What would it be like if conversations between believers and unbelievers actually got to the root of the issues? Wilson imagines such situations in this storybook of apologetics.
In this short but fun book, Douglas Wilson gives us several fictional dialogues in which worldviews collide with an honesty and clarity that we rarely see in the real world. This book includes a wide array of positions (feminism, agnosticism, higher criticism, pantheism, Roman Catholicism), but all are given their hearing and put into conflict with the truths of Biblical Christianity. Although it is a dream of debate conducted with more clarity than we usually meet in the real world, this short book should help believers to better understand unbelief and see why it is ultimately not reasonable at all.
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From the Book:
There was only one Road in that region, but like all roads, it ran in two directions. In one direction, it ran eastwards up a gradual incline, and ended at the City. In the other, the end of the Road was the Abyss. In some places, the two destinations were obvious; in others, where the Road wound down through some canyons in the badlands, the truth was less obvious. Still, it was impossible for anyone to travel for any length of time on this Road without coming to some realization of his basic direction.
"Nevertheless, those who were headed to the Abyss were also headed downhill, and preferred that to the strenuous alternative. There were many who therefore chose to ignore the unpleasant truth. The Master of the City had posted road signs warning of the danger, but road signs could be ignored as well.
"The Master therefore instructed his servants, who were on their way to his City, to do their best to persuade these travelers to reverse direction. Some of them, discovering that the Master had given them some ability in this, became quite effective in the endeavor.
"This is the story of one such individual. As he traveled to the City, he encountered many who wanted to go the other way, for many reasons. From long experience, he found himself answering them according to their particular objections. I have gathered here some of the conversations, in the hope that others who are traveling to the City may make some use of them." -From the Beginning
Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.
AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson
PAGE COUNT: 96 pages
PUB. DATE: October 1, 1997
A simple but effective look at apologetics through a series of fictional and allegorical conversations. Helpful to break down worldviews into bite-sized pieces.
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