Thoughtful Christians are legitimately perplexed by a number of issues relating to the church's belief and practice. They are perplexed partly because they recognize that the issues themselves are thorny, and partly because they are not sure how to test the mutually inconsistent theories and explanations affirmed by diverse voices speaking with equal assurance.
Most Christians find relatively little occasion or encouragement to address their perplexities with intellectual candor and integrity. If they dare to acknowledge their theological perplexities at all, they are too often told that these perplexities are unimportant, or that they can be answered very simply, or that they should be left to the experts.
A new volume of essays by Wycliffe faculty addresses such perplexities. Entitled Guide for the Christian Perplexed, it aims to explore a diversity of issues and questions to do with understanding the Christian faith and its expression from the vantage point of commonly asked questions, on such issues as
o our knowledge of Jesus
o the meaning of suffering
o the function of doctrine
o the understanding of Scripture
o the place of other religions
o the challenge of atheism
o Christian approaches to sexuality
o the nature of worship
o the way to evangelize
o understanding who our neighbour is locally and globally
o diversities of spirituality
A study guide is included for individual and group use.