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We live in a culture confused about sin. In the prevailing spirit of tolerance and religious pluralism, all beliefs must receive equal weight -- that is, unless such beliefs result in " obvious" evil like terrorist attacks on innocent people, inhumane treatment of prisoners, or defrauding stockholders of their rightful earnings. In a culture that scorns absolutes, yet apparently reserves the right to have them, how do we effectively communicate the reality of sin and the good news of the gospel? Harry Lee Poe suggests that we must understand sin as more than a violation of God's laws. It is also a breaking of the relationship between God and people that results in an ever widening gulf between the two. Salvation through Jesus restores a relationship with God, closes the distance, and enables people to understand God as goodness itself -- and reflect his goodness in the world.
The ability to think as a Christian and to recognize the faith issues in an academic discipline does not differ greatly from the ability to talk to another person about Jesus Christ and to recognize the faith issues in the other person's life. Both situations depend upon a grasp of the gospel and its implications beyond going to heaven when you die. This book explores the gospel and its meaning in the Bible and over the last two thousand years in particular cultural settings as the gospel has intersected with all dimensions of human experience. The gospel is the starting point for any faith and culture project.
This book represents a departure from most approaches to science and religion. One sort of book by both scientific skeptics and religious people simply attacks the other position. Another approach, primarily by religious people, concedes the playing field to the other position. In writing this book, we have sought to take both science and the Bible seriously. Most books on science and religion are written to make the case for religion to the scientific skeptic, to prove the Bible to people who already believe the Bible, or to disprove the Bible to people who do not believe the Bible. This book is written primarily for Christian college students and their teacher who struggles with how to believe the Bible and accept modern scientific discoveries at the same time. (from the Preface)
What happens to evangelism when old assumptions about how to present the gospel no longer hold? How do we bear witness to Jesus Christ when rational argument and external authority no longer bear weight? Start by recognizing that the situation is as much an opportunity as a challenge. Postmodernity does not represent a cohesive set of beliefs so much as it represents a rejection of the old naturalistic, materialistic assumptions of the modern world. Postmodernity represents the hinge between the last great period of Western civilization and what will come next. While rejecting so much of modern culture, postmodern people have embraced an awareness that life has a spiritual dimension. Those that take the time to understand the deep questions of postmodernity will realize that the gospel provides the answers to those questions.
No one has ever lived the Christian life except Jesus Christ. His promise to his followers is that he will live his life through us when we have faith in him. He enters our lives through the Holy Spirit and changes us into his likeness, from one degree to the next. The fruit of the Spirit refers to what the Holy Spirit does in our lives to make us each "a chip off the old block." Rather than blasphemy, this phrase touches on the profound reality of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and how our very nature and character are transformed into that of God. The new birth means that we will become "like Father, like Son."