This book is a response to the recent wave of Christians, especially Christian leaders, who are rejecting Christianity and, often, becoming some of its most ardent critics.
This is a new challenge from a different breed of critics who are using their instant credibility and insider’s knowledge of Christianity to debunk the faith they once believed.
They have a greater knowledge of the Bible, theology, church history, etc., and they are well aware of the kinds of responses most Christians are likely to give. Furthermore, people who turn away are often helped by a plethora of new organizations arising to encourage such people to cut ties to their faith.
When Christians are hit with challenges from critics like this, they are often blown away and find themselves entirely unprepared. These challenges are often framed in different ways than most Christians are prepared for and the result can be devastating for Christians. The book opens with an actual case of a mature but unprepared Christian who experienced a virtual faith crisis from a bruising encounter with this kind of critic.
In this book, readers will come face-to-face with the magnitude of the current wave of defections and be introduced to arguments being made against Christianity by these critics which, they claim, compelled them to leave. This is followed by responses which use examples, questions, and nontechnical language to make the reasoning accessible.
There are, of course, always a complex of reasons and motivators for Christian leaders turning away from the faith but in the end a number of them have put pen to paper and articulated a series of hard-hitting challenges to Christianity, reasons which they say compelled them to leave. This book makes the case that, however convincing the critics’ arguments appear to be at first glance, further analysis will reveal them to be weaker than they appear and, in many cases, entirely unpersuasive.
Why People Stop Believing is available for purchase online through Amazon and on campus at the Trinity Western University Bookstore.