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Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity

by Boyd, Gregory A., Boyd, Edward K.

David C. Cook 2008

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Overview

Greg Boyd and his father, Ed, were on opposite sides of a great divide. Greg was a newfound Christian, while his father was a longtime agnostic. So Greg offered his father an invitation: Ed could write with any questions on Christianity, and his son would offer a response.

Letters from a Skeptic contains this special correspondence. The letters tackle some of today’s toughest challenges facing Christianity. Each response offers insights into the big questions, while delivering intelligent answers that connect with both the heart and mind. Whether you’re a skeptic, a believer, or just unsure, these letters can provide a practical, common-sense guide to the Christian faith.

The Logos Bible Software edition of Letters from a Skeptic is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding the Christian faith. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important apologetic concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about Christianity.

Key Features

  • Presents a skeptic’s questions about the Christian faith
  • Addresses contemporary challenges facing Christianity
  • Answers numerous questions on God, Jesus, the Bible, and Christian life and doctrine

Contents

  • Part I: Questions about God
    • Correspondence 1: Why Has Christianity Done So Much Harm?
    • Correspondence 2: Why Is the World So Full of Suffering?
    • Correspondence 3: Is the Risk of Freedom Worth All the Suffering?
    • Correspondence 4: Does God Know the Future?
    • Correspondence 5: Why Does God Create Earthquakes and Famines?
    • Correspondence 6: Why Did God Create Satan?
    • Correspondence 7: Is Your God All-Powerful?
    • Correspondence 8: Why Believe in God in the First Place?
    • Correspondence 9: Couldn’t It All Be by Chance?
    • Correspondence 10: Why Didn’t God Spare Your Mother?
    • Correspondence 11: Why Would an All-Powerful God Need Prayer?
    • Correspondence 12: Why Would God Care about Us Little Humans?
  • Part II: Questions about Jesus Christ
    • Correspondence 13: Why Trust the Gospel Accounts?
    • Correspondence 14: Aren’t the Gospels Full of Contradictions?
    • Correspondence 15: Who wrote the Gospels and When Were They Written?
    • Correspondence 16: How Can You Believe That a Man Rose from the Dead?
    • Correspondence 17: How Can You Believe That a Man Was God?
  • Part III: Questions about the Bible
    • Correspondence 18: Why Does God Make Believing in Him So Difficult?
    • Correspondence 19: Why Do You Think the Bible Is Inspired?
    • Correspondence 20: Isn’t the Bible Full of Myths and God’s Vengeance?
    • Correspondence 21: Didn’t the Catholic Church Put the Bible Together?
    • Correspondence 22: Why Are There So Many Differing Interpretations of the Bible?
    • Correspondence 23: What about the “Holy Books” of Other Religions?
  • Part IV: Questions about Christian Life and Doctrine
    • Correspondence 24: Do All Non-Christians Go to Hell?
    • Correspondence 25: How Could an All-Loving God Torture People in an Eternal Hell?
    • Correspondence 26: Isn’t the Christian Life Impossible to Live?
    • Correspondence 27: How Can Another Man’s Death Pardon Me?
    • Correspondence 28: How Can I Be Holy and Sinful at the Same Time?
    • Correspondence 29: How Can I Be Sure It’s All True?

Praise for the Print Edition

Greg Boyd’s Letters from a Skeptic has made a huge and positive impact on thousands of readers. A generation of new readers will delight in its rerelease. The correspondence between Greg and his father makes fascinating reading. But best of all, Greg’s answers to his father’s tough questions about Christianity are the most sensible, biblical, and reasonable I have ever read. If I could make this book required reading for all young people in America, I would do it. The result would be a new perception of Christianity as an intellectually satisfying set of answers to life’s ultimate questions.

Roger E. Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

The rerelease of Boyd’s Letters from a Skeptic is a welcomed event, especially in light of the recent barrage of atheistic attacks on the faith. This delightful little book is profound, well researched, readable, and interesting. Get one for yourself and one for a skeptic you know.

J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Biola University

Letters from a Skeptic is simply the best book of its kind. No other book introduces the reader to as many important apologetic issues in as readable a format. Moreover, the loving yet honest way in which Greg Boyd answers his father’s questions should be a model for all would-be apologists. Buy it, read it, and then give it away to somebody who has questions about the Christian faith.

Jim Beilby, professor of theology and apologetics, Bethel University

Real life is the best teacher, and it’s the source of the wisdom packed in this book. Greg Boyd discovered the deep wisdom of faith in Christ through his own personal quest. And he lovingly shared that wisdom with his father, Edward Boyd, through respectful dialogue. If you’re on your own spiritual quest or engaged in dialogue about life’s greatest questions, this is the book for you. There’s no book I recommend more.

—David K. Clark, professor of theology, Bethel Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity
  • Authors: Gregory A. Boyd and Edward K. Boyd
  • Publisher: David C. Cook
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 254

About the Authors

Gregory A. Boyd has authored or coauthored 17 books and numerous academic articles. He graduated with honors from Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary and was a professor of theology at Bethel University for 16 years. Boyd continues to teach there as an adjunct professor. He is the founder and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church, and evangelical church in St. Paul, MN.

Edward K. Boyd was happily married to Jeanne Boyd for the last 22 years of his life, and he was the father of six children, grandfather of 16, and great-grandfather of 11. Ed was a self-educated, exceptionally intelligent man who was intensely skeptical toward religion. But at the age of 74, he surrendered his life to Christ before passing away in December 2002. For the last 10 years of his life, his greatest joy was hearing stories of how God was using the letters between him and Greg to impact the lives of others.

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