Manifold Witness written by Emergent theologian John Franke who describes truth as a reality that the variety of witnesses in the Christian tradition points towards. Far from demonstrating the weakness of the faith, Franke argues, the Manifold Witness of the Christian tradition points towards its truth. Such plurality, Franke believes, saves us from becoming a legalistic and rigidly dogmatic religion, rather than a faith that is expressed beautifully in many ways under the cross of Christ. Written for an audience who has not studied theology, Franke believes this message to be essential for believers to be able to respect, engage, and fellowship with one another.
A provocative, yet thoughtful argument that orthodox and biblical Christian faith is inherently diverse
In recent years there has been much discussion concerning the nature of the church and the nature of the Gospel we as Christians believe. In this book John Franke steers the direction of the conversation directly towards our philosophical understanding of the nature of truth and how we understand it theologically in the Christian tradition. The Result? A significant reformulation of our understanding of truth from a static singularity at the human level, to rearticulated dynamic reality.
Yet, this applies only to the human side. Truth remains, for Franke, from god's perspective as transcendent, exhaustive, and absolute. Therefore, the problem, he argues is not with truth itself but with human ability to grasp and understand truth fully. Challenging, accessible, lucid and immensely practical, I highly encourage both individuals and groups to engage Franke's work in Manifold Witness.
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