I'm just delighted and honored that my former teacher, Robert N. Bellah, who is among the most well-known sociologists of religion and culture now writing, has read my forthcoming book and written an endorsement. Thanks, Bob! Out in May from Eerdmans. Preorder on Amazon today!
“Faith as a Way of Life sums up the understanding of religion in most human cultures. Only in the modern West has the idea arisen that religion is a purely private, personal matter with little relation to the rest of life. In the modern world where society is fragmented and individuals are isolated this understanding of religion makes sense, but at the cost of religious integrity and vitality. Christian Scharen has written a book that can help pastoral leaders and lay Christians alike recover the deep and pervasive meaning of Christian faith even under modern conditions. He has no easy answers but by addressing the difficulties so clearly he helps us begin to understand what the wholeness of faith as a way of life really is.”
— Robert N. Bellah
University of California at Berkeley
Coauthor of Habits of the Heart