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Krish Kandiah
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Book Description

10 April 2014

The Christian faith is full of apparent paradoxes:

a compassionate God who sanctions genocide

an all-powerful God who allows horrific suffering

a God who owns everything yet demands so much from his followers

a God who is distant and yet present at the same time

Many of us have big questions that the Christian faith seems to leave unanswered. So we push them to the back of our minds, for fear of destabilizing our beliefs. But leaving these questions unexamined is neither healthy for us, nor honouring to God. Rather than shying away from the difficult questions, we need to face them head on.

What if the tension between apparently opposing doctrines is exactly where faith comes alive? What if this ancient faith has survived so long not in spite of but precisely because of these apparent contradictions? What if it is in the difficult parts of the Bible that God is most clearly revealed?

PARADOXOLOGY makes a bold new claim: that the paradoxes that seem like they ought to undermine belief are actually the heart of our vibrant faith, and that it is only by continually wrestling with them - rather than trying to pin them down or push them away - that we can really move forward, individually and together.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444745344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444745344
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Krish Kandiah is in demand as a conference speaker, Bible teacher and lecturer. Krish is Executive Director for Churches in Mission at the Evangelical Alliance UK. He has taught apologetics, evangelism and mission as part of the faculty at Oxford University and as a visiting lecturer, most recently in Regents College Vancouver. Krish helps to lead his local church and is the author of several books aiming to present the gospel faithfully, relevantly and winsomely. Krish is a fan of Liverpool FC, and is husband, father and foster carer.

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A book confronting the paradoxes at Christianity's heart. Kandiah challenges us to see them as an opportinuty for deepening faith (The Bookseller)

Looking at the Bible's heroes of faith, Kandiah argues that it is only by wrestling with the challenges of faith rather than by pushing them away that we grow in knowledge of God. 'Paradox is often the pathway to truth, and Kris Kandiah is an accomplished guide along the road.' (Michael Green Church of England Newspaper 2014-04-11)

Evangelical theology has so often been written off as altogether too simplistic; so Kandiah is owed a hearing - and what he offers rewards our attention . . . While this admirably readable exercise in Evangelical apologetics is more likely to attract those already sympathetic to its theological preconceptions, there is still much here for the general reader to use as a stepping-stone to rather more profound theological reflection. (Dr. John Saxbee Church Times 2014-07-04)

This book helpfully steers away from overly neat or glib answers to the sorts of questions people really struggle with. It's well written, accessible and deserving of a wide audience . . . presents a compelling vision for the deep riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God. (Evangelicals Now)

The author is honest about inconvenient questions and loose ends. With an eye to the issues that face Christians in the contemporary world Kandiah explores some of them here. (Inspire Magazine)

...the chapters on Abraham, Joshua and Job touched the rawest nerves in my consciousness. (Inspire Magazine)

Read this book and give your faith a workout. (Inspire Magazine)

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Why Christianity was never meant to be simple - an essential exploration of the paradoxes that lie at the heart of the Christian faith.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Because Krish Kandiah has an ear to both the bible and contemproary religious and non-religious culture, this book is both a superb pastoral resource and a cracking apologetic text. If you're living with the apparent absence or silence of God or wrestling with passages of the bible you find tough Krish offers some great insights into the bible. On the other hand, if you find Richard Dawkins' view of God and the bible persuasive, this book would be worth reading to check whether you've really understood the historical and textual context of the passages in question. I'm a Baptist minister and will be recommending this book unreservedly to our church family this morning.
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This book explores some of the big questions we all, if we're honest, ask ourselves: How can God allow suffering if he's compassionate? If God speaks, why don't we hear him? How can God be near when he feels far away?...

Rather than offering pat answers, the book looks to help its reader find a deeper understanding of God through these apparent contradictions. This refreshing approach leaves room for our questions (may even raise a few more!) whilst giving us a fuller picture of God's great character.

Unpretentious, straightforward language and 'real life' examples make it accessible to anybody. I think it would make a great small group study or teaching series (really looking forward to exploring it in that setting...)

Highly recommended!
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Krish Kandiah addresses the biggest and controversial aspects of faith and belief in God. He skillfully examines hampering hurdles and age held truths of Christian theology as paradoxes - this is so apt for a postmodern and skeptical society/audience in the 21st Century.

Whether agnostic, atheist or theist, this book challenges where our individual and collective morality stems.

Do we trust God or blame God?

Is Judas the most evil person in history or God's robot assassin? Is he the most pitiest person?

Do we really have free will?

Kandiah addresses the most pertinent questions that most people think but perhaps are afraid to confront. This includes the most asked question of any society - why does God (if he exists), who is all loving, all powerful and all knowing, allow suffering and at times devastating suffering?

I find his chapter entitled: "The Job Paradox - The God who is actively inactive" the best response to the God and suffering question I have read in a long time. Kandiah writes honestly and is not pretentious. It's real.

Kandiah does not cut any corners anywhere in the book and while not every reader may agree with him - it will undoubtedly challenge every reader and I strongly recommend it is read by any thinking adult.

It's all about asking 'why' and the paradoxical perspective opens up fresh debate and confirmed understanding of faith, God and morality.

Krish Kandiah's Paradoxology is also an excellent resource for any first year University theology/divinity student and also senior secondary school students studying Religious Studies, Philosophy or RMPS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 30 April 2014
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This book asks the questions many Christians try to avoid. It will equip you with right answers, while revealing absolute truths about God that we perhaps fear or are confused about. I found Krish made sense of the seeming Paradox of God in the bible book by book, enhancing my faith and Relationship with a loving Creator. I would heartily recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a fantastic and challenging read, and the questions it addresses are all ones I have considered of my own accord at one point or another. While it is impossible to find a conclusive answer to these, the author gives some strong arguments and makes sense of things in ways that were new to me, and so I found the book helpful. Many of the author's ideas were in line with my own train of thought, so it was useful to have references from scripture to strengthen them.

It is a delight that for once a Christian book is written from a British cultural perspective but sadly it is full of American spellings.

On another point, the author begins the book with saying he believes there to be no mistakes in this book. Well I have found at least one - in an analogy using C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the author states it is Eustace who is enchanted by the White Witch... I think he means Edmond! ;)

On the whole a brilliant book and a worthy read, recommended. I flew through it as it really held my attention and challenged my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is extremely challenging and helpful. 13 May 2014
By Matt00
I loved this book. It made me think but it also helped me understand more about the God I worship. This is a vital resource for helping Christians to worship through thick and thin but also useful for non-Christians to witness to the fact that it's OK for people to have questions, doubts and struggles as we explore faith.

Krish handles some very contemporary issues in a logical but down to earth way. This accessibility makes it a great book to read. Krish uses gripping illustrations and personal stories to make the book readable and engaging.
I have used every chapter to teach older pupils at our local secondary school during their lunch hour and I'm trusting that the pupils will have been as built up listening as I did reading, preparing and teaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
An excellent read – our churches would be far healthier places and would help people grow more in their faith if we could talk about our questions and doubts with the candour Krish... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Trevor Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book: it's very refreshing to find an author who confronts the questions about biblical paradox which I suspect lurk in the minds of many people (Christians and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kim Eames
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an excellent book looking at issues we sometimes try to avoid. well worth a read.
Published 1 month ago by Rev R E Voysey
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, thought provoking book
An excellent, thought provoking book.
Krish challenges us not to bury or hide the difficult questions about God. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. J. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars bought this as a gift
Having heard Krish at Spring Harvest i bought this book for my pastor, i think he loved it!! i certainly like Krish's challenging down to earth, brave honest tackling of issues... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Syko
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown truth
I have found this book revealing as Krish Kandiah opens up difficult questions overlooked. The book is well presented, easy to read and to understand. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric Heylen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
There are many questions that we ask internally as Christians, but worry about sharing publicly. Questions like: why did God demand Abraham kill his son? Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. D. Thomas
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