Speaking to an intelligent group of secularists about The Soul of Atlas, someone asked, “Why is it that you think you argue for the ‘true Christianity’ in contrast to the interpretations of Calvin, Luther, Augustine, and Occam?”
It’s sort of a loaded question like “When did you stop stealing from the church offering plate?” The simple answer is that I don’t pretend to offer THE version of Christianity that reconciles all of the minute discrepancies over the ages. I like what C. S. Lewis has to say. In Mere Christianity, he states his broad purpose is to speak to his “unbelieving neighbours”…
to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times… In the first place, the questions which divide Christians from one another often involve points of high Theology or even of ecclesiastical history which ought never to be treated except by real experts. I should have been out of my depth in such waters: more in need of help myself than able to help others. And secondly, I think we must admit that the discussion of these disputed points has no tendency at all to bring an outsider into the Christian fold.
From time to time, I also refer to “Gospel Christianity.” I’m not trying to invent some new flavor here and I’m not trying to divert attention from Biblical texts outside the four Gospels. It’s that I believe the Gospel is central to Christianity and it’s absolutely everywhere in the Bible. As I have heard Timothy Keller say on more than one occasion,
The gospel is not just the ABC’s but the A-to-Z of the Christian life.
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