Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask.
She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a postmodern context, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith, Evans adds a unique perspective to the ongoing dialogue about postmodernism and the church that has so captivated the Christian community in recent years. In a changing cultural environment where new ideas threaten the safety and security of the faith, Evolving in Monkey Town is a fearlessly honest story of survival.
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Review 1 for Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
Honest and thought provoking
Date:April 15, 2014
Rachel writes honestly and from the heart. She shares with us her journey. She obviously loves the Lord, which is what Christianity is all about. This author seems to understand that faith is about a relationship, not about rules that we have been spoon fed. Any relationship must have honesty and she is honest enough to struggle with her doubts and questions. Scripture is Truth and we need to turn to the Lord for guidance on understanding, not our own limited understanding. We need to have a heart that is willing to learn and grow and in order to do that, we must be honest about our struggles. As Evangelical Christians I pray we begin to move away from pointing judgmental fingers. Can we be humble enough to accept that we may not have the monopoly on true or total interpretation of scripture? God is so much bigger and more awesome than we give Him credit for. Yes, God is our judge but He is also LOVE! He is more loving than our little minds can conceive. Our Lord Jesus is the perfect example for us and He lives to save us both in eternity and in this life, here and now. - I am Praying for deepening of Faith for us all and for the many who have been beaten and bruised by fellow Christians to be blessed, restored and assured of relationship with our God.
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Review 2 for Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
Date:July 20, 2010
As someone who grew up in a small town in the deep South, there were many times that I wondered if she was talking about Dayton, Tennessee or if she was really talking about my own small towns. I really appreciated the history she shared about traditional evangelical beliefs and how those beliefs paved the way for her own discoveries. I learned a lot in this book not only about Rachel herself, but about Christianity in the South and how my own traditions fit in.As I read, I was struck by one major theme Rachel seemed to most struggle with the traditional views of heaven and hell. If youre born again and saved you go to heaven no matter what. If youve never accepted Jesus, you go to hell again, no matter what. So many people, particularly in the South, see this belief as the core of Christianity. If you dont believe this, youre not Christian. And yet this belief calls into question the unconditional love of God that Jesus proclaimed and lived. I admire Rachel for wrestling with this question and for being brave and honest enough to put it out there for the world to see.Im encouraged by her willingness to live in the gray to see the world as a rainbow of colors instead of black and white. She encourages us to see Christianity not as a set of beliefs, but as being Jesus in tennis shoes.