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Faith Without Certainty

Liberal Theology in the 21st Century

Paul Rasor

"Religious liberals today remain committed such central principles as free religious inquiry, autonomous judgment about truth claims, and openness to divergent views. Nevertheless, many yearn for more shared content, for a common understanding about their faith that they can share with one another and with newcomers. This dilemma, this tension, can feel creative or paralyzing, freeing or frustrating—but it is undeniably part of religious liberalism."
—From the Introduction

In the tradition of James Luther Adams, this fresh and timely critical analysis of religious liberalism probes the dynamic tensions of a theology that is committed to individual freedom on the one hand and community on the other. Much more than a primer, Faith Without Certainty lays out the basic characteristics of liberal theology, delving into historical and philosophical sources as well as social and intellectual roots. Clear-eyed but ultimately hopeful, Rasor explores the ambiguous and creative nature of liberal theology today. Writing for clergy, theology students, and interested lay people who want to better understand the liberal religious tradition, Rasor's audience reaches beyond Unitarian Universalism to mainline Protestant Christians, modernist Roman Catholics, post-Christians and humanists and liberal Quakers, among others.

A Unitarian Universalist minister, Paul Rasor received his master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and holds a doctorate in theology from Harvard University as well as law and music degrees from the University of Michigan. Rasor is director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and professor of interdisciplinary studies, both at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Praise for Faith Without Certainty:

"If there is one thing that is certain about liberal faith in the 21st century, it is this: Everyone who tries to think clearly about how liberal theology can meet the challenges of the post-modern era will cite the clear thinking and sharp analysis of Paul Rasor."
—John A. Buehrens, author, Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers and Religious Liberals

"The 21st century is marked by events that raise new questions concerning the nature of religion and the utility of theological discussions. Rasor brings religious liberalism into this conversation: What is liberal religion? What is liberal theology? How do they function? His response to these questions is carefully constructed and insightful, making Faith Without Certainty an important contribution to theological discourse. All who struggle for or against liberal religion will benefit from this fine work."
—Anthony B. Pinn, Agnes Cullen Arnold professor of humanities and professor of religious studies, Rice University

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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