Reasons to Believe: One Man's Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind
From a veteran journalist and former 60 Minute s producer comes an intimate portrait of evangelicals, one of the most influential forces in America today, and the story of how this lapsed believer came to terms with his faith. "In 2003, while on assignment for 60 Minutes , I interviewed a couple for a piece on the Left Behind series, the bestselling Christian novels about the apocalypse. At the end of that meeting, they asked me a question: would I be left behind? In other words, had I accepted Jesus as my savior or would I go to hell? This book represents the answer to that question.". Born again at age sixteen, John Marks later abandoned his faith. In Reasons to Believe he attempts to cross a deep cultural barrier to understand those who now condemn his way of life. He grapples with the message that millions of evangelicals attempt to deliver to their fellow citizens every day and speaks at length with missionaries, political activists, theologians, Christian musicians, and filmmakers—the rich and powerful, the poor and broken, and the pastors who have turned small congregations into megachurches. This is familiar and often comforting territory for Marks, and he still has a profound understanding of what it means to be an evangelical. In Reasons to Believe he presents this world from the inside out.
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A beautifully poignant book, it was, at times, profoundly painful for me to read. John Marks is a man who lost his faith, first in Christ then in the existence of God. There is an air of suppressed rage towards evangelicalism and yet that rage coincides with both respect and, dare I say it, love... ...more
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