This summer I’d like to grow in my ability to defend the faith. For that reason I’m doing what any good introvert does to accomplish a goal: reading books.
As I spent a moment rereading that last sentence I realized something. Books aren’t attacking the faith – people are. So what’s the point in reading books? Why wouldn’t it be better to head out the door, walk down to the campus of University of Redlands, and get in conversations with people about the faith?
Strictly speaking, there’s no way I could prove that it wouldn’t. It might be more productive to do exactly that. But it also not be. For the past two years I have been immersed in Christian theology. I’ve grown in my understanding, (and, thanks be to God) in my love for God and his church. My mind has been in the oasis (no exaggeration I think) of Christian thought.
It’s about time though that I put myself in the shoes of people who say they have found other “gardens” – other oases – of thought. I’m reading books to accomplish that goal.
I’ll do my best to consistently post some thoughts on one particular book: Tactics, by Gregory Koukl. You can find it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Tactics-Game-Discussing-Christian-Convictions/dp/0310282926 and read a review by Tim Challies here: http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/book-review-tactics