The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith By: J.P. Moreland & Tim Muehlhoff
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Time Well Spent
Must Share With Others
Will Read Again
(LOWER IS BETTER FOR LAY PEOPLE)
Newspaper / Magazine
Highly Technical / Academic Text
Table of Contents
The Power of Illustrations
Can God Be Good If Terrorists Exist?
Can God Be Good If Terrorists Exist? (Part 2)
Jesus, Buddha, or Muhammad?: Seeking Guide in the Maze of Religions
Jesus, Buddha, or Muhammad? (Part 2)
The Resurrection: Conspiracy Theory or Fact?
The Resurrection (Part 2)
What Would Machiavelli Do?: Ethics in a Morally Confused World
What Would Machiavelli Do? (Part 2)
Are We an Accident?: Arguing for God Through Design
Are We an Accident? (Part 2)
Unfulfilled Desires and the Existence of God: Something Isn't Quite Right
Unfulfilled Desires and the Existence of God (Part 2)
A Final Thought
This was a quick read at 166 pages, but I found the book to be really unique. When looking at worldviews there is a ton of material on arguments and general apologetics. What we often struggle with is getting those "arguments" boiled down into easy to understand stories and illustrations to assist you with that part of your conversation.
If you look at the table of contents above you will notice that each concept has two chapters. I appreciate that the authors have made the point to address each topic from at least two major perspectives and they were gracious enough to split them apart so we can easily see the separation.
This book has the large number of scripture references you would expect from an apologetics book. What was unexpected was the large number of movie and pop culture references in the book. Since I don't watch a lot of movies I found this really helpful in providing concrete illustrations that your average person on the street is likely to get. What may be even important is that it really clued me in on how to view popular media and find references for my own illustrations and references.
This book will help you to will your conversations with illustrations and stories that scripturally illiterate people find compelling and at a minimum they will realize you are trying to connect to their world. I believe this book would be an excellent companion to Greg Koukl's Tactics. The two of these books together give you a framework for discussions and material to fill those discussions.
If you are like me and you feel more comfortable talking arguments, history, and logic you may find this book to be a powerful tool to make your message more understandable and relatable to the average person you will be talking with. This would be an excellent resource for your personal library.