Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not A Christian
clearly defined the mindset for Russell's brand of cynic atheism. But, as extensive as his critique may have been, it did not cover every argument against belief in the creator. John Stott (Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today
) takes up the challenge of finding the loophole in the reasoning of his chronologically displaced literary adversary, and turns the argument on its ear. Scholarly research, flowing prose, and many illustrative examples, both literary and biblical, crown his short masterpiece, as believer and unbeliever alike will be brought closer to an understanding of how God's election works.
Why Jesus? Perhaps you have had the funny feeling that God wants to get your attention. Or maybe you're intrigued with what you've heard about Jesus. Or maybe you're simply looking for meaning and direction in your life. John Stott has spent a lifetime wrestling with questions about Jesus both personally and in dialogue with skeptics and seekers around the globe. Now in Why I Am a Christian he provides a compelling, persuasive case for considering the Christian faith. If you take an honest look at Jesus, you will discover that following him gives you the purpose, identity and freedom you've been searching for--and far more than you have ever imagined.
John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Stott's best-known work, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include and a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in series of New Testament expositions. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queens New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.
Amid a virtual smorgasbord of world religions, what answer can a believer in Christ give as to why he or she has chosen the Christian faith? Many people have no answer to this question; but, in his book Why I Am a Christian, John Stott enumerates the scriptural and intellectual reasons why it makes sense to pursue a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Stott contends that it is Christ alone who is responsible for our acceptance of Him, and he points to I John 4:19, which tells us, 'We love because He first loved us.' Through the validity of this and other verses of scripture, and with compelling persuasion, Stott draws on his years as an evangelist, preacher, and writer to help his readers look honestly at why they believe in the things they profess. Stott's previous books include The Cross of Christ and Basic Christianity.
Reasoning that being a Christian not only helps define who we are, but also sets us free to be what we were created to be, Stott says, Until we have discovered ourselves, we cannot easily discover anything else. He also says, Thus, we are called both to self-affirmation and to self-denial, and we need discernment to distinguish which is appropriate and when. These are profound statements, the responses to which can lay the groundwork for a solid, confident profession of faith in Christ.
This is a book for every follower of Christ. The clear and rational reasoning it provides can be used by all believers who desire an answer to the question of why they, too, are Christians. -- Nancy K. Brown, Christian Book Previews.com
Why I am a Christian is easy to read and presents the essentials of Christianity clearly. The book can be read devotionally by Christians with much profit. It can also be given as a gift to non-Christians interested in learning about Christianity.
"In a time when many Christian authors recommend the claims of Christian faith by descriptions of faith encounters and invitations to 'dance with the mystery,' John Stott . . . offers a clear and compelling account of the theological basis for his own belief. . . . It's the sort of book that Christians who need a more reasoned, thoughtful approach to their faith will read and then pass along to skeptical friends."