Join us on Wednesday evenings beginning on Sept 18 for a one-hour discussion at a member’s home of what it means to be Christian in our culture today. Each week we will read and discuss one chapter of Sam Gould’s insightful book.
Here is what Gould writes about the purpose of his book:
I wrote Being Christian in the Twenty-First Century out of a concern for the graying of the church and decline in church affiliation, especially among younger people. The book presents a commonsense understanding of Christianity that avoids literalism, dogma, and doctrines—all factors which many believe is driving people away from the church. Being Christian does not restate orthodox positions or drift into fundamentalism or sentimentalism. Instead, it draws from a broad base of historical, theological, archaeological, and sociological scholarship to place Scripture within its original context, yet presents it within a perspective suitable for the twenty-first-century mind. Being Christian while scholarly, is also conversational, interesting, and often provocative. One reader put it this way, “the book reminds me of a baseball pitcher with a long wind up and a hard fastball getting better in every inning.” By building upon progressive thought available today and throughout history, it offers an important resource for Christians and would-be Christians seeking a more fulfilling and thoughtful faith journey.