An “Evolving Faith”: Spiritual Memoir by Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans‘ memoir Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask The Questions tells her story about growing up in evangelical culture and her difficulties in coming to make her faith her own. Growing up in the town where the Scopes Monkey Trial took place that shook fundamentalism, she pens her journey of coming to appreciate an “evolving faith” able to carry own throughout generations.

One quote I particularly liked from her introduction titled “Why I Am an Evolutionist” says, “The ability of the body of Christ to change–to grow fins when it needs to swim and wings when it needs to fly–has preserved it for over two thousand years, despite countless predictions of its imminent demise” (21). Evans uses a nice image here to morph her ideas about an evolving Christianity that mirror much of her spiritual journey throughout the book.

For more information about Evans’ memoir, click here. Or check out her new release of this book under the title Faith Unraveled here.


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