Atheism has become fashionable. It is part of a large cultural shift toward religious skepticism in general, Johnson notes. How do Christians respond to the challenges from skeptics, the tough questions and the difficult arguments?
has made lots of mistakes over the years and has learned from them
that the key to a fruitful conversation is to frame the discussion
properly and then direct it along a particular path.
first step is to establish the topic as a comparison of worldviews
rather than a particular objection to Christianity. A relationship is
built by finding out what the skeptic's worldview is and his
understanding of the Christian worldview.
then addresses many of the objections to Christianity, giving
information and strategy on each. Topics include caricatures of God
and Christians, misunderstanding of salvation, the existence of hell
and the nature of heaven, and the Bible.
looks at worldviews, comparing and evaluating them, in the third part
of his book. He provides several guidelines for the discussion, such
as explanatory power, logical consistency, livability, and more. He
provides examples of how these criteria are applied, explaining the
steps so we can understand the process. He also notes the importance
of establishing the data upon which both Christian and skeptic will
agree as evidence upon which judgment will be made.
is a good book for new or relatively new Christians. Seasoned
believers may not find much new information other than Johnson's
method, his “worldview hypothesis” evangelism. If you are new to
the concept of apologetics, this is a good introduction to what looks
like an effective method of defending the Christian faith.
for thought: Johnson has a very interesting discussion on salvation,
including this quote. “I am convinced that a major reason there are
not more saints in the world is that most people think they can get
into heaven without being one.” (88) Christian behavior matters,
is the president of Don Johnson Evangelistic Ministries. He has
served in vocational ministry since 1993, including inner city
missionary work and young adult pastor. He has an MA in Christian
Apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in Theology from
Franciscan University of Steubenville. He and his wife have four
children and live in southern California. Find out more about Don and
his ministry at http://donjohnsonministries.org/.
House Publishers, 272 pages. Read an excerpt and find out more about
the book at the publisher's product page.
received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for
the purpose of this review.