Evolving in Monkey Town
How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
Rachel Held Evans
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Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions 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, award-winning writer Rachel Held Evans tells her fearlessly honest story of survival. Over eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a mockery of Christian fundamentalism and a spectacle of her hometown of Dayton, Tennessee, Evans explains how evangelicalism survived by successfully adapting to a modern environment. As a result of this adaptation, the conservative Christian community so embraced modern rationalism that Evans grew up in a culture obsessed with apologetics and the Apostle's call to "always be ready with an answer" in defense of the faith.
But when rehearsed answers about religious pluralism, human suffering, biblical interpretation, science, and eternity fail to quiet her own doubts, Evans finds herself in the midst of a faith crisis that forces her to reconsider all she thought she knew about God. Evans concludes that if her faith and the faith of her generation is to survive in a postmodern world, it must once again adapt to its environment and evolve.
Evolving in Monkey Town describes the cultural shift from modernism to postmodernism, using as an illustration the author's journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith. By introducing unforgettable characters like June the Ten Commandments Lady, Sam the Feminist, and Nathan the Soldier, Evans puts faces on the theoretical notions of human suffering, pluralism, hell, and hypocrisy in order to challenge her readers to reassess their approach to Christianity in the context of a postmodern environment ... where knowing all the answers isn't as important as asking the questions.
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