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Beyond Doubt : Faith-Building Devotions on Questions Christians Ask
Cornelius, Jr. Plantinga

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Format: Paperback, 335pp.
ISBN: 0802849652
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: December 2001

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From the pen of award-winning author Cornelius Plantinga Jr. comes this book of flesh-and-blood Christian meditations with a theological spine. Beyond Doubt unpacks the deep truths of the Christian faith by raising basic questions like these:

What is God like? Why pray? Male and female—how are we related? How do people see Jesus? What is the shape of the godly life? If the Lord is with us, why do we suffer? How do we face death?

Plantinga addresses such questions through short, vivid meditations, all written in the graceful, polished prose that he is celebrated for. Thoughtful and challenging throughout, the meditations each start with a Bible verse and end with a brief edifying prayer.

Building on the success of two earlier editions and now splendidly updated, Beyond Doubt is sure to inspire and encourage a wider readership, helping both new Christians and mature believers to grow in their faith.


At last! — a faith-building book that could spark life-changing discussions in churches and families, as well as formative reflections for those who read it alone. Beyond Doubt offers meditations with sudden turns and theological surprises deep enough for adults, yet with a clarity and plainness for youth — and all this with a freshness that is warmly inviting. The book’s effortless flow hides its eminently skillful craftsmanship. Cornelius Plantinga does much more than answer questions astutely; he also calms our fears, nurtures our longings for God, and strengthens our hopes in these tense times. The best theology is rooted in worship, and this book immerses us in prayer — and God!
—Marva Dawn

I know no one more trustworthy in guiding us into important questions such as these. And Plantinga’s graceful style adds a layer of unexpected pleasure.
—Philip Yancey


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Cornelius Plantinga Jr. is President of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The author of four books and coeditor of two, he serves on the editorial board of Books & Culture, and his many articles and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Theology Today, First Things, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and The Christian Century. His 1995 book on sin, Not the Way It's Supposed to Be, won the Christianity Today 1996 Book of the Year award.

Table of Contents

Questions about God
Question 1How Do We Come to Know God?3
Question 2What Is God Like?15
Question 3If the Lord Is With Us, Why Do We Suffer?27
Question 4How Does God Act?39
Question 5Why Pray?51
Question 6What Has God Called Us to Do?63
Questions about Humanity
Question 7What Are We Like as Fallen?77
Question 8What Are We Like as Redeemed?89
Question 9How, Then, Should We See Ourselves?101
Question 10World and Christian Community: How Do We Fit?113
Question 11Male and Female: How Are We Related?125
Questions about Jesus Christ
Question 12How Do People See Jesus?139
Question 13What Did Jesus Do?151
Question 14What Is Jesus Doing?163
Question 15But Why Are We Called Christians?175
Questions about Our Salvation
Question 16How Are We Saved?189
Question 17What Do We Expect from Salvation?201
Question 18What about Sin?213
Question 19How Should We Handle Our Wealth?225
Question 20How Can the Forgiven Forgive?237
Question 21What Is the Shape of the Godly Life?249
Questions about the Church
Question 22What Is the Nature of the Church?263
Question 23What Does the Institutional Church Do?275
Question 24How Is the Church Related to the State and the Kingdom of God?287
Questions about the Last Things
Question 25How Do We Face the Future?301
Question 26How Do We Face Death?313
Question 27What about the Consummation?325

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