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Paradoxology: Why Christianity was Never Meant to be Simple

(Hodder, £13.99)

What do they say about the definition of an optimist? It is someone who does not have all the facts yet! 

I was reminded of that definition when reading this book. It is possible to go through life blissfully unaware of any complexity, questions or uncertainty. Some Christians make a virtue out of having a simple faith; this is a virtue when the simplicity seeks to avoid the unnecessary complexities of pride disguised as sophistication, or unbelief disguised as scepticism. Yet, it becomes simplistic when Christians refuse to face any inconvenient questions about their faith. There are loose ends in biblical faith; some things do not appear to add up. 

In short there are paradoxes in the Bible that appear at first sight to be at loggerheads. These paradoxes are the subject of this thoughtfully written book. 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. 

I guess that, as for me, some chapters will be more compelling to certain readers than others. For me the chapters on Abraham, Joshua and Job touched the rawest nerves in my consciousness. Read this book and give your faith a workout.

Allow your mind to test your conclusions about the Bible. Like Thomas in the Easter Story, you might find that exploring doubts and questions will bring you to clearer vision.

John Woods

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