From 600 to 60

My first post on this blogsite was, “Why I Am a Christian (and You Should Be, Too), in 600 Words.”  Here’s much the same argument, in one-tenth the words (i.e., 60): There is strong evidence that God exists; there is strong evidence that Jesus is Lord; and you are much better off believing in Him and … [Read more…]

Alister E. McGrath, “Intellectuals Don’t Need God & Other Modern Myths: Building Bridges to Faith through Apologetics”

The author of this book is both a scientist (with a Ph.D. in microbiology) and a theologian (with ties to Oxford and Regent College in Vancouver); he used to be an atheist and is now an Anglican priest. The central focus of the book is explaining how to evangelize to intellectuals, especially by familiarizing oneself … [Read more…]

Lee Strobel, “The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points toward God”

This blogsite is named for C.S. Lewis and Blaise Pascal but, besides them, if I had to recommend to a skeptic a set of apologetics, I would probably choose Lee Strobel’s trilogy: The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and the book this post will discuss, The Case for a Creator. The latter book … [Read more…]

Peter J. Leithart, “Heroes of the City of Man”

I read this book because Louis Markos, in his book From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics (discussed in a separate post on this blogsite), writes: “I must acknowledge right off the bat that there is already an excellent book offering a Christian look at Homer, Virgil, and the Greek tragedians,” … [Read more…]

N.T. Wright, “The Lord and His Prayer”

I like N.T. Wright, and a good friend recommended this book, so I read it. It’s quite short — 89 pages with no index or notes or headings — divided into six chapters that, as their titles suggest, march us sequentially through the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father in Heaven,” “Thy Kingdom Come,” “Give Us This … [Read more…]

Richard Bauckham, “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony” (second edition)

This is a prize-winning book, including an award from Christianity Today, and I read it because of endorsements by Lee Strobel (in The Case for the Real Jesus) and N.T. Wright (“a remarkable piece of detective work”).  The key theme — as the title suggests — is that the Gospels are based on eyewitness testimony. … [Read more…]

Louis Markos, “From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics”

Let’s start with the striking the cover art:  It features photos of statues of Achilles and Christ, with remarkably similar (suffering, eyes heavenward) visages. And, again without yet opening the book, there’s a C.S. Lewis quote on the back cover which might have served as an epigraph:  “The heart of Christianity is a myth which … [Read more…]