Written from the perspective of a conservative, charismatic former pastor in Eugene, Oregon and current Bible and theology assistant professor at Bushnell University, A.J. Swoboda shares his take on the deconstruction movement which is sweeping evangelical faith communities. His journey, as well as his front row seat to the journeys of others, has allowed Swoboda to lead those in deconstruction through to reconstruction.
Swoboda covers major ground in just 191 pages of his book After Doubt. First and foremost, it is important to note that Swoboda does not denigrate doubt when it arises, as it can be a doorway into growth and maturity of faith. Furthermore, these doubts that arise may not see resolution in just a year or even a few years’ time. He points to church history and scripture for examples of doubts that take a lifetime to wrestle through.
The influence of an individualistic culture and postmodern Enlightenment has moved many to pursue freedom and knowledge independent of church history, tradition and scripture. This leads many to abandon their once held beliefs. Swoboda tries to create guardrails for those navigating doubt by giving a place for emotion, community, reflection, and church involvement.
Whether you are the individual navigating doubt or a leader walking through seasons of doubt with others, this book will equip you with compassion and guardrails for traveling the treacherous terrain of doubt while focusing on the goal of arriving at a deeper faith. Your time spent with Swoboda will be both challenging and hope filled.