Over 80 years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a mockery of Christian fundamentalism and a spectacle of her hometown of Dayton, Tennessee, Rachel Held Evans explains how evangelicalism survived by successfully adapting to a modern environment. As a result of this adaptation, the conservative Christian community so embraced modern rationalism that Evans grew up in a culture obsessed with apologetics and the Apostle's call to "always be ready with an answer" in defense of the faith. But when rehearsed answers to the Problem of Evil, the destiny of the un-evangelized, Biblical inerrancy and other difficult questions fail to quiet her own doubts, Evans finds herself in the midst of a faith crisis that forces her to reconsider all she thought she knew about God. Evans concludes that if her faith and the faith of her generation is to survive in a postmodern world, it must once again adapt to its environment and evolve.
Evolving in Monkey Town describes the cultural shift from modernism to postmodernism, using the author's spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith as an illustration. By introducing unforgettable characters like June the Ten Commandments Lady, Sam the Feminist, and Geoffery the Boy Soldier, Evans puts faces on the theoretical notions of human suffering, pluralism, hell, and hypocrisy in order to challenge her readers to reassess the fundamentals of Christianity in the context of a postmodern environment, where knowing all the answers isn't as important as truly asking the questions.show more