"Paul: The Mind of the Apostle" by A. N. Wilson

Thursday, 02 Aug 2007

Most Christians seem to fall into one of two categories. The first group shuns the writings of unbelievers. The second group reads broadly and assumes that there is no danger. I would advocate a third approach: cautious engagement.
We should begin by acknowledging that this review is not a typical review. Instead, it uses one book, A. N. Wilson's Paul: The Mind of the Apostle (New York: Norton, 1997), as a point of entry into an entire class of atheistic literature. Treating such literature as a class, especially in an issue of MR devoted to the challenges of apologetics, is helpful because reading atheistic literature can be corrosive of faith even when a good, hard answer is at hand to counter unbelief at every point. Why? Because a skeptical stance can be picked ...

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