Sunday, July 24, 2011
When Christians Get It Wrong
Abingdon Press, 2010
Source: Received a free e-galley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a quick read addressing some of the points that have turned many young people away from Christianity and the church. I identified as some of those issues had turned me away when I was younger. These are covered in five chapters looking at unchristian behaviors, Christian attitudes toward science and politics, relationships with other religions, the question of "why does God let bad things happen?", and homosexuality. I thought some of his treatments were a bit shallow but this was a good broad look with some nice things to ponder. I felt really encouraged to reflect on how I and other Christians act. I see this as a nice jumping-off point to pursue other books devoted entirely to one of those topics.
Hamilton concludes with a lovely chapter about how Christians get it right. Mainly we do that when we follow the example of Jesus and put people before rules. He is a shining example of compassion and love and that is how Christians and the church need to be when interacting with outsiders and within our own community.