Review by Christian Review Magazine
In this day and age it seems that more and more people are turning to atheism or agnosticism – their ideals and ideologies – and simple unbelief. Maybe it’s because they feel that religion free science, logic, and life makes more sense than ancient faith based systems. And while some atheists and unbeliever are content to live and let live, there are others who desire to openly critique and challenge other schools of thought especially, it seems, when it comes to Christian thinking and theology.
There are many opportunities in life where we can find ourselves talking openly about our faith with other believers, family, and friends. But what happens when we get into a conversation with an atheist, agnostic, or unbeliever, who is not content with ‘because the Bible tells me so’ answers? They may have valid questions, issues, and problems with church, Christians, the Bible, creation, miracles, the idea of an all loving God, and so on. But many times these kinds of encounters can be very unnerving and leave one mentally and spiritually exhausted, especially if one is ill prepared.
The Box is a book that tries to help Christians see that it doesn’t have to be that way, that defending the faith can be done so, not by theological argumentation or clever biblically loaded rhetoric, but by way of a simple truth…so simple in fact it’s revelatory. Forget hardcore theology, this book shows that a lot can be said with very few words. But these words form a powerful and thought provoking idea, one that will potentially leave even the most hardened atheist and non-believer speechless.
Over the years I have had many chats with atheists, agnostics, and unbelieves, and it would have been good to have had some of what’s in this book on hand to bring into the conversation. Presented as a dialog between a believer and his unbelieving neighbor, The Box is an enjoyable and thought provoking read. It gets right to the heart of the issue without getting bogged down in Christian nuances and petty arguments. It’s at once bold yet can be shared with unbelievers.
Whether you are a Christian apologist or simply a Sunday morning worshipper, The Box is a well written book that is well worth your time. It’s not an overly long or complicated book, which is all the better considering you man wish to reread it a few times to glean all you can from it. Because let’s face it, with unbelief on the rise it sure would be good to have some tools ready for the conversations that might well come our way.
The Box: Answering the Faith of Unbelief book review can be found at: Issue 2 Jan/Feb 2015 edition of Christian Review Magazine, page 72.