How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex Worldâ€”How do we explain human consciousness? Where do we get our sense of beauty? Why do we recoil at suffering? Why do we have moral codes that none of us can meet? Why do we yearn for justice, yet seem incapable of establishing it?
Any philosophy or worldview must make sense of the world as we actually experience it. We need to explain how we can discern qualities such as beauty and evil and account for our practices of morality and law.
The complexity of the contemporary world is sometimes seen as an embarrassment for Christianity. But law professor David Skeel makes a fresh case for the plausibility and explanatory power of Christianity. The Christian faith offers plausible explanations for the central puzzles of our existence, such as our capacity for idea-making, our experience of beauty and suffering, and our inability to create a just social order. When compared with materialism or other sets of beliefs, Christianity provides a more comprehensive framework for understanding human life as we actually live it.
We need not deny the complexities of life as we experience it. But the paradoxes of our existence can lead us to the possibility that the existence of God could make sense of it all.
"David Skeel is widely respected for his scholarly writing that helps make sense of the laws governing bankruptcy and corporate finance in the United States. Now, stepping beyond his less well-known writing about law and religion, he has written a rich and challenging gem of a book about the meaning and majesty of Christianity in the twenty-first century. As he gracefully makes sense of difficult yet essential questions, you feel the power of his intellect and faith on every page." â€”Lincoln Caplan, former editorial board member, New York Times
"In his short book Mr. Skeel touches on a variety of eternal questionsâ€•from the mystery of human consciousness to the relationships between law and justice. He addresses the problem of evil in an especially compelling wayâ€•not by 'solving' it in some philosophical air-tight way, but by questioning its premise. . . . "True Paradox is written by a Christian in defense of Christianity, but most nonbelieving readers will not find it off-putting. Mr. Skeel expresses great respect for those with whom he disagreesâ€•a good deal more respect, in fact, than some prominent materialists have accorded their believing interlocutors. Which may be precisely what this subject needs." --Barton Swaim, The Wall Street Journal, Nov 22 - 23, 2014
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