Rachel Held Evans Bio, Family, Books, Illness and Death.


Rachel Held Evans Biography

Rachel Held Evans was an American Christian columnist, blogger and author. Her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood was on The New York Times’ e-book non-fiction best-seller list.

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Rachel Held Evans Age

Rachel was born in the year 1981 June 8th but died at the age of 37 years old with only one month four days remaining for her to turn to 38 years old that is this year 2019 June 4th.

Rachel Held Evans Family

Evans was born in Alabama, to Peter and Robin Held, and spent her early years in Birmingham, Alabama. At age 14, she and her family moved to Dayton, Tennessee, where her father took an administrative position at Bryan College.

She attended Rhea County High School and then went to Bryan College where she majored in English literature. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003 and married her college boyfriend, Dan Evans. They moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she worked as an intern for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Rachel Held Evans Career

In 2004, Evans returned to Dayton where she worked full-time for The Herald-News, the local paper. In 2006, she switched from full-time employment to writing pro bono as the paper’s humour columnist; in 2007, she won an award for Best Personal Humor Column from the Tennessee Press Association. She continued to write freelance articles for national publications and began to blog.

In September 2008, Evans signed with Zondervan for her first book, Evolving in Monkey Town. The book explores her journey from religious certainty to a faith which accepts doubt and questioning; the title is based on the Scopes Monkey Trial that took place in Dayton.

Her second book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master, was published in October 2012.

She recounts how she spent an entire year of living a Biblical lifestyle literally. The book also garnered national media attention for Evans as she appeared on The Today Show. In 2014, Evans re-released Evolving in Monkey Town with the new title of Faith Unraveled.

In 2015, she wrote a column in The Washington Post: “Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool’”. In the column she self-identified as a millennial, and expressed her belief that while churches in the United States are attempting to get more millennials in the church, their approach is wrong because they focus primarily on stylistic aspects, which she believed “are not the key to drawing millennials back to God in a lasting and meaningful way.

Young people don’t simply want a better show.” She believed that while the church is acting in good faith in their efforts to bring millennials back to the church, they too frequently use misguided strategies to do so.

Evans was an Episcopalian and attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee. At the time of her death, she no longer considered herself to be an evangelical due to its close association with the Christian right in the United States.

In early August 2016, Evans published an editorial for Vox defending her “pro-life Christian” position and support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Rachel Held Evans Theology

Rachel Held Evans and the Democratization of Theology

I don’t know how to grieve her death so I’m trying to write my way through it. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that she had a historically significant impact on American Christianity as a major spearhead of the post-evangelical movement. Rachel was at the centre of the whirlwind in the democratization of Christian theology.

In the 15th century, the invention of the Gutenberg press meant that every literate Christian could read the Bible for themselves. This sowed the seeds for the Protestant Reformation in which the self-interpreted Bible supplanted the church magisterium as the basic authority for Christian teaching.

In the 21st century, the Internet and specifically the blogosphere has created an analogous shift that I don’t think is less monumental. Now Christians not only have our own Bibles to read. Today our authoritative biblical interpreters are vetted not through carefully controlled publishing houses and theological education systems, but through the likes and shares of the masses.

Rachel Held Evans insisted that a reasonably educated, smart, masterfully articulate but not-officially-theologically-credentialed journalist and memoir writer from small-town Tennessee could debate scripture with powerful, scholarly credentialed white men whose authority had never been challenged in the same way.

While there have been many Christian bloggers that have risen up over the past 15-20 years, none of them contributed more to today’s shift in theological authority than Rachel did.

Rachel established, for better or worse, that theological authority is not established by conformity to interpretive tradition, exhaustive scriptural proof-texting, or institutional imprimatur, but by what resonates with a lot of people.

And that shift in theological authority is cataclysmic in ways that won’t be fully recognized until the millennials have actually taken charge of our society and the megachurches baby boomers built around authoritative, confident white men with lapel microphones are all empty warehouses with “For Lease” signs in the window.

Rachel Held Evans Books

1. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
2. Finding Church
3. Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church
4. Faith Unraveled
5. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”

Rachel Held Evans Quotes

1. “I have come to regard with some suspicion those who claim that the Bible never troubles them. I can only assume this means they haven’t actually read it.”

2. “If you are looking for verses with which to support slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to abolish slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to oppress women, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to liberate or honour women, you will find them.

If you are looking for reasons to wage war, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to promote peace, you will find them. If you are looking for an out-dated, irrelevant ancient text, you will find it.

If you are looking for truth, believe me, you will find it. This is why there are times when the most instructive question to bring to the text is not “what does it say?”, but “what am I looking for?” I suspect Jesus knew this when he said, “ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.”

If you want to do violence in this world, you will always find the weapons. If you want to heal, you will always find the balm.”

3. “My interpretation can only be as inerrant as I am, and that’s good to keep in mind.”

4. “…faith isn’t about having everything figured out ahead of time; faith is about following the quiet voice of God without having everything figured out ahead of time.”

5. “God’s ways are higher than our ways not because he is less compassionate than we are but because he is more compassionate than we can ever imagine.”

6. “Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create a sanctuary.”

7. “I told them we’re tired of the culture wars, tired of Christianity getting entangled with party politics and power. Millennials want to be known by what we’re for, I said, not just what we’re against. We don’t want to choose between science and religion or between our intellectual integrity and our faith. Instead, we long for our churches to be safe places to doubt, to ask questions, and to tell the truth, even when it’s uncomfortable.

We want to talk about the tough stuff—biblical interpretation, religious pluralism, sexuality, racial reconciliation, and social justice—but without predetermined conclusions or simplistic answers. We want to bring our whole selves through the church doors, without leaving our hearts and minds behind, without wearing a mask.”

Rachel Held Evans Coma

Evans was placed in a medically-induced coma in April 2019 following an allergic reaction to medication for an infection.

Rachel Held Evans Death

Evans was placed in a medically-induced coma in April 2019 following an allergic reaction to medication for an infection. By May 2, her condition worsened due to “severe swelling of her brain,” and she died on May 4, 2019, that was on a Saturday.