Central's Theology on Tap - Wed July 18th

Summer greetings to all! The votes from our Doodle poll are in, and for our next book we will read and discuss: 

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science - by Mike McHargue. 

 Like everything it's available from Amazon. Haven't checked on other sources. Pastor Linda, Teri Pittman and I had a chance to attend a workshop Mike keynoted last year. I am hoping his book is as good as his lectures were.

 Rev Jon Barnes will lead at least the initial sessions. If you have a chance please read the first two chapters. 

 The initial meeting will be 7 pm on Wed July 18th at the home of Mark and Mary Rinehart

    5157 Greenside Dr.
    Indianapolis, IN  46235

 Please feel free to bring a beverage of your choice. 

 We can decide the schedule and location for subsequent sessions on the 18th. 

 Child Care - Rineharts have room for kids. If we have future meetings at Tomlinson Tap, child care could be provided at church. 


Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science - by Mike McHargue

From the host of The Liturgists podcast and Ask Science Mike

A story of having faith, losing it, and finding it again through science—revealing how the latest in neuroscience, physics, and biology help us understand God, faith, and ourselves.

Forty-four percent of Americans will go through a major faith transition in their lives. And now, with church attendance on the decline and increasing cultural independence from Christian social norms, this trend has reached a tipping point: the fastest growing religion in America is "none."

Mike McHargue understands the pain of unraveling belief. In Finding God in the Waves, Mike tells the story of how his Evangelical faith dissolved into atheism as he studied the Bible, a crisis that threatened his identity, his friendships, and even his marriage. Years later, Mike was standing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean when a bewildering, seemingly mystical moment motivated him to take another look. But this time, it wasn't theology or scripture that led him back to God—it was science. 

 Full of insights about the universe, as well as deeply personal reflections on our desire for certainty and meaning, Finding God in the Waves is a vital exploration of the possibility for knowing God in an age of reason, and a signpost for where the practice of faith is headed in a secular age. Among other revelations, we learn what brain scans reveal about what happens when we pray; how fundamentalism affects the psyche; and how God is revealed not only in scripture, but in the night sky, in subatomic particles, and in us.