In Letters From A Skeptic, Greg Boyd collects an unedited and lengthy correspondence between himself and his father discussing the Christian faith. Dr. Boyd, a professor of theology with a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, had for some time struggled to engage his father—an intelligent, strong-willed 70-year-old agnostic—into an active discussion of Christianity. Edward Boyd finally began this discussion in the form of letters he and his son exchanged over a three-year period.
The book reads quite simply: A question is posed by Edward Boyd and then his son sets to work providing an answer to that question. As the conversation deepens, so do the topics being discussed. Edward Boyd is by no means prepared to accept flimsy ideas or magical concepts and so his son the apologist has his work very much cut out for him. Among the 29 correspondence topics are: “Why has Christianity done so much harm?“, “Why would an all-powerful God need prayer?”, “Didn’t the Catholic church put the Bible together?”, “Aren’t the Gospels full of contradictions?” and “Why didn’t God spare your mother?” Dr. Boyd is very much prepared to offer comprehensive, historical, fact-based answers as well as explaining very complicated theological ideas in a way that they are laid out and understandable.
This is one of the most educational and profound books I have ever read. I wholeheartedly recommend it to both devout Christians and to those looking to offer their agnostic/atheist loved ones something to read that doesn’t come off as having a “Christian bookstore” agenda. The book can be purchased cheaply here at half.com, here at amazon.com or else borrowed from your public library.
will you be offended? Not unless theology and aplogetics offend you. I should mention that Dr. Boyd’s subscription to “Open Theism” has often been a subject of heated debate, though I can’t imagine why anger often accompanies the discussion. The topic is discussed in the book, but for those with more questions, check here.