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Can I Believe?
- Christianity for the Hesitant
- Narrated by: Tom Parks
- Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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Maybe Christianity is actually true. Maybe it is what believers say it is. But at least two problems make the thoughtful person hesitate.
First, there are so many other options. How could one possibly make one's way through them to anything like a rational and confident conclusion? Second, why do so many people choose to be Christian in the face of so many reasons not to be Christian? Yes, many people grow up in Christian homes and in societies, but many more do not. Yet Christianity has become the most popular religion in the world. Why?
This book begins by taking on the initial challenge as it outlines a process: how to think about religion in a responsible way, rather than settling for such soft vagaries as "faith" and "feeling". It then clears away a number of misunderstandings from the basic story of the Christian religion, misunderstandings that combine to domesticate this startling narrative and thus to repel reasonable people who might otherwise be intrigued.
Grounded in scholarship but never ponderous, Can I Believe? refuses to dodge the hard questions as it welcomes the intelligent inquirer to give Christianity at least one good look.
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A really great book with some interesting twist. Pascal’s wager in a different format. I would recommend it to anyone searching for the truth.
Winsome and even handed
I’m not typically a fan of contemporary apologetically works. Most are too snarky at best, or downright too arrogant to realize their misguided presuppositions. Stackhouse’s work is neither. Rather it asks the appropriate questions with humility and answers them with charity. This short book is perfect for older high schoolers and undergraduates… either in or out of a classroom setting. As well as any adult who may be exploring their own convictions on matters of faith and religion.