51% Christian: Finding Faith after Certainty

51% Christian: Finding Faith after Certainty

God is not an idea. Christian faith is not a set of propositions you either believe or reject. According to a proper Trinitarian understanding, God is essentially relationship, a relationship of sheer, active, ecstatic, self-giving love.

This 51% Christian moniker is a ridiculous label with a deadly serious point. You now have permission to doubt, to question, to get angry at God. But, in the end, it’s not about you. Faith is about relationship: a living, daily relationship, based on trust, and active in concrete, daily practices.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506400198
  • eBook ISBN 9781506401140
  • Brand Theology for the People
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 190
  • Publication Date November 1, 2015


Review on Bill Tammeus's Faith Matters Blog


"Mark Stenberg is a brilliant theologian. In 51% Christian he makes some of the most graceful and beautiful theology you could ever imagine extremely accessible without sacrificing depth and complexity. There is nothing bland or trite here. He fills me with hope. He is also hilarious. You have found a treasure here. Enjoy."
—Debbie Blue
House of Mercy Church

Excerpt from the Afterword

"We were getting caught up in the campaign of Christianity and losing the relationship. And that's what you've seen in this book. Mark understands the shame and manipulation and hand-cuffing morality of the faith we were handed—the "smells like" culture Christians are always trying to shill to each other. He knows those sort of tactics are only a temporary fix. But he also understands the grace."