The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable

by Robert Wuthnow. University of California Press, 2012.


Written by a sociology professor at Princeton University, this resource uses material from over 200 interviews to study how Americans manage the relationship between faith and reason.


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Recommended Audience

clergy and seminarian


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Practical Applications

  • Understand the internal faith world of congregants by studying the various ways people of faith sustain religious commitments in a culture ruled by rationality.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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