The End of Our Exploring by Matthew Lee Anderson
A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith

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A Note from the Author:

What does it mean to
ask a question?

That's a funny way of putting it, isn't it? The answer seems
perfectly obvious: people want information, so they make an inquiry. What else could
a question mean, if it's more than that?

It's pretty popular these days to
say that Christians ought to ask the hard questions.  And for good reason:
it's true. There are challenges that deserve serious attention, questions that we
should carefully consider. Faith isn't the sort of thing that will endure as long
as our eyes are closed.  The opposite, in fact:  faith helps us see, and
that means not shrinking from the ambiguities and the difficulties that provoke
our most profound questions.

I'm a fan of questioning. My education was built
on the notion not only that we need not fear questions, but that by the grace of
God we have the safety and security to rush headlong into them and find ourselves
better for it on the other side.

The past decade of my life I have continued
that process of inquiry, exploration, and discovery. I can't claim to have always
had the right disposition about my inquiries. (And all his friends and his spouse
said "Amen!").  But I have never once quit caring about the learning, about
the growth that is before us, and the questions that will lead us into it.

is why I want to look at questioning itself, to step back and examine how exploration
and inquiry fits within the Christian life.

In our embrace of questioning,
we must learn to question well. In our uncertainty, we must not give up the task
of walking worthy of the calling which Christ has placed upon us.  For we have
not yet reached the end of our exploring.

What does it mean to question well? 
That's a good question.

-Matthew Lee Anderson


About Matthew Lee Anderson

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MATTHEW LEE ANDERSON is the Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy and is studying for an M.Phil. in Christian Ethics at Oxford University. He has explored the relationships between evangelicalism and politics and the generational shifts in evangelicalism. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith, in which he explores how Christian theology shapes our thinking about issues like human sexuality, tattoos, and death. His work has appeared at the Washington Post, CNN, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Relevant, The City, and various other places. He lives in Oxford with his wife.
Published June 21, 2013 by Moody Publishers. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Anderson’s subtitle, “A Book About Questioning and the Confidence of Faith,” juxtaposes what many tear asunder—raising questions while remaining confident that the Christian faith is the best vantage point from which to pose hard questions.

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The Gospel Coalition

How can I question well unless I take for granted some prior knowledge that I don’t question, as the basis of my questioning?

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