Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions

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Zondervan, Jun 22, 2010 - Religion - 240 pages
Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask. She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a postmodern context, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith, Evans adds a unique perspective to the ongoing dialogue about postmodernism and the church that has so captivated the Christian community in recent years. In a changing cultural environment where new ideas threaten the safety and security of the faith, Evolving in Monkey Town is a fearlessly honest story of survival.
 

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Wow, this is a great book. If you have grown up in a very conservative, Fundamentalist church, and have ever had deep questions and doubts, you will likely resonate with Rachel. She comes across as an ... Read full review

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Evans' memoirs of her early years growing up in Christianity strike a chord with those who are seeking and questioning their faith. Her stories of struggling with various preconceived fundamentals of ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Dedication PREFACE
Introduction WHYI AM AN EVOLUTIONIST PART 1 Habitat
THE BEST CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE AWARD
JUNE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS LADY
MONKEY TOWN
GREG THE APOLOGIST
WHEN SKEPTICS
Challenge
LAXMI THE WIDOW
GOD THINGS
MARK THE EVANGELIST
JUDGMENT
ADELE THE OXYMORON
SWORD DRILLS
Change
SAM THE FEMINIST

NATHAN THE SOLDIER
WHEN BELIEVERS
CHAPTER 8JESUS GOD IN SANDALS CHAPTER 9 SURVIVORS GUILT
JOHN THE REVELATOR
HIGHER WAYS
ADAPTATION
DAN THE FIXER
LIVING THE QUESTIONS
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Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in local and national publications. She lives in Dayton, Tennessee, with her husband, Dan. Find out more at rachelheldevans.com

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