How does the Christian faith help us see into the true nature of life more clearly? Why do people suffer? Where do we come from? What does Jesus have to say to a changing world? What can we learn from great mission pioneers about seeking truth at the cutting edges of human knowledge? Faith Seeking Understanding explores such questions. Notable Christian thinkers such as Philip Yancey, Alvin Plantinga, Rodney Stark, Allan Chapman, Don Richardson, Yuan Zhiming, and more share powerful insights that, from the perspective of Christian faith, help answer people's deepest questions in the twenty-first century.
Inspired by the lives and accomplishments of Paul Brand and Ralph D. Winter, this book seeks to apply the curious, open-minded, and compassionate spirit these Christian leaders exhibited to key contemporary questions in science, history, philosophy, theology, and comparative religion. The reader will gain a fresh appreciation for the intellectual challenges of the Christian faith, and some of the most fascinating and sometimes controversial ways in which those challenges are being met.
- ISBN: 9780878084364
- Pages: 229
- Binding: Paperback
- Published: 2012
- Publisher: William Carey Library
Faith and intellectual inquiry are often pitched against each other, not only by unbelievers but also by believers. David Marshall's Faith Seeking Understanding is a collection of seventeen engaging stories of search in which the two are intertwined. Some are stories of seeking to understand what one is longing for; some are stories of seeking to understand better what already one believes; some are stories of seeking to understand the world in the light of what one believes. What makes the collection especially fascinating and valuable is the individuality and particularity of the stories—a concrete testimony to the fact that the Christian intellectual life takes many forms.
The most impressive thing about Faith Seeking Understanding is the enormous wealth of material contained within such a relatively narrow space. David Marshall has gathered a really distinguished array of contributors, who have all thought deeply about faith in its global context, and the different essays work wonderfully well together. The book makes a splendid memorial to two truly great individuals, Paul Brand and Ralph Winter.
Introduction: Climbing by Faith
- Philip Yancey: A Doctor’s Defense of Pain
- Paul Smith: The Contagious Humility of Paul Brand
- Greg Parsons: How Ralph Winter Engineered World Missions
- Bill Prevette: Marx, the Mob, and Missions
II. Christ in Culture
- Miriam Adeney: Egg Flower Soup and Cherry Blossoms: A Woman’s Life
- Glimpsed through World Religions
- Ivan Satyavrata: India’s Search for Jesus
- Yuan Zhiming: Amazing Grace for China
- A Conversation with Don Richardson
III. Christ in History
- David Marshall: The Fingerprints of Jesus
- Earl Palmer: The Resurrection
- A Conversation with Rodney Stark
IV. Christ in Philosophy and Science
- Randal Rauser: The Prayer that Prayed Me
- Allan Chapman: Christian History or Secular Mythology?
- Guillermo Gonzalez: Faith Seeking Exoplanets
- Don N. Page: The Superb Design
- Ben McFarland: The Tree of Life
- A Conversation with Alvin Plantinga