Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian

Evangelical Christianity is generally loquacious; Minnesota Swedes seldom are. My Swedish evangelical paternal grandparents talked little about their deeply held faith, and then only in sober tones. They would have benefited from reading Thomas Long’s groundbreaking book, the fifth volume in the Practices of Faith series. Dorothy Bass, editor of the series, notes that “people wonder whether it is ever possible to talk about religious beliefs without becoming arrogant—or dying of embarrassment.” It was arrogance that my grandparents feared. Long shows how a person can talk about faith without arrogance or embarrassment in an age when religious talk is often considered cheap, shallow and self-serving.

 

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