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Chuck Shingledecker
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The inquiring, sometimes irreverent, Christian author, photographer, and aspiring SF/Fantasy novelist all rolled into one!
The inquiring, sometimes irreverent, Christian author, photographer, and aspiring SF/Fantasy novelist all rolled into one!

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"I believe in God—usually. I mean most of the time I’m absolutely sure that God exists, though sometimes dying children and serial killers and Cancer and Tsunamis do make me wonder about His power or goodness. And on a few really bad days I’ve even been terrified that God may not be there at all. But yes, I do believe in God." #freedomtodoubt  
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 For those who do not know me, I am a two time, conventionally published author of Christian non-fiction. I am currently in the early stages of writing my third book exploring why people leave the Church. And so this post is a shout out to all who may be interested.

Are you a Christian who has left the Church or has contemplated leaving the Church? Are you a former Christian who has left the Church? If so, and of you would like to be interviewed (by me) for my next religious book (which will explore this topic) please post comment here or go to my website and use the Contact Form to email me.

The interview will take place in writing via email, or if you prefer, you can go to my Facebook Page and send me a Private Message. Which ever you prefer. I will not overwhelm you with questions. There are six in all. I may quote you in my next book, so anything you write may be used. Remember this is an INTERVIEW for a book project.  You will, of course, remain completely anonymous, though I would like to document your age, gender, denomination(s), and how long you were a church goer. But your name and any identifying information (short of your gender and age) will not be used in public.


Thanks. And I look forward to chatting with a few of you.
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For those who fear (or who've accused me) that my writing is just a bunch of religion bashing, here's an excerpt from the epilogue of Freedom to Doubt.
"Why do I remain a Christian despite all of my doubts, having so much in common with the doubters, skeptics, and religious critics out there who dig into the foundations of Christianity, only to discover that the entire structure is held together by nothing more than a thin and tattered piece of twine that appears as if it might snap at any moment? The answer is that I simply remain a person of faith.
Yes, in this book we’ve explored some of Christianity’s worst aspects and moments. But during its best, transcendent moments like the marathon Liturgies of Eastern Orthodox Holy Week, my faith— as riddled with doubt as it may be—enables me to see my own existence for what it is, an insignificant moment in time on a tiny speck of dust in the Milky Way galaxy. It helps me to see what really matters: friends, family, loved ones, and helping others— not in search of a reward, but because we are all living on this speck of dust, together. At its best, my faith enables me to look beyond the shadows of the world, by which our minds are veiled, and contemplate the holy and transcendent . And despite all my doubts, and the intellectual knowledge that there might not actually be anything beyond the shadows of this world, my faith is not something I could easily discard. Nor would I want to. It is a part of who I am, as much as my doubt is" (Shingledecker, Charles (2013-11-10). Freedom to Doubt (Kindle Locations 2508-2518). Tellectual Press. Kindle Edition.).

This is your last chance to get the book for .99 Cents!
http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Doubt-Charles-Shingledecker-ebook/dp/B00GM0J74M/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid
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My book, Freedom to Doubt is on sale for the next four days. .99 Cents for the Kindle Edition! 
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Reform your faith
Reform your faith
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False Evolution vs True Evolution
False Evolution vs True Evolution
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Ever doubted your faith? Ever been afraid to admit that you doubted your faith? I have and I discuss my journey (along with my book Freedom to Doubt) at length with John Shuck's NPR affiliated program Religion For Life. 

Available now via podcast:

http://religionforlife.me/2014/07/03/charles-shingledecker-freedom-to-doubt-july-3-9/
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Tonight my brand new interview on the syndicated radio program Religion for Life airs at 8pm on NPR affiliate WETS 89.5 FM out of Johnson City Tennessee. If you are not within broadcast range of Johnson City, you can listen live on their website.

For those who’ve not heard the broadcast, “Religion For Life is an exciting program that engages listeners in a subject few media hosts are able to discuss–religion. Religion is too important a topic to be left alone and too controversial to be left to the zealots. People do want to hear intelligent programs about religion as it relates to politics, sexuality, science and more. Religion For Life is a half hour program that explores the intersection of religion, social justice, and public life from an educational point of view.”

The host of Religion for Life, John Shuck, is a Presbyterian Minister who works with the Jesus Seminar. John has interviewed “religious scholars including Daniel Dennett (Breaking the Spell), Brene Brown (Daring Greatly), Harvey Cox (The Secular City), Candida Moss (The Myth of Persecution), John Shelby Spong (Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World), Barbara Kingsolver (Flight Behavior), Lawrence Krauss (A Universe From Nothing), and many more.”

The blurb about my interview says, “Charles “Chuck” Shingledecker cares about religion and about matters of faith. He cares so much that he is willing to engage in the honest searching tradition of apophatic theology. The fruit of this search is his book, Freedom to Doubt. He puts his inquiring mind to work doubting biblical stories and theological doctrines and shows that doubt, not fear, is the beginning of wisdom.”

I am humbled and honored to appear on John’s program that will air on multiple radio stations across three states (I will continue to post updates) over the next week. And beginning July 10 it will be available for download to listen to via iTunes and other podcasting media.

On this weekend, on which we Americans celebrate our Independence and Freedom from oppression, let us Christians always be reminded that Christ sets us free from the bondage of fear and grants us the freedom to question, the freedom to seek answers, and the freedom to doubt!
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