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By: Nelva Moss

A Question of Belief

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Belief is rarely pure and never simple. This book explores the particular perplexities of belief as experienced by one female vicar in the Church of England. To exercise a public and representational role within any faith community will always bring its own pressures and paradoxes. Here, the author acknowledges and explores her own questions, which cover a wide range of topics from politics to preaching; from science to suffering. A constant theme of the book is the relationship between fact and truth. Fact is, of course, an important vehicle of truth, but not the only one. Symbolism, metaphor, myth, the creative arts have all conveyed the deep truths of Christianity to the author, who remains totally committed to her faith. Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, she takes a non-literalist view of belief, which she accepts will not be shared by some fellow Christians. But in her experience and understanding, to follow Christ means to seek the eternal truth which he embodied, and which will always be more elusive and intriguing than a recital of fact. And – for the author at least – more joy-giving. This is a hopeful book!

Nelva Moss was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1994; the first year in which women were so ordained. Thus began over twenty years as a vicar in Dorset and Oxfordshire. This followed an earlier career in teaching, and time given to the upbringing of her three children. She has a love of history and good story telling, whether on the page or on the screen. Now retired, she lives with her husband, Mike, in Dorset. They enjoy visiting historic sites and exploring the English countryside, in which beautiful village churches are so often found next to delightful village pubs.

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