The Searchers

A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt

By Joseph Loconte
(Thomas Nelson, Hardcover, 9781595554468, 240pp.)

Publication Date: June 2012

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Never before had they known such hope.

In a world drenched in violence and oppression, here was a man armed with a message of peace and freedom. Into lives nearly overwhelmed by grief and sorrow, he brought compassion and healing and the deepest joy. To people who felt like outcasts and aliens, he showed the way home. And then, in one devastating night, all their hopes collapsed.

This is where our story begins in the valley of despair. It is a tale of two friends, a stranger, and a search for truth in a world gone mad with doubt.

Historian Joseph Loconte unlocks the meaning of their exchange, set in the chaotic days following the execution of Jesus of Nazareth. Drawing from literature, film, philosophy, history, and politics, Loconte shows how this biblical drama is an integral part of our own story. Sooner or later, we will find ourselves among the searchers.

About the Author
Joseph Loconte is an Associate Professor of History at the King s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization and American Foreign Policy. His previous titles include God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West (Lexington, 2014) and The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012). His commentary on international human rights and religious freedom has appeared in the nation s leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Weekly Standard, and National Public Radio. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the London-based Standpoint magazine. Loconte serves as a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum and as an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he divides his time between New York City and Washington DC.
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