredibly thought provoking ideas put forth by Leslie Weatherhead in this book and for the liberating emotional response I had to some of those ideas I d have given it five stars except some of his later arguments aren t as well supported as the others and some of the arguments feel dated Were I to rate the writing style on its own merits it would have been closer to two or three stars due to excessive uotations which tend to make this read like a high school research paper and a proclivity for mild repetitionSecond I discovered this book after a friend of mine described himself as an atheist agnostic Doesn t that just make you agnostic I asked in ignorance I later looked up the definition and found myself wondering if there were such a thing as a Christian agnostic because if so I was pretty sure at this point I was one This all led me to Weatherhead s book written in the 1960s It seems to be out of print but I was able to find a used paperback online for a decent price I m sure you can tooSo what are some of Weatherhead s ideas First he believes that there are essentials of the Christian faith that one can know with certainty This certainty he says comes from the authority which truth itself possesses when it is perceived to be true by the individual concerned Yes this seems to make truth too subjective but he says the alternative is to delegate authority to someone else s subjective decision of what s true Someone like the Pope for example Truth may certainly be true whatever my opinion may be but it has no authority with me until I perceive it to be true For those other non essentials he chooses to remain agnostic and mentally set them aside as awaiting further lightAn example of something he places in this category is the idea of the Virgin Birth The doctrine is of no importance at all he says otherwise it would have been part of the missionary message of the early church The gospel of Mark never mentions it and neither do the writings of Peter Paul and John Divinity is not proved by having one parent instead of two It could be argued that such a person is removed from us and could not have been truly man As to sinlessness we men are a wicked lot but all the evil in our children does not come from us Mothers can pass on evil as well as fathers and sinlessness cannot be physically determined And he goes on to say that Jesus himself never mentioned the circumstances of his birth and throws doubt on the word that is translated as virgin in the Bible text He tells the reader not to accept or reject the Virgin Birth just to put it asideOne of the difficult concepts for me to explore is the idea that some of the sayings attributed to Jesus may not be accurate or authentic Having grown up in a particularly fundamentalist branch of the Church I was specifically taught that you can t simply pick and choose what you believe Jesus said if it s written in the Bible he said it Further I was essentially taught that the Bible was word for word the infallible Word of God However over the years I ve come to believe that this view just doesn t hold up given for example the two varying accounts of creation in Genesis 1 and 2 things are created in different orders and the variations in the facts and events surrounding the gospel stories Weatherhead says I cannot make myself believe that Jesus spoke certain words which are completely out of character with the total impact which his personality makes upon me derived from all four Gospels from the experiences of the saints and from my own poor but sincere thought of him after half a century s meditation and experience I must I feel judge the Bible by Jesus not Jesus by the Bible written as it was by fallible men who sometimes contradict one another and who must sometimes have been mistaken in their estimate of him While on the subject of the Bible he uestions the traditional doctrine that its writers could be inspired than anyone else I regard the late TS Eliot as much inspired than the author of the Song of Solomon The late CS Lewis Screwtape Letters would willingly be given a place in the sacred library had the list of books not been closedFor most of the book his arguments are compelling and he backs them up with seemingly sound logic and reason However it s when he attempts to discuss subjects like death and the afterlife that his arguments become speculative and in my mind less convincing The chapter on Death and Survival for instance is full of anecdotal evidence of life after death essentially ghost stories and tales from seances punctuated with statements that such evidence should be hard to deny And while he truly does seem convinced for my part these chapters just make it easier to mark these ideas down as awaiting further lightI m doubtful that my summary here does any justice to the book as a whole For what it s worth I highly recommend this book to everyone willing to uestion what they believe regardless of what they believe

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READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ The Christian Agnostic CHARACTERS ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Leslie D. Weatherhead FREE DOWNLOAD The Christian Agnostic Hings and still be a Christian still accept the living Jesus in my life In fact reading this book helped make it possible This was one of the most important books in my li. This one is fascinating Absolutely fascinating Where has it been all my life

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READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ The Christian Agnostic CHARACTERS ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Leslie D. Weatherhead FREE DOWNLOAD The Christian Agnostic Her philosophies and beliefs that I was exposed to even drawn to Weatherhead cleared out the cobwebs let me know that I could wonder about some things even believe other t. A GREAT BOOK BY A GREAT CHRISTIAN MINISTER HUMANE BEUTIFULLY WRITTEN A WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME IN SO MANY WAYS WHEN HE WAS A OLD MAN I HEARD HIM PREACH HE WAS MAGNETIC CHRISMATIC A MAN OF HIGH INTELLENENCE AND GREAT CHARM TODAY THEY NO LONGER EXIST IN OUR MATERIALISTIC WORLD AND REAL INTELLEGENT PREACHING NO LONGER REALLY EXISTS READ THE CHRISTIAN AGNOSTIC IT IS CAPTIVATING AND CHALLENGING NOT FOR THE FUNDAMENTALIST I FEAR AND THAT IS VERY SAD I THINK IAN KEMP

  • Hardcover
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  • The Christian Agnostic
  • Leslie D. Weatherhead
  • English
  • 04 January 2020
  • 9780687069774