It's natural for people to have questions about Christianity. What does Jesus really have to offer in a world that is so complicated, where there's so much pain? What difference could he make in my life? For years Cliffe Knechtle has been fielding objections to Christianity from thousands of people. They want to know what Jesus has to do with real life. In this book he provides his responses to some of the toughest questions people have asked.
Knechtle ("Give Me an Answer") works as a Christian apologist and evangelist,
visiting college campuses across North America. This book attempts no
systematic explanation or defense of Christian belief, but provides Knechtle's
response to 39 basic questions raised by his audiences. The resulting
evangelical FAQ gives a sense that times are changing for Christian
apologetics. Knechtle is not silent on classic topics such as the problem of
evil, or who Jesus is, but his emphasis has shifted from rational "evidences"
to the questions being asked by an increasingly postmodern generation of
undergraduates: questions about values and relativism, relationships, guilt,
forgiveness and hope. Even his treatment of divine existence takes on a
strongly relational cast. As the book's title indicates, Knechtle generally
assumes as a starting point that his readers have some positive interest in
Christian faith. What he does not assume is an even rudimentary knowledge of
Christian doctrine. Much of the book is devoted to basic explanations of
Christianity and illustrative stories, often with a strong emotional appeal.
These sections read more like an evangelistic talk than an apologetic treatise.
The book will be most satisfying for those with a genuine interest in
Christianity and relatively little previous knowledge of the Bible. For
inquirers who are more familiar with Christian teaching, or are asking more
complex questions, this undoubtedly sincere book may come up short. (Aug.)
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