Monday, April 6, 2015

Review of THEIR ROCK IS NOT LIKE OUR ROCK by Daniel Strange

Christianity is unique among the world's religions, but it's not the only way people have understood humanity's relationship to God. The problem is that if Christianity is true, then all other religions have to be false. Christianity's teachings don't leave the door open for another religion to be valid. Yet there are many other religions with significant followings and Christians traditionally have struggled with how to relate to people of other religions, especially when Christians believe they need to communicate the truth of Christianity, which inevitably invalidates the worldviews of people who follow other religions.

Daniel Strange's book Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock tackles this difficult topic in a way that I haven't encountered in other writings. The book is very academic in nature, which makes it quite the read to get through, but the goal of the book is to help Christians understand the place of other religions in a world governed by God in order to better communicate the Christian gospel to people of other religions.

Some of the more insightful concepts of the book are the ways in which other religions borrow some bits of truth from God, but it's only in coming to God through Jesus that their religious hopes are subversively fulfilled. Strange borrows heavily from the thought of Cornelius Van Til, which makes a lot of sense about how God can use other religions to bring people to the truth of Christianity.

This is an academically heavy book, but the subject matter is incredibly important for understanding the worldviews of other people and why God allows other religions to exist.

Review copy provided by Zondervan

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