When Evangelicalism has Stopped Making Sense
This is the site for the author, J. Michael Jones. His book, Butterflies in the Belfry, Serpents in the Cellar; An Unintentional Quest for Natural Christianity, is now available in all major bookstores and outlets. You can order discounted copies at Lulu book disturbers below. Naked Christian Press is proud to publish this important book, our first in a series of refreshing books on Christianity and culture.
The Big Questions Addressed in Butterflies in the Belfry
- Why is there suffering?
- Why do bad things happen?
- How much was modern Christianity influenced by Greek and other philosophies?
- How do we escape Christian fatalism?
- What is the relationship between faith and reason?
- Why should we respect and enjoy the material world?
- How does one recover from a severe disillusionment in Christianity?
- What does depression look like from the inside out?
- How do we achieve a great candor in our Christian thinking?
- What are the bare essentials for living in a Christian community?
What Readers are Saying About Butterflies in the Belfry–Serpents in the Cellar
Here are quotes from readers:
When evangelicalism stops making sense, Butterflies in the Belfry is a road map back to sanity.
A must-read for anyone who has every doubted their faith or experienced a serious Christian disillusionment.
Will be one of the most talked about Christian books by the end of the year.
I got the book yesterday. Over half-way through it. Man, you are a good writer. And I am so glad you wrote this book!
In 1988, Michael Jones moved his family to the Middle East to be
missionaries to Muslims as part of one of the most demanding
Christian organizations. Michael found the Muslim people to be
extremely hospitable, but discovered serious flaws within his own
evangelical worldview. After a catastrophic collapse of faith, standing
in middle of the post-evangelical wilderness, Michael contemplates
the possible paths out, including returning to agnosticism or even
Michael takes the reader on an intimate yet intellectually enthralling
journey through his personal history and the history of Western
civilization. In the end, not only does he find the answers to his
personal dilemma, but, inadvertently, he discovers a refreshing form
of Christianity, that has been forgotten.
Here is one of the endorsements:
I have my own story of the religious wilderness, as do a multitude of
others. But J. Michael Jones’s story stands out to me as a fresh example
of how churches and Christian organizations often fail to nurture faith
and maturity, instead leading their members into faith crises through
lack of love and simple human understanding. The problem of dualism
he puts his finger on is often at the heart of the problem. Before we are
Christians, we are human beings, and too many have forgotten that.
Read this book as one good help for finding the way back.
Chaplain Michael Mercer
Lead writer, Internet Monk
Author of “Walking Home Together” (23rd Publications)
Chapter One – The Year of the Rabbit 9
Chapter Two – Postcards from the Post-Evangelical Wilderness. 26
Chapter Three – Strangled by My Belt 32
Chapter Four – The Baptist Bar Mitzvah. 41
Chapter Five – What are You Worth?. 51
Chapter Six – Repossessed Memories. 60
Chapter Seven – Freakin’ Jesus Freaks. 69
Chapter Eight – Foundation Blocks. 76
Chapter Nine – Linchpin. 81
Chapter Ten – The Shoulders. 94
Chapter Eleven – Utopia?. 101
Chapter Twelve – The Great Bifurcation. 107
Chapter Thirteen – The Celestial Tango. 117
Chapter Fourteen – A Mystery of Cars. 122
Chapter Fifteen – House of Medici: The Midwives of the Renaissance. 130
Chapter Sixteen –The Gnostics. 145
Chapter Seventeen – A Divided Present 160
Chapter Eighteen – The Summit Ridge. 167
Chapter Nineteen– So? The Philosophical Question. 174
Chapter Twenty – So? The Spiritual Question. 184
Chapter Twenty-one—So? The Question of Community. 187