Confessions of a Bible Thumper My Homebrewed Quest for a Reasoned Faith
Whether you are a restless evangelical, in the emergent church movement, or consider yourself spiritual-but-not religious, you'll enjoy this spiritual memoir and vision for progressive Christianity. Michael Camp was on a tenacious quest for a vibrant and reasoned faith in God. Thinking he found it among evangelicals, he eventually faced deepening doubts and uncovered nine startling discoveries that turned conservative Christian theology on its head—and himself into a heretic among his peers.
Without running into the arms of angry atheists, Camp reveals a vision for an open, broad-minded faith in Christ, ironically based on a fair exegetical reading of the Bible and the history of the early church. His conclusions are eye opening, yet rarely stereotypical.
When Sarah Johanneson, a religious studies professor at a secular university, has a mystical utopian vision of the future with global implications, it wreaks havoc on her personal life. Soon, the media reports people on every continent from every major religion having similar visions. The claims anger religious conservatives and cause a global backlash that turns Sarah and her fiancée's world upside down.
"...will stir a lot of people to rethink much of what they believe and do."
- Dr. Tony Campolo, speaker, sociologist, social activist, pastor, and author of Red Letter Revolution.
"Confessions of a Bible Thumper has all the marks of a spiritual classic. Its honesty, courage, humor, and real 'God' experiences are the mandatory rungs in the ladder people need to climb out of today's toxic cocktail of fundamentalism and cynicism, and walk boldly into the dazzling light of authentic spirituality. Bravo!" - Jessica Maxwell, author the double-gold award winning spiritual memoir, Roll Around Heaven
"An important book for both conservative and progressive Christians. Much of it reads like a novel while being highly instructive."
- Marcus Borg, leading Jesus scholar and author of 21 books
Camp's book marks an important milestone. It adds another chapter to a growing body of literature about what it is like to awake from the evangelical dream and discover that you've been living a nightmare. I recommend this book!" - Frank Schaeffer (author of Crazy for God)
"Confessions of a Bible Thumper is a provocative and insightful memoir by an evangelical Christian who dares to quit blindly accepting the 'bible-based' assumptions of fundamentalism to begin his deeply personal quest for a reasoned faith." - Mel White, author of Religion Gone Bad and Holy Terror
"...an entertaining, illuminating, and thought-provoking work for Christians and non-Christians alike."
"Much needed at a time like this. This was truly one of the best books that I have ever read."
"Secret thoughts, emotions and memories resonated with one's own past and present life and made me laugh, cry and look at my faith in a different way."
"...well researched and thought out. ...he's not just pulling stuff out of the air."
"If you are tired of moral dogmatism that doesn't appear to be anything like Jesus, you will find this a refreshing read... If you like reading controversial books, you will order this one.... If you fear asking questions, don't read this book."
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