The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense


Francis Spufford is a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature and teaches at Goldsmiths College in London. In this book, which was published to great acclaim in England, he offers a spunky and creative defense of Christianity that has been battered and bruised lately by attacks from evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, a journalist and debator.

Spufford doesn’t try to defend everything associated with the faith. He is reluctant to cover the concept of hell, the ennobling potential of suffering or the existence of eternal life. But he believes that “humanity glimmers with God’s presence” and feels deeply connected with Jeshua, the first-century Jew who modeled our responsibility to do all we can to mend the world. For a spirited defense of the Christian path, read this book (HarperOne).


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