Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans

Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans is not what the title would suggest at first glance. Although it chronicles the journey of a young woman growing up Christian in Dayton, Tennessee (home of the Scopes "monkey" trial ) , the book is not so much about the relationship between religion and science but the need for people of faith to be willing to evolve. Spurred by the example of her religious professor father and compassionate public school teacher mother, Held Evans found herself questioning many deeply held evangelical concepts, especially those that did not fit in with Christ's compassionate nature. I feel this would be a wonderful read both for those Christians who wonder if it's OK to doubt, and those so sure in their dogma that they cannot accept alternate interpretations of Scripture.

You can follow Rachel Held Evans on twitter @rachelheldevans


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