Restored Christianity is written by Donna E. Lane and Hayden J. Lane.
The introduction states that this book is “written with the goal of restoring the Christian church to the foundational beliefs of the teachings and truth of Jesus Christ, based on what we know from the earliest writings following Jesus’ resurrection”.
This is a noble goal and I would agree that there is some need for this to happen within the Christian church. I’m just not sure that many Christians will be able to pick up the little gems of this book out of the things that may make them defensive.
I’ll have to admit that the beginning of the book made me somewhat defensive even though the authors warn you of this. I’m not sure this is such a good thing. They attack some of the basic beliefs of Christianity early in the book but do not give details and supporting evidence. They just mention them or brush over them quickly. If you want a Christian to change a long held belief I feel you need to be more complete rather than just a brush over and move on. The authors seemed to want you to just take their word for it. I think the book would have been better served to not mention any disagreement with some of the Christian beliefs if they were not going to cover them in detail.
That being said, I do believe that there is value in reading this book although the authors use a broad brush when talking about Christian beliefs. I think that we all recognize that there are many different denominations that hold slightly different beliefs and some of these differences are covered in the book. Some of the topics challenged me whereas some of them were not what I held as a belief.
Several Christian beliefs are looked at in detail some of which include faith, suffering, God’s control, works, transformation and our purpose.
There were times when the book made me somewhat irritated, times when it made me take a step back and look at things in a different light and times when I wondered why other Christians would believe what the authors said that some Christians believe.
By the end of the book I was glad I had read the book and I would say that my relationship with Jesus is closer, and this is exactly what the authors wanted the book to do.
If you think you can make it through some things you may not agree with and you are willing to re-evaluate some of your thinking give Restored Christianity a read. I think you too may draw closer to Jesus.
Chapter titles in Restored Christianity include:
The Foundation of Restoration
The Bible and the Holy Spirit
The Old Testament and New Testament
Can God Be Known?
Does God Make Sense?
What is Faith?
Control or Sovereignty?
Works or Partnership?
Bringing it All Together
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