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Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light

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Most Evangelical Christians earnestly strive to worship the God of Love and Truth. But a belief that the Bible is literally perfect puts them in the odd position of defending falsehood, bigotry, and even violence. What do Evangelicals believe? And how do these beliefs subvert humanity’s shared moral values, including the compassionate ministry of Jesus in the New Testament ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Oracle Institute Press LLC
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Kurt
Dec 03, 2012 Kurt rated it really liked it
This book had me worried for a while. I bought a copy after a friend sent me a link to this article when I told him about how I had quit believing in God and how isolating that experience had been. Dr. Tarico's article was incredible, a warm and comforting affirmation that I was not nearly as alone as I had felt, and I quickly decided to stop being afraid to come out on Goodreads and to buy this book (and a few others - there are more details about my own faith story in my reviews of Leaving the ...more
Tina
Oct 13, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
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Tarico covers familiar territory for this genre, but her bravery in telling her story is what inspires me. Some statements that resonate with me:

"This struggle continues both for those who are bonded to Christian communities of faith and those who leave them behind. For me, questioning and ultimately abandoning faith was neither an end point nor a beginning, but simply part of the very same quest that once put Evangelical belief and worship at the center of my life."

"I would rather live with una
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Katherine
Oct 04, 2011 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Her insights about the human mind and it's tendency toward religious belief, her study of the historicity of the bible and Christianity, her study of morality and universal ethics, her encouragement towards free thinking, curiosity and pursuit of truth without fear all come together in this book in a way that profoundly changed my life. This book is one of my favorite all time books.
Eleanor Cowan
Aug 26, 2016 Eleanor Cowan rated it it was amazing
If you'd like thoughtful support while questioning the beliefs you've held since birth, this compassionate ex-Evangelical writer will both comfort and educate you. Tarico presents a step-by-step examination of the most common beliefs, and begins by respectfully pointing out that these were handed to you by sincere ancestors doing the best they could in a world that knew little of science and less of communication. Crossing the swinging rope bridge from religious guarantees to a more complex plac ...more
Justin Powell
Dec 13, 2013 Justin Powell rated it it was amazing
*Note - This is an updated and revised version of The Dark Side: How Evangelical Teachings Corrupt Love and Truth, published in 2006

I read The Dark Side first, followed by this book. I highly recommend skipping over the earlier edition and just purchasing/reading this one. This book is neither directed, nor intended for atheists/skeptics or committed Christians or their apologists. It's clearly intended for those on the edge of their faith and are having doubts.

Though I did not really learn muc
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Dan McGrath
Jan 01, 2015 Dan McGrath rated it it was amazing
Terico examined the internal logic of Evangelicals and implications of literal interpretation of the Bible, brilliantly researched and written, even gently humorous at times.
Helped me understand my friends who
Are staunch evangelicals and where our
Differences lie. Strengthened by own beliefs.
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“We humans are prone to err, and to err systematically, outrageously, and with utter confidence. We are also prone to hold our mistaken notions dear, protecting and nourishing them like our own children. We defend them at great cost. We surround ourselves with safe people, people who will appreciate our cherished views. We avoid those who suggest that our exalted ideas, our little emperors, have no clothes.” 4 likes
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