Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Different Paths to Faith: Which Did You Take?

Confident Faith by Mark Mittelberg is the first book I’ve read to address the fact that there are different approaches to making faith decisions.  Mark presents six different “faith paths” that people might take and gives us the pros and cons of each path.  Once we recognize the path we took, we can fill in the gaps in our faith foundation and live out a more confident faith.

It is also helpful for evangelism if we understand what path somebody else is currently on.  These paths are: Relativistic, Traditional, Authoritarian, Intuitive, Mystical, and Evidential.  Mittelberg gives true examples of people who took each path.  He also provides tools (twenty arrows of truth) to address the shortcomings of each path.  Finally, he addresses ten barriers to belief.

This is a good resource for all people who want to be more confident in living and sharing their Christian faith.

I received a free review copy of Confident Faith from Tyndale House Publishers.

Exploring Christian Theology by Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel is the first book of what will be a multi-volume set.  This volume has two parts: Created in Christ Jesus: Church, Churches, and the Christian Life, written by Holsteen and When He Returns: Resurrection, Judgment, and Restoration by Svigel.

As a visual learner and thinker, I appreciated the graphics and the Bible verses placed strategically throughout the narrative.  The authors teach at Dallas Theological Seminary, so they are careful to back up everything they say with Scripture and with historical writings by early church fathers as well as later theologians.  Where Christians may differ, as in their view of the sacraments or of the exact sequence of end times events, multiple viewpoints are shown along with the arguments for and against each view.

This book is accessible to the motivated layman.  There is no need for a seminary degree as the authors define terms as they come up.  This is an excellent addition to a church library or a Sunday School teachers’ resource collection.

I received a free review copy of Exploring Christian Theology from Bethany House Publishers.