This book was first recommended to me by a friend, who reckons there are ten reasons why it is a must-read for EVERY young adult. It is easily the most accessible book I have read on apologetics (defending and explaining the faith). So much so in fact, that I have read it twice now, own two copies, and have lent it to work mates and family members!
The book rose as high as #7 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list, and can often be found sitting alongside (or up against?) Richard Dawkins’ book “The God Delusion” and other widely read secular and atheistic books.
The author, Tim Keller, is a pastor in New York, in a church comprised largely of twenty-somethings, and this book comes out of his experience of working through some of the following questions and opinions that are typically asked or held by young Christians and seekers:
- There can’t be just one true religion
- A good God could not allow suffering
- Christianity is a straitjacket
- The church is responsible for so much injustice
- A loving God would not send people to hell
- Science has disproved Christianity
- You can’t take the Bible literally
Ever come across any of this objections to Christianity, or do you sometimes struggle with one or two of them yourself?
As a skeptic or a seeker, this book will likely fill in some gaps in your understanding of what Christianity is all about, and perhaps clear up some misconceptions you may have about the Christian faith. As a believer, this book will leave you with a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of the Christian worldview in providing a way of looking at the world that is coherent and satisfying, because it is truth. It will also help you to be able to “give a reason for the hope you have (1 Peter 3:15).