After Andy Bannister — Resources on Faith and Worldview
by Denise Snyder
On Friday, January 20, Andy Bannister joined us to talk about what makes Jesus stand out among other religions. It was a great talk that introduced us to some sound reasoning about what makes Jesus so special. If you missed it and would like to watch it, it’s available right here on our website!
In case Andy’s talk sparked your interest, I thought I’d point out a few resources that I’ve found helpful as I’ve learned a bit about how to understand and talk about the Christian worldview.
Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias
This is a great book for those interested in knowing how Jesus’ teachings differ from those in other religions. Ravi knows what he’s talking about and how to talk about it! Ravi addresses the questions: Aren’t all religions basically the same? Was Jesus who He claimed to be? Can we know that Jesus is the way, truth and life?
How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt
This is one of the best and most comprehensive books I’ve read on the impact that Christianity has had on culture. Because of the beliefs of its followers, Christianity elevated human life, sexual morality, the role of women, economic freedom — and the list goes on! A great read for those interested in knowing more about how Christianity influenced Western culture.
The Universe Next Door by James W. Sire
This book is a basic introduction to the concept of worldview. It also introduces us to how a variety of worldviews (Christianity, naturalism/atheism, Eastern spirituality, postmodernism, etc.) answer life’s big questions.
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley
I grew up in the church, but I knew next to nothing about church history from the time after the apostles onward. This book is an easy read and invites us to get to know the history of Christianity from the age of Jesus and the apostles, to Christianity in the Middle Ages, to current Christianity — and everything in between. An easy and fascinating book!
On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig
I recently read this book as part of an editing project, and it is a comprehensive piece that argues for God’s existence and the historicity of Jesus’ claims and resurrection. It also addresses the problem of suffering and why it’s worth it to follow Jesus. It’s philosophical and logical, but the tips and diagrams along the way will help you out!
So there’s a good start if you’re interested in learning more! There are also a variety of other resources — from Christian ethics, to philosophy, to spiritual growth — recommended on the RZIM website. Check them out!