- Is the Bible True…Really?: A Dialogue on Skepticism, Evidence, and Truth
- Who Is Jesus…Really?:A Dialogue on God, Man, and Grace
- Did the Resurrection Happen…Really?:A Dialogue on Life, Death, and Hope.
This work is very different in some ways from the book I reviewed yesterday: postChristian:
What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care? The Chronicles are fiction rather than non-fiction, and the authors approach their subject from a more conservative world view than the author of postChristian. McDowell, an apologist, evangelist, and writer, partnered with Sterrett who is an educator, ethicist, and evangelist. Piatt on the other hand is described as a “fearless and provocative spiritual trailblazer.” However, all the authors offer in-depth reasons for their beliefs along with information that will help their readers avoid sound-bite theology.
The Coffee House Chronicles take place on a college campus where the faith of Nick, a naïve Christian freshman, is shaken by the teaching of a worldly religion professor. His subsequent search for answers to his questions turns into a series of conversations with professors, friends, and family. Most of these conversations take place in a popular student coffeehouse over a period of months.
The stories are about relatable characters in familiar situations that make for surprisingly easy reading for a work aimed at answering spiritual questions. Unlike the five-point evangelistic presentations I referenced in my post on Sound-Bite Theology, the Chronicles don’t offer quick, easy answers. The characters, who range from evangelical Christians to atheists, spend hours discussing each question, offering and listening to arguments from all sides. And when an impasse is reached, instead of dissolving into shouting matches, all parties, with a few exceptions, agree to do additional research and meet again in a couple of weeks.
Like postChristian, The Coffeehouse Chronicles challenge the reader to go deeper than sound-bite theology, to take the time and effort to discover what he or she really believes and why. As I said yesterday, we all need that.
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Available in ebook.