SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Why I Still Believe: A Former Atheist’s Reckoning with the Bad Reputation Christians Give a Good God

Zondervan. Nov. 2019. 240p. ISBN 9780310353867. pap. $17.99. REL
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When one thinks of the subject of apologetics, they probably have in mind the use of logical arguments to defend the truthfulness of theistic faith when confronted with contrary assertions from agnostics or atheists. While Christian apologists certainly consider matters in a logical manner, Sharp (Houston Baptist Univ.; Living in Truth) addresses the subject in a different way in her latest work. She writes personally, discussing her own transition from atheism to Christian faith as well as her ongoing life as a believer and as director of Confident Christianity Apologetics Ministry. She struggles to understand her faith, having periods of doubt, and she finds life in the church sometimes frustrating and even wounding. By discussing her own struggles and ways to address them, Sharp hopes to connect with others who deal with these barriers as well. She emphasizes that when people share their own faith stories, they can supplement the logical arguments with authentic life experiences. Her goal is to address both unbelievers who are exploring religious faith as well as believers whose faith commitment have happened somewhat recently.
VERDICT Recommended for those interested in apologetics, both from theistic as well as a nontheistic perspectives.

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