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The Future of Faith

Narrated by: Don Hagen
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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Legendary Harvard religion scholar Harvey Cox offers up a new interpretation of the history and future of religion. Cox identifies three fundamental shifts over the last 2,000 years of church history:

The Age of Faith was when the early church was more concerned with following Jesus' teachings than enforcing what to believe about Jesus.

The Age of Belief marks a significant shift-between the fourth and twentieth centuries-when the church focused on orthodoxy and right beliefs.

The Age of the Spirit, that began in the 1960s and is shaping not just Christianity but other religious traditions today, is ignoring dogma and breaking down barriers between different religions. Spirituality is replacing formal religion.

Reflecting on how his own faith journey mirrors these three historical shifts, Cox personalizes the material in a compelling, practical ways. The Future of Faith is a major statement by one of the most revered theologians today.

©2009 Harvey Cox (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 08-11-19

Spares me from reading!

I already have cataracts, so audio books are essential to my continuing research and education. In this regard, can you stop using gray (tiny grey letters on black?

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A subjective not objective view of Religion

I found fault with most of the authors assumptions and explanations. He denigrates beliefs and honors mysteries when they are of the same substance. I was angry during most of this book.

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  • Rev. David B. Smith
  • 03-18-19

Lots of insights but blinkered at points

The professor has lots of insights into the future of the church. At the same time though, his own theological agenda seems to compromise his academic integrity at numerous points.

He depicts the first few centuries of the church’s existence as being a time when various versions of Christianity flourished and there was great tolerance. It’s as if he has never read the epistles of Saint Paul.