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Rachel Held Evans Quotes on Life: 6 Memorable Statements From Christian Writer

By    |   Monday, 01 Jun 2015 10:36 AM

Considering she is just 33-years-old, Rachel Held Evans has many poignant thoughts on life.

The Christian author and blogger has seen a lot in her three decades and feels motivated to share her views, despite receiving harsh criticism for her often liberal stances.

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Here are six quotes from Evans on life, both in general and in terms of being a Christian:

1. "Our differences matter. We argue with one another because our beliefs and actions are important and we are all invested in representing Christ to the world with integrity, consistency and love. A faith that spans more than 2,000 years and has reached every continent on the globe can't expect homogeneity, nor should we desire it."

2. "If being a Christian means following Jesus Christ, I think it’s entirely possible to be curious and intellectually engaged while simultaneously caring for the poor, forgiving enemies, and sharing the good news. My friend David put it this way, ‘The line between faith and doubt is the point of action. You don’t need certainty to obey, just the willingness to risk being wrong.'"

3. “This is why I need the Eucharist. I need the Eucharist because I need to begin each week with open hands. I need the Eucharist because I need to practice letting go and letting in. I need the Eucharist because I need to quit keeping score ... It's a scary thing to open your hands. It's a scary thing to receive, to say yes. I resist it every time. But somehow, whether it sneaks in through a piece of bread, a sip of wine, or a hatching bud, grace always, eventually gets through. And finally, at long last, I exhale my thanksgiving."

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4. “Church is a good place to practice being with people with whom you disagree, which is to say, a good place to practice being human.”

5. “Checking off the ‘none’ box in a religious survey may seem like a halfhearted or causal response, but for many of our friends and neighbors, it carries a lot of careful thought, a lot of pain, and in some cases, a lot of courage. We are each so much more complicated than the boxes we check on survey. Especially when it comes to faith - one of the most beautiful, frustrating, and complicated things of all.”

6. "The people who have taught me the most in life do not view themselves as teachers, but rather as perpetual students, always eager to learn more and always open to changing their minds."

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