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A profound, quirky and amusing take on life's biggest questions.People encounter truth by sharing stories and asking questions. Andrew Wilson asks nine big questions about truth, origins and redemption, and wonders aloud about the possible answers, representing a new fresh way of communicating the gospel....

Title : If God Then What: Wondering Aloud About Truth, Origins & Redemption
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ISBN : 9781844745692
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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If God Then What: Wondering Aloud About Truth, Origins & Redemption Reviews

  • Rebecca Jane Brown
    2019-05-10 20:53

    I find it hard to write reviews for Christian books I read, because I always factor in my own personal journey into how I respond to the books themselves. So perhaps my reviews aren't as accurate as the other books I talk about on here.Overall, from my personal perspective on this part of my faith journey, I found this book a bit heavy. It took me longer to read than I'd wished... I kept putting it down and re-reading sections.A few people recommended this to me as a new Christian (returned though), but I felt it wasn't suitable for me. It's more for Christians who already understand the basics. Additionally, the way it was written felt harder to take on board in comparison with One Life, by Rico Tice (another intro book).Despite my little struggles, I recommend this... try it and if it's too heavy, slow down or come back when it feels right.

  • Lee Bertsch
    2019-04-26 23:42

    I am on a quest to gather a handful of provocative questions that cut through the fog and haze and compel a person to think about foundational matters. That is exactly how this book is organized. He shows rather effectively that there are not a lot of answers to such questions and challenges the reader, not by "proving" the biblical answers, but by simply asking a followup question: which answer most adequately accounts for the data?

  • Richard Spear
    2019-04-25 20:29

    A great holiday read full of humour and nuggets of wisdom. Asks the big questions of life and seeks to answer them in a very accessible way, while delving into the worlds of history, science, philosophy and theology for answers. A great reminder that getting sucked into the merry go round of 'go to work to get the money to get the food to get the strength...' is not enough. Brilliant book!

  • Chris Rousell
    2019-04-20 23:27

    It seems trite to compare every single apologetics work to Mere Christianity yet here we are again. If you are looking for a fresh, colloquial apologetic for the 21st century, look no further than 'If God, Then What?'. Wilson writes in a style that comes across more as a stream of unbroken consciousness than philosophical musing and it makes his work incredibly easy to read and incredibly easy to understand. This is an excellent book for Christians who wish to read a sound apologetic work that isn't by Lewis or Keller and also for non-Christians who wonder why the world is how it is."So then, what is possible? Well if there is no God, then only things that conform to scientific laws are possible (unless you believe in an infinite number of universes, in which case everything must be possible somewhere- but that idea is so weird that I can't really get my head around it, because it means there must be at least one in which Shakespeare is a nude bungee jumper and Alan Partridge is president)."

  • Phil Whittall
    2019-04-25 19:47

    OK, let's get the disclosure out of the way - I know the author and am fairly well disposed towards most things he writes. I also own all his books and yet strangely this is the first that I've actually read!In a post-Christian society it's so important to discuss with those who don't follow Christ in such a way so as to have more conversations about Jesus. We need to listen without caving in, disagree without being disagreeable, challenge without being arrogant and perhaps come to a fresh understanding of what a 'win' might be.Wilson opens up the book with the admission that he was a fundamentalist (ie he was right and everyone else was wrong) but that had changed. The point now is not necessarily to 'win' the argument but perhaps to win a hearing. Christians may have a right to speak but they don't have a right to be heard. The tone of this book is conversational, disarmingly honest and poses questions that engage the reader. This is less William Lane Craig and more Tim Keller for the masses.I found particularly helpful the chapter on knowledge and the importance of forming conclusions that best fit the evidence, with of course an openness to new information. This disarms the 'science has disproved God' line of thinking because as Wilson, says 'what kind of experiment would you need for that?'Once we've worked out how we can know what we know, the book goes on to cover the reasonableness for believing in a Creator (not proof, mind you but reasonableness) and then for wondering about sin and suffering before going on to look at the reasonableness for the truth claims of Christianity and, of course, the key issue of the resurrection. The resurrection remains the most significant issue, the Bible itself says if it's not true it all falls apart (the New Testament bit anyway) and generally one most ignored and not thought about by the despiser of religion.The book should find lots of use amongst students (I'd give copies away at mission weeks), or given to those are considering faith but finding they're getting stuck on some questions. It's also a lesson in communication that church leaders and preachers would do well to learn and lastly anyone who has friends who don't believe and are willing to chat, should read it and learn from it. So all in all, highly recommended.

  • Fearghal Kelly
    2019-04-21 23:29

    I bought this book without planning on reading it just yet. However, on the train home from London, I decided to peak at the introduction to pass time. And then I kept on reading. To my surprise, I ended up reading half of it in one sitting!This book is a brilliantly persuading case for Christianity. It's not the most academic, but he asks the questions that prompt the heart alongside the head.From the start, he develops his case as he seeks to find answers to his own questions and wonders aloud about truth, origins and redemption. Starting with the all important question of why we should question our beliefs at all, he then moves on to how we can know anything whatsoever, to whether God might exist or not, to what's wrong with the world, and how this same God might be the solution.Andrew Wilson has witty way of including all readers from every walk of life in his writing: enjoyable, easy to read, full of funny stories, mind boggling facts, provocative questions, and will get you thinking no matter who you are. His way of writing and the structure of the book are brilliant. His conversational tone is trustworthy like a good friend, and you know he's being honest through and through. He's not forceful or imposing at all, but presents a compelling case as he seeks answers to his own questions - he directs his readers to discover the answers for themselves. And vitally important, he avoids jargon unless it's absolutely necessary, making it accessible to anyone.There were times when I felt that he was holding back when he could have said more and gone deeper. However, I suppose the purpose of this books is to stir people's own minds and get them to start thinking for themselves rather than provide a thorough academic case.I’d recommend it to absolutely anyone (including just to lend to friends) - whether you’re curious, questioning, don’t care, anti-faith, or a firm believer.If you can, buy more than one copy, you'll be wanting to lend it to nearly everyone you know after you've read it anyway.

  • Emma
    2019-04-26 23:27

    Given to me by a good friend (whom I will be rewarding generously!) I have devoured this book in two huge gulps across a weekend and I now strongly believe this book should be required reading for all New Christians...Mr Wilson has given us a chance to show we are not mindless drones following theological ideals blindly and that with careful and thoughtful examination, that we have the scope to argue our case systematically, intelligently and with Science and the Arts providing the basis of finding the most LOGICAL answers for some of the biggest questions in the apologetics Arena.The book itself is written with questioning and questing ideals and the examples and anecdotes Andrew Wilson uses to illustrate his points are both erudite and clear so that no one , agnostic, athiest or committed believer is alienated, talked down to or mocked. He is obviously an immensely intelligent and interesting man, making him a more credible guide into this area of study.Using modern popular culture and historical events as lynch pins for his explanations of how he came to his world (and God) view, Andrew Wilson has written a great book of real worth and I find myself whole heartedly agreeing that we need to question before we see with true clarity. Thus making our Commitment to what Wilson surmises is a loving and freeing God even more meaningful.Bravo!

  • Samuel Rood
    2019-04-28 15:54

    An excellent, concise argument for the believability of Christianity. Wilson takes us through life's big questions. He likens the book to a cross between Tim Keller (author of The Reason for God) and Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz) and its an apt description. Though not as thorough as the Reason for God, the brevity (159 pages) makes it ideal for someone who is beginning to explore the Christian worldview. I appreciate the very "Jewish" way that Wilson understands and describes redemption. The one critique I have is that at times Wilson's British meekness comes through in such a way that he almost seems a bit apologetic, but that is probably a cultural difference. I recommend that you buy a copy, give it a quick read, and lend it to a friend.

  • Charissa
    2019-04-26 19:56

    The first couple of chapters are particularly good, and refreshingly different from other apologetics books. The rest of the book is well written, and explores the big apologetics questions. I would definitely recommend this book to university students and other people who are thinking about how to engage with people about Christian faith, or Christians are doing some serious thinking about some of these questions for the first time. I don't think I would give it to a sceptic, but some of the arguments might shape the way that I would talk to them myself.

  • John
    2019-05-17 17:47

    Enjoyable book, easy reading journey through reasons why to believe in God and in the gospel is both reasonable and liberating. This will strengthen the views of those who already believe and enlighten those who do not. Even those who remain unconvinced will I think have to ackowledge the reasonableness of the Christian claims.

  • Charlie Tjale
    2019-05-11 20:35

    Very well written, surely for the new breed of apologetics.Andrew takes a journey to define the limitation of science to seek evidence of the existence of God.He tackles Dawkins multiverse concept in a sense that it hold some doubful conclusion to existence of the earth.A good read,Not one of the best but a well balanced read for both atheist and theist.

  • Stephen Reid
    2019-04-26 19:31

    The most open-minded and non-arrogant book on Christian apologetics I've read. Would highly recommend this to Atheists wanting to understand what and why Christians believe what they do. You can't properly believe in something without understanding the alternatives. This book is made more awesome by the fact the author makes references to The Matrix, Lord of the Rings and Jurassic park.

  • Stephen Fenwick
    2019-04-21 17:27

    I happily recommend this excellent book to anyone with questions, even above Amy Orr-Ewing's 'Why Trust the Bible?' I lent this to my unbelieving Dad, and it raised serious questions about faith. We both loved the way Wilson speaks without presumption of faith, yet guides us in together with him.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-29 20:55

    In the past I have declared my aversion to most Christian books; this, however, was really an interesting read. Slightly self-aware at times but overall made interesting points and was thought-provoking. Willing to lend if anyone wants it!

  • Jens
    2019-05-17 22:30

    This is an excellent book! Probably the best book I have read about believing in God. Of course it is always nice to be confirmed - that it is reasonable to believe in God - but Wilson's way is hilarious and thought-provoking...

  • Alasdair Peterson
    2019-04-29 17:30

    Well written and winsome, could hardly put it down. Wilson recognises that most people won't be battered into belief by mountains of figures and logical conundrums but should instead be invited to consider what the world is really like and what worldview would make sense of it.

  • Gavin McGrath
    2019-04-19 23:54

    Delightful approach to Christian apologetics. The second half in particular is especially profitable. Well worth reading. One of the best apologetics books I've read in recent years.

  • Alan
    2019-04-23 18:56

    Very well written, very easy to understand, should be in everyone's collection as a book to give to anyone.

  • Mog
    2019-04-23 23:46

    not preachy and very well explained. gives both sides of argument but does conclude with author's opinion.

  • Shannon Barrett
    2019-05-12 20:47

    Smart. I couldn't help but read this in a British accent.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-18 23:55

    Review to come.

  • Anna
    2019-05-05 16:41

    Really good book! Doesn't shove the Christian view down your throat, instead discusses issues that get the reader thinking!!! :)