Truth in a Culture of Doubt

71kNt1FbhoLIn his crucial text God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis wrote of the importance of truth in this manner; “One of the greatest difficulties is to keep before the audience’s mind the question of Truth. They always think you are recommending Christianity not because it is true, but because it is good…One must keep on point out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” If Lewis is right, and I believe him to be so, then we must not only tell the unbelievers and skeptics that Christianity is true, we must model the severity of that truth in a life genuinely shaped by that very truth.

If we must live that truth, we must first have a guide showing us what that looks like. I believe we have that modeled for us in Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible. Not only do we have a model of what the life lived to Christ should look, we also have an apologetic method which has served to disprove skeptical claims while at the same time showing the supremacy of Christ in all things.

As a rejoinder to the claims of Bart Ehrman, this volume could not be more timely. Ehrman, a prolific New Testament Scholar at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, has written in several volumes an attempt to disprove orthodox Christian beliefs. His latest rally cry against the faith, How Jesus Became God (HarperOne, 2015), is a direct assault on the divinity of Christ, and not only that, but an attack on his eternal standing within the Trinity.

With all these top-notch scholars lobbing grenades into our Christian bubbles, are we prepared with an answer to their claims? Are we ready in all season to give an answer for the hope that is in us? I’m sad to say that many are abandoning their positions and heading for the hills to wait out the end times. I’m glad volumes like this are preparing those who range from the sketchy, nominal Christian to those who fill out pulpits every Sunday.

This volume is very pastoral in that it’s written with the average Christian in mind as the arguments are unfolded page after page. The propositions themselves are dense and scholarly but the authors have taken those concepts and allowed us access to them without getting bogged down in philosophical mire. The authors take on both ethical and theological arguments here. We are introduced to subjects like suffering and morality, forgery and scribal error, among more familiar territory like the evidence from biblical manuscripts.

The writing is clear and cogent throughout. I’ve come to expect that from both Andreas Kostenberger and the volumes that B&H have been publishing recently. Along with other publishers, they see a need for texts which address apologetic issues and B&H is among the greats when it comes to those type of volumes. This volume is decked out with study questions and links to further your understanding of both sides of the arguments presented. The authors are well versed in the propositions presented and are not satisfied with straw-man arguments, instead they seek to make the issue known in its fullest meaning.

Truth in a Culture of Doubt should be a great starting place if you’re just getting into the issues this culture is raising against the truth claims of Christianity. It’s not the only place to start but it is an excellent resource to be used within the context of the local church. If you’re looking for a new volume for your women’s ministry to consider or you’re wondering where to take your youth group next, I would go all in and consider disseminating the wonderful information in this little volume. You’ll be better off for it and so will your community. Apologetics is a vast feast of technical information but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and I think that’s one of the best features of this volume and so I would highly recommend this text.

Kostenberger, Andreas J., Bock, Darrell L. , and Chatraw, Josh. Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2014. 224. Print.

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