By Keith Ward

With over billion adherents around the world, Christianity is the world’s biggest faith. even though, with a mess of denominations, and a big number of reviews on lots of its important tenets, it may be tough to procure a balanced evaluation of the religion. well known theologian and bestselling writer Keith Ward attracts from his monstrous array of expertise and information to supply a different and authoritative advent for the easily curious and for these looking a deeper realizing of this complicated religion. studying differing Christian views on fifteen significant issues which variety from construction to conceptions of the Trinity, Ward unearths a faith that is united through a typical trust, regardless of being stunningly multifaceted, as he encourages readers to imagine creatively a few culture whose influence has been felt within the such a lot distant components of the planet.

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In traditional terms, human beings exist and are born ‘in sin’. It is this fact, Christians would say, that shows the need for a Redeemer. The idea of ‘sin’ has, for many people, become difficult to understand. In a world in which people are encouraged to do things their own way, and make their own decisions, it has become hard to think of people as under the orders of some allpowerful God, who commands them to do what he wants, and punishes them if they disobey. The atheistic French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre thought that if humans were going to live truly authentic lives, to be fully human and thus fully free, they must reject any idea of a God who was always watching and judging them.

Putting yourself first leads to the breakdown of loving human relationships. It leads to envy, pride, hatred and oppression of others. It makes you unable either to give love to others, or to accept love from them. So in the end you become isolated, alone and without love. Since selfish pleasures always turn out to be ultimately unsatisfying, you become bored and restless. Heroin addicts always need another ‘fix’, but are never finally satisfied, and are apt to end their days in misery and despair, destroying both their own and other people’s lives.

This has raised problems for some people, who do not see how human salvation can be made to depend on knowledge of historical facts which happened a long time ago, and may well be disputed by historians. Can we really have enough knowledge of the history of Jesus to be sure that it happened as it is recorded? And can our salvation really depend on having such knowledge? The question about our historical knowledge of Jesus is not one that is unique to Christianity. Virtually every religious tradition has a founding teacher or prophet, who is regarded with special reverence as the originator of a particular way of spiritual understanding.

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