51% Christian

Finding Faith after Certainty

51% Christian

Finding Faith after Certainty

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God is not an idea. Christian faith is not a set of propositions you either believe or reject. According to a proper Trinitarian understanding, God is essentially relationship, a relationship of sheer, active, ecstatic, self-giving love.

This 51% Christian moniker is a ridiculous label with a deadly serious point. You now have permission to doubt, to question, to get angry at God. But, in the end, it’s not about you. Faith is about relationship: a living, daily relationship, based on trust, and active in concrete, daily practices.


Review on Bill Tammeus's Faith Matters Blog


"Mark Stenberg is a brilliant theologian. In 51% Christian he makes some of the most graceful and beautiful theology you could ever imagine extremely accessible without sacrificing depth and complexity. There is nothing bland or trite here. He fills me with hope. He is also hilarious. You have found a treasure here. Enjoy."

Debbie Blue | author of "Consider the Birds"

"Buckle up your seat belts and hold on to your hats, as Mark Stenberg is going to take you on a wild ride across theological terrain few are willing to enter. Stenberg moves so deftly between pop culture and classical theology and in such a deceptively entertaining way that you’ll hardly notice that he is inviting you into a far more exciting and life changing relationship to God than you'd imagined possible. Think you know enough about the Christian faith to embrace or reject it? Think again. Or, better, read Stenberg's manifesto and see where it leads you."

David Lose | president of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

 "What is the nature of the Christian faith? Lest we forget, it's about questions, curiosity, and wonder. Stenberg calls us back to God’s revelation and reminds us that God insists on and invites us into relationship. Reading this book, anticipate an adventure in the unpredictable and uncertain arenas of theology that is at the same time grounded in God's reckless love."

Karoline Lewis | professor of preaching, Luther Seminary

"Mark Stenberg is the smartest and funniest theologian I know. In 51% Christian, he delights in tangling with the big questions. His passion is so infectious you don't notice he has turned you into a theologian."

Russell Rathbun | pastor of House of Mercy Church

Excerpt from the Afterword

"We were getting caught up in the campaign of Christianity and losing the relationship. And that's what you've seen in this book. Mark understands the shame and manipulation and hand-cuffing morality of the faith we were handed—the "smells like" culture Christians are always trying to shill to each other. He knows those sort of tactics are only a temporary fix. But he also understands the grace."

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506400198
  • eBook ISBN 9781506401140
  • Brand Theology for the People
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 190
  • Publication Date November 1, 2015