A Christianity Today 1995 Books of the Year Finalist!
Believing. Most of us take it for granted. We just do it--whether it's trusting that the sun will come up tomorrow, that the lunch we are about to eat is not poisoned or that our religious beliefs are not ill-founded. But why should we believe any of these things? Why should anyone believe anything at all?
With insight and humor, James W. Sire examines the reasons people give for believing what they do and suggests what are truly satisfying and compelling reasons for belief. He then turns to the question of a specific belief--namely, belief that the Christian faith is true. Sire tackles both the best reason for belief in Christianity (the identity of Jesus ) and the chief reason against it. (the problem of evil). And he responds to these issues personally and philosophically.
Here is a book to challenge the skeptic and reassure the doubter in us all.
James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe. His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.
PrefacePart I: Why Should Anyone Believe Anything?
1. It Makes My Head Hurt: The Nature and Necessity of Belief
2. Why People Believe What They Believe
3. The Social Context
4. The Personal Context
5. The Religious Dimension
6. The Philosophic DimensionPart II: Why Should Anyone Believe Christianity
7. The Gospels as Reliable History
8. Jesus the Reason
9. Jesus: The Dilemma of His Identity
10. The Scholar's Quest for Jesus
11. The Resurrection of Jesus
12. The Rationality of Christian Faith
13. The Problem of Evil
14. The Personal Experience of Christians
15. The Challenge of Belief