Confident Faith, Book Review

Confident Faith : Building a Firm Foundation for Your Belief
by Mark Mittelberg

Confident Faith is one of those rare books for skeptics, new believers, and long-time Christians alike.  Mark Mittelberg was raised in the church, but when he went off to college, he found himself grossly unequipped to deal with the difficult questions of non-Christians professors and others.  Even when he returned to his home church and asked spiritual leaders to give reasons for their faith and arguments to support the Bible, they failed him.  They could do little more than say, “The Bible is true because it says it’s true.  Period.  End of Story.”confidentfaith

But Christians need to be equipped to defend our faith.  We need to be prepared to answer the hard questions when people ask them.  Sometimes as Christians it seems like we avoid digging deep on faith issues because we’re afraid that the Bible won’t ring true and bear up under the scrutiny.

Mittleberg begins his book with a discussion of six general paths to faith, such as just accepting the traditions of the path, or going with what feels right, or assuming it’s all relative anyway.  He examines the logic of each and argues for a more evidential approach.  Following that, he presents 20 arguments that show how science and logic point toward spiritual truth.  Along the way, he investigates the Bible, the Koran, the Joseph Smith papers for the Mormon church and other doctrines of various religions.

Some books that cover science, apologetics, and logic may be overwhelmingly dense and hard to follow.  Mittelberg’s book, however, is an engaging and informative read–fun even at times.  When you put the book down, you’ll be better equipped to understand your faith, share it with others, and defend it when necessary.  For those who aren’t Christian, it may be an eye-opening read and a great way to really investigate the claims of the Bible and get some answers to questions you may be asking.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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