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A Gentler God: Breaking free of the Almighty in the company of the human Jesus

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Editorial ReviewsReview This is a beautiful piece of work. In the first half of the book, I thought: This is the best and deepest diagnosis of what 's wrong with American evangelicalism I ve ever read. In the second half, I thought, This is one of the most moving accounts of Jesus humanity and death I ve ever read. This book will stay with me for a long time. (Brian McLare ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published May 17th 2010 by Albatross (first published 2010)
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Eric Sundquist
A Gentler God by Doug Frank is broken into two parts. Part One deconstructs many parts of the evangelical Christian faith which have developed over the last 50-75 years, focusing on the change from a personal God to a more powerful, almighty God. Part Two reconstructs Christian faith in terms the author has found meaningful through his life - giving a newer explanation of what sin is and what it means to be saved and reconciled to God.

In Part One, the author gets most of his inertia from doing a
This is the story of a former conservative evangelical who has come to believe in a God that goes beyond the conventional God of evangelical theology. By playing on "our yearning for love and our susceptibility to fear" evangelicals are able to speak of a God who loves individuals enough to offer then eternal life, but is so angry with the same individuals that, should they refuse this offer, punishes them eternally. This is a God whose wrath is absolutely certain, but whose love is definitely n ...more
Jonathan Hiskes
Third time through and I still don't know what to do with this book. Plan to write on it for the next month or two.

... Two Oregon Extension friends and I wrote pages and pages of letters to each other processing this book and its significance. Can't do it justice in a capsule review.
A great example of theological argument both critical and constructive. This book makes me want to believe in God.
A scholarly and compassionate dismembering of. conservative Christianity, from the inside.
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I haven't finished, but this is one of the best books I've read in a while!
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