Having read Poythress’ Redeeming Sociology, I came into this book with high expectations. His writing style has a way of challenging me intellectually, while keeping the pace of reading moving right along; a sort of literary attraction of sorts.
I can say honestly that this text does not disappoint.
For me (and remember, I’m entitled to my own opinion, though for some you may feel like I’m over-stretching a bit), this book felt like a cross between Tim Keller’s Reason for God and any John Piper book (say, Desiring God, for reference). Poythress tackles apologetic content (from Science to materialism, history to literature, sociology to our innate sin-nature) in a fresh, Bible-saturated approach (very little is said without support of the Bible, which, in a piece on inerrancy, is a refreshing facet).
I leave you with a high recommendation and a brief excerpt which I feel sets the tone for the text:
The Bible has much to say about God and about how we can come to know him. What it says is deeply at odds with much of the thinking in the modern world. And this fundamental difference generates differences in many other areas–differences in people’s whole view of the world. Modern world views are at odds with the worldview put forward in the Bible. This difference in world views creates obstacles when modern people read and study the Bible. People come to the Bible with expectations that do not fit the Bible, and this clash becomes one main reason, though not the only one, why people do not find the Bible’s claims acceptable… The challenge of interpreting the Bible has may dimensions and many challenges.. We focus here on issues involving response to our modern situation. (p.14-15)
I pray that if this topic, or Poythress’ writing style, inerrancy, christian worldview, apologetics, and/or hermeneutics are in any degree interesting to you, that you will take some time to dive into this text. I feel like you will not be disappointed in the slightest.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by Crossway Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.