Book Review: Beyond Opinion

There are countless challenges to the Christian faith. Of course this is nothing new. Since the birth of the church, Christians have been called to not only proclaim the truth but also refute those who contradict (Titus 1:9). To the detriment of the church, we have often been on the defensive if not full retreat. In the early part of the 20th century there was the Fundamentalist mentality that argued that to be a faithful Christian and protect the truth from encroaching liberalism, we must therefore hunker down and maintain our ground. Thankfully, though, there were those who realized that Christians were to be salt and light in a fallen world which meant there was no option for retreat. On contrary, men like Carl F. H. Henry and later on Francis Schaeffer, saw it as their Christian duty to articulate and defend the Christian faith in light of the opposing tide of rising postmodernism.

In our present day the challenge remains. The church will forever be required to take a stand on truth and ably articulate a defense of the faith. What we have in this book edited by well-known Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, is a collection of timely essays on whole array of apologetic issues. As is the case with most books of collected essays, there are hit and misses. Thankfully most are well written and offer a cogent argument in their respective issues. As most reviewers have already noted, two that stand out are “Challenges From Islam” by Sam Soloman and “Broader Cultural and Philosophical Challenges” by Joe Boot. As a young man who often ministers to youth, Alison Thomas’ “Challenges of Youth” to be particularly helpful in getting to the heart of this challenge.

In short, this book is a useful read which some excellent essays.


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