By Prof W Mon Watt
Written via one of many world's most effective spiritual gurus, A Christian religion for this day offers either Christians and sceptics with a much-needed reaction to modernity's problem to God.Most humans settle for that our global is regulated via the legislation of ordinary technology, yet how may still Christian believers reconcile this with religion, incarnation and a loving and clever Creator?W. Montgomery Watt returns to the Biblical tales and assets on the roots of contemporary religion and to theological difficulties equivalent to Jesus' divinity and humanity. He indicates how the marvelous can be understood from a rational viewpoint and the surely transcendental unique from allegory and symbolism.Sympathetic to the Gospel, but applicable to the fashionable brain, it is a well timed and delicate exposition of God's manifestation and intervention on this planet and of his reasons with us and for us.
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A Christian Faith for Today by Prof W Mon Watt