Christianity is in trouble. The intellectual and moral challenges facing it are considerable, perhaps overwhelming. Intellectually: developments in almost every academic discipline are undermining traditional beliefs. To name a few: archeology, anthropology, biological sciences, neuroscience, psychology, paleontology. And morally: the child abuse scandal and cover-up is sufficient to defile the church forever. Often churches have sided with immorality—aggressive wars, persecution, slavery, apartheid, and dominance over women. When challenged by atheists about atrocities in the past, the reply is “well, atheists have done terrible things as well.” This is a non-answer. The point is that we should be much better. What have we done while claiming to hold to the transformative and reconciliatory message of Jesus?
The book I’m writing will look at how the life and message of Jesus can have transformative value in the 21st century. Part of the goal is to answer a question that people now ask: is there anything that Christianity can give us that we can’t get elsewhere? Here is the link if you are interested in supporting this project.