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What's So Confusing About Grace? Paperback – July 20, 2017
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About the Author
Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta where he has taught since 2003. He is the author of many books including "Finding God in the Shack" (Biblica, 2009) and "The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver, and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails" (InterVarsity, 2012). Randal speaks widely on issues of theology, apologetics, and Christian worldview and he blogs as The Tentative Apologist. You can visit him online at randalrauser.com.
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I've been a follower of Randal's blog for several years and an evangelical Christian for about 16 years.
In this book, Randal is amazingly bold and honest in telling the story of how his views on Christian salvation evolved over the years since he was a child. I think most evangelicals, if they're honest, have wrestled seriously with questions such as : "How can I know that I'm really saved?" and "Do children automatically go to heaven?" There was a time when I thought I had very clear, well-justified answers to these questions; however, as I got older, encountered other ideas, and critically examined my own faith, I found that things are not as clear as I once thought. It was encouraging to read how Randal, a person who has probably read hundreds of books more than me, has also shared in this confusion.
In addition to the general them of salvation, Randal looks critically at some of the commonly held views on doctrine, biblical inerrancy, Old Testament violence, and heaven, offering some appealing alternative ideas. All of these are presented in an entertaining, engaging way that draws you in. Randal has a crisp, clear style of writing, which drew me to his blog originally.
The book is very accessible and readable for a common person, so you don't have to be a seminarian to appreciate it. It has digger deeper questions at the end of each chapter, which would be helpful if you are going to use it in your small group.
I must confess that I was probably hoping a little more for Randal to alleviate more of my confusion; however, the book is not really about giving you canned, definitive answers -- it is more about exploring the possibilities and complexities, and ruling out commonly held ideas that are most likely not true.
Randal does leave you with an encouraging and motivating rationale at the end to press on amidst the confusion.
I would highly recommend this book to fellow Christians for Randal's unique and helpful perspectives on things.
Oh, and there is a great encouraging miracle story in here! :-)
He did not disappoint. I highly recommend reading the book. I enjoyed the format – short chapters and a great sense of humor despite the seriousness of the subject.
For some who grew up in religious homes, we have come suspect about what we were taught that everyone had to believe to get to heaven – aka receiving God’s grace. The majority of people who have been born on this earth never had a chance to read the supposed truth according to the Bible. Randal throughout the book addresses what many of us are thinking such as - does then God hide the Gospel message of salvation. What kind of God is that?
For some who didn’t grow up with religion but are interested in spirituality, they have every right to question common answers that suggest you better hope you had access to a Bible, the right interpretation of the Bible, that you grew up in the right family hearing the “correct” beliefs, etc. Again, Randal tackles a lot of these internal questions in his book. Who doesn’t notice there are thousands of Christians denominations who can’t agree on this critical question. Talk about confusion! What kind of God is that?
I love the example Randal starts with in the book. The thief on the Cross asks to be remembered and Jesus simply said “today you will be with me in paradise (Lk. 23:42-43). Simply enough but then we have managed to complicate grace over the centuries. The author takes us on his journey from a young boy until now of how he answers the question of which beliefs -- if any -- are required for salvation
The author isn’t one for simplistic answers but he ends this book by suggesting how God’s grace may not be so complicated after all, providing the reader food for thought in their own journey.