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The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion - Leader's Guide

A Guide to Good Religion for Seekers, Skeptics, and Believers

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Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date:
1/31/2014
ISBN:
9780664259600
Pages:
64
Trim Size
5 x 8
Product Type:
Paper

If you think the only logical response to bad Christianity is to leave Christianity completely, this book is for you. In an effort to help those who've been hurt by or turned off by negative religion, Martin Thielen explains that there is an alternative to abandoning religion: good religion. Thielen uses personal stories to illustrate the dangers of religion that is judgmental, anti-intellectual, and legalistic. While addressing the growth of the new atheism movement and the "Nones" (people that have no religious affiliation), this book argues that leaving religion is not practical, not helpful, and not necessary. Thielen provides counterparts to the characteristics of bad religion, explaining that good religion is grace- filled, promotes love and forgiveness, and is inclusive and hope- filled.

Perfect for group study, the leader's guide provides everything needed to facilitate sessions and provide options based on the time and style of each group.

For more information, visit thielen.wjkbooks.com.

Martin Thielen is author of the best-selling What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? and The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion. He frequently writes for MinistryMatters.com, Circuit Rider, and Net Results, among others. He is Senior Pastor of Cookeville United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee. He offers worship and preaching ideas at www.GettingReadyForSunday.com.


Jessica Miller Kelleyis an editor, writer, and publishing consultant at JMK Editorial Services. She is also the managing editor of Ministry Matters and of Circuit Rider magazine.


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