Is Christianity unrealistic as a worldview because it is faith-based? Men who refuse to consider the validity of the Christian worldview often answer this question in the affirmative. Joseph Farinaccio winsomely, yet forthrightly, shows that an affirmative answer to this question is absurd.
Building on the foundation that all beliefs are neither equal nor true, he points out that all worldviews are based on presuppositions and thus are faith-based. In this sense Christianity is no different from other views of reality. He shows that Christianity alone provides an acceptable grid through which to view and understand God’s world and all creation.
In demonstrating this truth, Farinaccio provides Biblical answers to many of the tough issues that arise when non-Christians talk with Christians. Some topics include the relationship of faith and reason, circular reasoning, the truthfulness of Biblical Christianity, and the existence of evil in God’s world. He succinctly sets forth the fact that six-day, supernatural creation is more internally consistent and defensible than is evolution. In his chapter “Thoughts on World Religion,” he demonstrates how to look for and discover the internal inconsistencies of other religions. He briefly examines the basic tenets and the flaws of Hinduism.
The author has written a very practical primer on apologetics. He defines terms such as epistemology that one must know when defending the faith.
The volume is brief but full of sound, Biblical meat. It is excellent for new Christians to read in order to become better grounded in Christianity. It is also a good book to hand out and discuss with non-Christians who are examining Christianity. The author not only presents the claims of Christianity, he also interweaves arguments against Christian truth that are often raised. He respectfully shows why these arguments are false. This book can be given to others with sincerity and confidence that Biblical truth will be upheld and no compromise will be allowed in contending for the absolute truth of Christianity.
- Byron Snapp
Byron Snapp is a graduate of King College (B.A.) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He was Associate Pastor at Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hampton, Virginia, from 1994 until his retirement in December 2014. He is a native of Marion, Virginia. He has had pastorates in Leakesville, Mississippi, and Gaffney, South Carolina. He served as Assistant Pastor in Cedar Bluff, Virginia prior to his ministry at Calvary Reformed. He has served as editor of the Presbyterian Witness and was a contributor to A Comprehensive Faith and Election Day Sermons. He is currently a member of Westminster Presbytery in the PCA. He and his wife Janey have 3 children and several grandchildren.