New Book Urges Readers to Find Certainty through Questions

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Theodore M. Snider uses theological background to offer believers a path to comfortable faith

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“Much of what the church teaches today,” says author Theodore M. Snider, “regardless of where it may be on the theological continuum, is out of touch with reality as we know it.” In his new book “And Jacob Digged a Well: Faith in the Twenty-First Century” (published by iUniverse) her offers an overview of cosmology, biology, neuroscience, evolution, other areas of science, and history, in which he advances a new understanding of faith.

“Over several years,” Snider writes, “I became increasingly dissatisfied with the answers traditional Christianity gave – especially in light of scientific findings about the nature of the universe, the insights of neuroscience about the brain and how beliefs are formed, and the historical findings that called into question “accepted” interpretations of the church.”

An excerpt from “And Jacob Digged a Well”:

“The more I studied and struggled to understand the Christian tradition, the more I came to see its very human origins. It became apparent that Christianity – and all other religions as well – were cultural products. I could see how religion provides certain psychological and social functions for both the individuals and the larger society in which they participated. But I could no longer affirm with any sense of integrity that they were divinely ordained. Just how God was involved in any of the various religious structures remained an open question.”

Snider hopes to challenge readers to find the answers to their own questions of faith. “I want persons to know that they have a right and even an obligation to ask the hard questions about what they believe and why.”

About the Author
Theodore M. Snider earned a doctorate in theology from Christian Theological Seminary and serves as pastor of research. Snider was founder and editor of the monthly journal Parish and Process. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children and live in Washington, Ill.

Snider is also the author of “The Continuity of Salvation: A Study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” and “The Divine Activity: An Approach to Incarnational Theology.”

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