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"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
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.
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.
"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
"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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