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Reason to Believe [Paperback]

Maurice Wiles
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1 Feb 2011
For many people, believer and non-believer alike, Christian belief poses a host of perplexing questions. Can its claims be true? Can one accept them with integrity? Is it reasonable to believe? Maurice Wiles is a distinguished theologian who has written many pioneering and radical books in the area of Christian doctrine. Here his aim is to explain Christian belief as simply as possible. Avoiding all technical terms and using no footnotes, he looks at some of the most basic difficulties and suggests ways in which Christian belief can be understood and believed in the light of them. The questions are about God, Jesus, the Trinity, salvation, other faiths, the past record of the church, morality, evil and death. Interspersed between them are 'interludes' which provide background information to some of the key issues: factual information on topics such as the Bible and the creeds, current thinking about matters such as language and symbolism in general and in relation to God. It is the account of a continuing search. Neither Christian faith nor the new insights from modern discoveries can lay claim to certain knowledge. The apparent conflicts between them must constantly be investigated, with proponents on both sides always open to the need for change. MAURICE WILES was Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus in the University of Oxford.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press; 1st ed. edition (1 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334027853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334027850
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christian beliefs for the sceptic 9 Aug 2000
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This is a very readable discussion of the basic tenets of Christian belief and how they have arrived via the Bible and the early church. It appealed to me as someone who wants to find meaning in the Christian way of life but has difficulty accepting many of the Christian tenets of faith (virgin birth, resurrection etc). This book shows the relativity and the origins of some of these beliefs and discusses the language we use to express them. It alternates between discussion of the beliefs and explanation of the issues they raise (eg is the Bible true! ). It provides a thought provoking, but short and easy to access debate that strengthened my view that we should interpret Christian belief in the way that best helps us live our lives with others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 31 Aug 2013
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Simple, clear and accessible - Wiles brings new ideas to the table about the timeless debate about life: does God exist and if so, why are we here?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incisive insights into the nature of Christian faith. 6 Jun 2000
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In Reason To Believe, noted Oxford theologian Maurice Wiles addresses clear answers to such fundamentally important questions of the Christian faith such as whether it is God or chance that determines what happens in the world; did the virgin birth, the crucifixion, and the resurrection really happen; if Christianity is true, are all other religions false; does Christian faith make any difference to morality; do suffering and evil negate faith in a good and loving God. Not a technical overview of Christian doctrine, Reason To Believe is an in-depth discussion of the issues important for reasonably assessing Christianity's basic claims. A bibliography provides recommendations for further reading for those interested in pursuing specific questions and issues in more detail. Maurice Wile's free-flowing argument and narrative style provides engaging and incisive insights into the very nature of Christian faith and is highly recommended for students of Christianity and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Christian theology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, informative, detailed overview of Christian faith. 5 May 2000
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In Reason To Believe, Maurice Wiles (Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Oxford University) give the reader a clear, comprehensive, informative overview and introduction to the Christian faith. Wiles identifies and explains the fundamental doctrinal tenets while providing appropriate responses to basic questions about Christian belief that often confuse Christians and non-Christians alike. A short section within each chapter (printed in bold type) discusses some of the issues that are important for reasonably assessing the truth regarding Christian claims and assertions. A bibliography is provided, as is an index of biblical references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable view of Christianity 28 Mar 2002
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Wiles tackles really tough questions such as, "Who is God?" and "What is the meaning of the crucifixion" and "Is Christianity relevant today?" He proceeds to answer them satisfactorily by using reasoning. "Reason to Believe" is easy to read, as the author avoids theological jargon. I recommend it for Christians and non-Christians alike.
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