Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn't
The Beauty of Christian Theism
by Gavin Ortlund
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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 26 Dec 2021
Baker Academic & Brazos Press, Baker Academic
2021 Book Award Winner, The Gospel Coalition (Evangelism & Apologetics)
Christianity Today 2022 Book Award Finalist (Apologetics & Evangelism)
Southwestern Journal of Theology 2021 Book of the Year Award (Honorable Mention, Christian Worldview/Apologetics)
It has never been more important to articulate the wonder and enchantment of the Christian message. Yet the traditional approaches of apologetics are often outmoded in an age of profound disenchantment and distraction, unable to meet this pressing need.
This winsome apologetics book for a new generation makes the case that Christianity offers a compelling explanatory framework for making sense of our world. Pastor and writer Gavin Ortlund believes it is essential to appeal not only to the mind but also to the heart and the imagination as we articulate the beauty of the gospel.
Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn't reimagines four classical theistic arguments--cosmological, teleological, moral, and Christological--making a cumulative case for God as the best framework for understanding the storied nature of reality. The book suggests that Christian theism can explain such things as the elegance of math, the beauty of music, and the value of love. It is suitable for use in classes yet accessibly written, making it a perfect resource for churches and small groups.
“In a few short years, Ortlund has become one of the world’s leading Christian scholars. This book delivers on its pledge to be both scholarly and inspiring. Writing from the heart, he shows us the eminent plausibility of the existence of God—and of the resurrection of Jesus. Ultimately, what sets this book apart is that Ortlund never overpromises and always engages the best counterarguments with scrupulous fairness, demonstrating in the process an amazing mastery of the Christian tradition and philosophical and scientific literature. A book to savor, and to pass on to friends and family.”—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
“In this engaging book, Ortlund stirs our deepest hopes and longings for infinite beauty and perfect goodness, longings we often ignore or repress. He goes on to argue that there are good reasons to sustain these hopes and that truth, goodness, and beauty are ultimately aligned. This is the ideal book to give thoughtful unbelievers, and one that believers will find most useful as a model for intelligent evangelism in the twenty-first century.”—Jerry L. Walls, scholar in residence and professor of philosophy, Houston Baptist University