This review is for Narrative Apologetics by Alister McGrath. It is published by Baker Books and was just released on October 15th. This book was offered to me for review and all thoughts are honest and my own.
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The Bible is a narrative--the story of God's creation, humankind's fall, and God's plan of redemption. And it is filled with countless smaller stories that teach us about people, history, and the nature of God. It's no surprise that God would choose to reveal himself to us in story--after all, he hardwired us for story. Despite this, we so often attempt to share our faith with others not through story but through systems, arguments, and talking points--methods that appeal only to our mind and neglect our imagination and our emotions.
In this groundbreaking book, scholar and author Alister McGrath lays a foundation for narrative apologetics. Exploring four major biblical narratives, enduring stories from our culture such as Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, and personal narratives from people such as Augustine of Hippo and Chuck Colson, McGrath shows how we can both understand and share our faith in terms of story.
I am not the biggest fan of apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith), because I don’t believe we can argue people into faith. God is more than capable of bringing people to redemption without humans arguing over complex ideas. I am however a fan of stories or narratives. Scripture is a large story that is interconnected, Jesus taught using stories, and our lives are stories that fit into God’s much larger story. This book does a nice job introducing the idea of stories as a defense for Christianity. It tells of the importance, the process, and the way that people sharing can feel connected to the process. A quote from Alister that I find profound is, “humans are storytellers and story-dwellers” (107). This book is worth it just to realize the gravity of that quote alone.
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