In “Evolving in Monkey Town,” Rachel Held Evans recounts her experiences growing up in Dayton — a town that epitomized Christian fundamentalism during the scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.
Eighty-five years after the Scopes trial was said to have made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and bought national attention to her hometown, Evans discovers how young evangelical views have shifted frantically on evolution and Christianity. She faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith.
Evolving in Monkey Town” is the story of how Evans’ faith survived her doubts — when knowing all the answers isn’t nearly as important as asking the questions ... “that following Jesus Christ is a lot less about being right and lot more about, well, surviving,” she confided.
Using as an illustration, her own spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith, Evans 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, “Evolving in Monkey Town” is a fearlessly told history of survival.
Evans is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in local and national publications. She lives in Dayton with her husband, Dan. Find out more at rachelheldevans.com.
The 227-page “Evolving in Monkey Town” is published by Zondervan.
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