A Christian Faith for Today

A Christian Faith for Today

A Christian Faith for Today

A Christian Faith for Today

Synopsis

Written by one of the world's foremost religious authorities, A Christian Faith for Today provides both Christians and sceptics with a much-needed response to modernity's challenge to God.Most people accept that our world is regulated by the laws of natural science, but how should Christian believers reconcile this with faith, incarnation and a loving and intelligent Creator?W. Montgomery Watt returns to the Biblical stories and sources at the roots of modern faith and to theological problems such as Jesus' divinity and humanity. He suggests how the miraculous might be understood from a rational perspective and the genuinely transcendental distinguished from allegory and symbolism.Sympathetic to the Gospel, yet acceptable to the modern mind, this is a timely and sensitive exposition of God's manifestation and intervention in the world and of his purposes with us and for us.

Excerpt

This book is an attempt to present the truth incorporated in the Christian religion in a form which is not incompatible with the dominant intellectual outlook at the present day. This outlook is largely determined by the conception of the world achieved by the natural sciences. Most people now accept the fact that we live in a world in which things occur in accordance with fixed natural laws. This implies that there can be no such things as miracles, if these are regarded as breaches of natural law; but the Bible presents many such miracles in both Old and New Testaments. In many cases these are said to have been brought about by God interfering with natural processes. For instance it is said that God caused the sun to stand still in the sky for a whole day to enable Joshua and his men to effect a complete rout of his enemies (Joshua 10.13). The form in which this is described is based on the view that the sun moves round the earth; but, even if it is translated into terms of the earth moving round the sun, it is completely unacceptable to the modern mind that the rotation of the earth should be slowed down or stopped. Since modern Christians cannot accept any such assertion, it is necessary for them to reconsider all the alleged miracles.

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