'Humans are more than one-dimensional beings' says Christian apologist

Telling a Better Story: How to talk about God in a skeptical age by Joshua Chatraw

Simon Smart recommends Telling a Better Story: How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age by Joshua Chatraw as an Eternity Summer Read.

For the many believers today who are feeling bewildered at the prospect of talking about God to their friends, neighbours and colleagues, Joshua Chatraw’s Telling a Better Story illuminates a possible way forward.

With his “inside out” approach to the stories our culture tells itself, Chatraw urges Christians to note where their audience is at, paying attention to the dreams, aspirations, heartaches, and losses of those they attempt to engage with.

With a refreshingly calm and sensible tone, he promotes a posture of invitation, noting the cracks in the “immanent frame” of late modern secularity, and the spiritual thirst that is evident if you take the time to look.

… Timely sensitivity to the complexity of belief in the 21st Century …

Chatraw urges Christians to note where their audience is at, paying attention to the dreams, aspirations, heartaches, and losses of those they attempt to engage with.

Historically and philosophically adept, Chatraw is a more-than-competent guide for people seriously interested in promoting the plausibility and alluring beauty of the Christian story.

He calls apologists to view people as more than one-dimensional thinking beings, but rather as fully-orbed, complex humans with imaginations and emotions that play a vital role in their receptivity (or rejection) of the gospel story.

Here is a call to not only draw out the intellect in accepting propositions about religious belief, but to summon the imagination in enabling those estranged from the gospel, to see, feel and taste its beauty.

With necessary and timely sensitivity to the complexity of belief in the 21st Century, Chatraw has gifted his readers with not only a challenge but the resources with which to meet it with confidence, optimism, and love.

Telling a Better Story: How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age by Joshua Chatraw is available to order from Koorong for $29.95. It is published by Zondervan. 

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