The Sin Of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our Correct Beliefs by Peter EnnsThe Sin Of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our Correct Beliefs by Peter Enns

The Sin Of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our Correct Beliefs

byPeter Enns

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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The controversial evangelical Bible scholar and author of The Bible Tells Me So explains how Christians mistake “certainty” and “correct belief” for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy.

With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of “once for all delivered to the saints.”

Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide.

Combining Enns’ reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

Title:The Sin Of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our Correct BeliefsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062272098

ISBN - 13:9780062272096


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking, refreshing Peter Enns gives voice to the thoughts many of us are too afraid to admit, even to ourselves. How refreshing to see them in print and wrestle with them, and realize that it's OK. I think the book really hits the nail on the head. When we are so concerned about having the right beliefs we essentially make our own god, and we fail to actually trust God or live a life of love. While Peter's "in your face" sarcastic writing style is not my favorite, I still couldn't put the book down until I was finished.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Example of Learning to Trust and Let Go! This book was great and met me where I was and am in my journey with God. It tells of the fact that not everything that is faith is head knowledge. At a deep level, it comes down to trusting the Father, that he knows what He's doing with our lives. Again great book.
Date published: 2016-11-19

Editorial Reviews

“What is so compelling about Enns’ approach for Christian readers is that he writes about his own deep faith in God . . . refreshing. He’s a remarkable storyteller.”