11/02/2012 (8:42 pm)
I have been focusing on Christian apologetics for the last couple of years rather than politics. As part of the fruit of that focus, I have just published my first book, entitled He’s Greater Than You Know: Essays For A Doubting Christian.
A doubting Christian challenged participants in an Internet chat room to answer five questions that, to him, made Evangelical Christianity seem incoherent. I answered him out of my own wrestling with the faith, and the book is the result.
There are no cliches here, and I respectfully decline the pat answers usually taught in Evangelical circles; they are the reason this fellow was doubting in the first place. Instead, I draw on my own experiences with God, and on sensible readings of the words of Jesus and the Apostles. It’s a quick and pleasant read, if I do say so myself, but you may have to pause to ponder; it’s full of ideas worth pondering.
The questions I address are these:
- Can a person willfully choose to believe and follow Christ even if they highly doubt some major areas of the faith?
- Why does God not supernaturally differentiate himself from all the other beliefs through easily verifiable displays of His power on a scale that all men can take note of?
- Why did God primarily choose to reveal his specific nature to humanity through the medium of the written word when the written word is not very easily accessible or provable to all people of all time periods?
- How is it just for a benevolent God to allow people to be separated from him for all eternity without first giving them reasonable evidence to believe in Him? and finally,
- Why would a benevolent God choose to design us in such a way that we must now be born spiritually dead and then add to that the suffering of living in a physically fallen planet?
The book is available in trade paperback and Kindle format. Click on the book image in this post or the one in the sidebar to the right, to visit Amazon.com and peek inside the book.
Oh, one more thing: there is no way this book would ever have made it this far without the loving assistance, prayers, and patience of my wife, Shelly. She also gets credit for assisting me with the cover art, and with some editing help.
Thanks, and enjoy!
11 Comments »
Comment by Ingvar
Hooray Mr. Weingart!
Comment by Chris
I bought a copy. If it sucks, I shall be very put out.
Comment by phil
If it sucks, Prince Humperdinck, you shall be out $10. That is only mildly put out.
Thank you for your confidence.
Comment by Shelly
You guys are too funny! Thank you Phil for the sweet acknowledgement. I did it for twoo wuv. And if you hadn’t said anything you would have only been mostlydead (Just kidding, I really hardly ever beat Phil up)
Comment by Chris
We’ll always have the Fire Swamp.
Comment by Dale
I bought 3 copies, one for myself and two for friends. I am not a Doubting Christian but I know that this book will help me understand more about my faith. I also intend to give a copy of this book to a friend who has asked me more than once about my faith and I would find myself getting into discussions/debates with him until I finally told him that I didn’t want to debate God with him anymore. I know him to be a good and decent person and I was never satisfied with that outcome. He was looking for something that I could never find the right words to give him. I think your book Phil is the answer. Thank you in advance, Dale…
Comment by phil
Awesome. Thanks, Dale, and keep me posted about your friend.
By the way, I put my email address in the front matter, and an invitation at the end for anybody who wants to contact me, so you can tell your friend that if he has questions or wants to discuss things further, he’s welcome to send me email.
Comment by Shelly
I was gonna lol at Chris’s fire swamp comment, then the conversation w/ Dale completely superseded that. Wow. May God do awesome things.
Comment by Bob Brooke
I just read your post on Red State dated Nov 20th. In that post you stated: “Marxists targeted those areas as far back as the 1930s.” Allow me to congratulate you,sir, on your understanding. I’ve been thinking about the fact that self-described communists began to infiltrate, first our society…ultimately our government, between WWI and II. This is true, unless Whitaker Chambers lied about it all, which he did not. Until I read your statement a few minutes ago, I just assumed that I was nearly alone in that realization. How glad I am to find that there is at least one other American who understands what is going on around us. Pity that so few Americans read history. Perhaps that should be amended: Pity that so few Americans read. God bless you and your wife.
Comment by numbertwopencil
Sad to report . . . a frequent commenter here a few years ago has passed.
Comment by admin
Thank you for the update, n2p. I did not like Joe Huster’s politics, but I wished him no harm, and I am sorry to hear that he has passed.
My other frequent nemesis, darkhorse, was a friend of Joe’s. I asked him what caused his untimely death (Joe was only 54 years old when he died.) Most people here probably do not know that Joe, an attorney and part-time philosophy professor, had recovered from a broken life in drug and alcohol addiction, and that his stable life while he was commenting here was pretty much a miracle. According to darkhorse, Joe died of complications arising from the damage he had done to his body in his former life.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.