A concise guide to understanding how and why the ancient Christian faith makes sense for today and a blueprint for communicating truth to a "truthless" and cynical generation.The book is centered around 6 key principles: objectivity, rationality, veracity, authority, incompatibility and integrity. In the ultimate apologetic, John MacArthur presents a case for Christianity that serves as a logical explanation as much as a solid defense.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.read more
Reviews forWhy One Way?
I bought this book many years ago, back when I was a Christian, and recently found it while unpacking a box of books that I had long-ago stored. I figured that I might as well read it for kicks, since it's short (only 74 pages) and asked an intriguing question: Why one way?I expected the book to try to answer why Christianity is the only way, but it doesn't. Instead, the author just quotes bible verses and states that since Christianity says it's true, it is, the end. He conveniently forgets that many other religions also state that they are true; what makes Christianity supposedly right and the others wrong? That question is never answered.Instead, all this book offers is a lot of fear-mongering and stereotypes. There is a vast conspiracy against True Christianity (tm), headed by liberals and secularists. Gee, I'm a liberal and a secular Jew. I must be part of the conspiracy too! I guess I missed that memo. The author also makes a ton of generalizations and claims without supporting them with any basis in fact. In essence, this book is wanting to return to the "good old days" - you know, the days when homosexuals were closeted and women were in the kitchens where they belong. Except, as my grandmother often tells me, there never were any "good old days." When she was a teenager, people were bemoaning their lives and wishing that they could go back to the "good old days" too.John MacArthur seems to be one of those types who believes that a True Christian (tm) has to be "hated" by the world. If the world isn't "hating" him, then he isn't doing his job. And so he deliberately tries to offend so he can be "hated" and prove to everyone else that he's such a good Christian. I have no patience of that type of person, and I've run across far too many who speak of loving their neighbor with one fork of the tongue while the other spews hate. If I had to summarize this book in one sentence, it'd be: "Boo hoo, even though the vast majority of Americans are Christian, we are so persecuted because we can't force every single person to believe exactly as we do." The only thing that I can really agree on with John MacArthur is that the bible is incompatible with tolerance.read more
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