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- Editor: Zondervan (1 de mayo de 1992)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0310755018
- ISBN-13: 978-0310755012
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The Myth of Certainty also does an excellent job of showing how the questioning intellectual Christian often finds himself or herself at odds, both with the conservative church for the very act of questioning, and with the secular, intellectual world of ideas for trying to incorporate into itself, a personal faith (which it incorrectly and illogically presumes to be contradictory); the reflective Christian, a starling with no place to call home.
Perhaps its most encouraging element, however, is a balm for the many Christians out there who have been attacked and deeply wounded by the Church or fellow Christians (often, all the more deep a wound because it came from the one place you would not expect it, however naive this may be). The author, clearly having been wounded himself, as have many of us, myself included (especially?), offers a compassionate empathy, while humbly and clear-sightedly reminding us that the Church is comprised merely of humans, with the same struggles, short-comings, and blindspots that each of us undeniably has. In light of this, he urges us not to give up on the Church, but to strive to contribute to it, to help improve it, to make it more of a source of healing and less of a cause for hurt.
I deeply enjoyed this book because it helped ease the sense of isolation that I think many reflective Christians feel ("Does anyone in this world understand me?"). While appealing to my sense of intellectual honesty (and perhaps intellectual elitism) on the one hand, it simultaneously humbles me and reminds me that I am just as much a fallen and wretched creature as anyone is, and that inaction is simply not a viable choice. I would suggest this book to anyone that is serious about reflecting deeply and honestly on his or her faith. Attempting to understand that one can believe faith to be absolutely true, without incorrectly claiming to possess this knowledge with certainty.
With this reprint, Traylor, at the very least, can continue to give those like-minded readers a name while addressing our situations. He appeals to the reader's spiritual side, giving voice to many of the frustrations we share and helping to make us feel less isolated; at the same time, he does not neglect the intellectual side, providing us with a rational way of coping with our questions.
This is not to say he gives easy answers. With refreshing restraint in a world too full of authors with the solution, Traylor is instead comfortable with providing a thorough discussion of the issue in a clear and readable style. His narrative vignettes are often humerous, and the expository discussions are both reasoned and subtle. Much like his protagonist, Traylor is engaged in a quest for balance, and he shares the experience with us.
With the new focus within academe on multicultural education, Traylor's work further helps to elucidate a growing concern: the place of religion of spirituality and religion in the discussion and curriculum. Books such as "Surviving Diversity" and essays such as "The Hollow Curriculm" by Sollod are only now beginning to address issues that Traylor raised far earlier. This book is essential for educators, critics, and anyone committed to Christ yet unsure of the play between his or her faith and reason.
While the original book disappeared off my shelf some time ago, victim no doubt of a forgetful colleague, I have often referred back to it in my memory. I am so pleased at this reprint that I'm purchasing two copies--one to lend, but one to keep!