Greg Boyd and his father, Ed, were on opposite sides of a great divide. Greg was a newfound Christian, while his father was a longtime agnostic. So Greg offered his father an invitation: Ed could write with any questions on Christianity, and his son would offer a response.
Letters from a Skeptic contains this special correspondence. The letters tackle some of today’s toughest challenges facing Christianity, including
Do all non-Christians go to hell?
How can we believe a man rose from the dead?
Why is the world so full of suffering?
How do we know the Bible was divinely inspired?
Does God know the future?
Each response offers insights into the big questions, while delivering intelligent answers that connect with both the heart and mind. Whether you’re a skeptic, a believer, or just unsure, these letters can provide a practical, common-sense guide to the Christian faith.
Often times when asked the difficult questions about Christianity, I couldn’t really formulate a proper response because I had never really questioned my faith and just accepted things as true. In reading this book, I feel that I have such deeper knowledge of my faith from seeing rationale behind the truth of God. The hard hitting questions asked and answered has truly helped me become even more convicted of the Gospel.
After reading this book, I realized that I have many misconceptions about how we bring people to faith. I’ve often felt as though I have to answer every single question a non-believer has, but like the author wrote to his father, the most important thing is to first realize God’s love and to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Of course, it is important to answer questions, but there are some questions that have to be approached from a believer’s point of view. One example is about the stories in the Bible–it is the belief in Jesus Christ that lead to the belief in the Bible, not the other way around.
Letters from a Skeptic, Dr. Gregory A. Boyd & Edward Boyd
Personally, I enjoyed the point of view of this book. This correspondence between a father & a son provided a heartwarming perspective toward apologetics. This perspective gave me hope about my own father, who is an unbeliever. I know my father has questions about Christianity & reading this story from skepticism to faith encouraged me to continue in the hope that my own father would one day be accepted into the kingdom.
In addition, the book helped me grapple w/ concrete answers to many apologetics & put eloquently into words my own answers to such questions.
It has been a long time since I have read this book, and I forgot how great it is. Not only is it good to re-read to reaffirm my own faith, but it is also a good book for those who have lots of questions about Christianity and believe they can debunk it. After going through apologetics questions, it is important to remember that Christianity is based on a relationship with our Creator God. I am personally challenged by Dr. Boyd’s patience and faith that his father is a “marked man” as he spends almost 3 years tackling his father’s different misconceptions about God and Christianity. Everyone needs to read this book at least once!
This book helped to clear up the many questions I had about the Christian faith such as Christianity’s ties to history, the fate of non-believers, and Hell. Reading this book further affirmed my faith in Christianity, and convinced me that despite occasional uncertainties, there is far more evidence pointing towards the existence of God than not. The correspondence between the son and the father was all the more touching as it was evident that God was working tirelessly through the father the entire time despite his skepticism.
This correspondence reminds me of the conversations I had with my life-group leader and Course 101 mentor Michael Jung about my own doubts and making the decision to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. I enjoyed reading through Ed Boyd’s transformation from a malcontented skeptic to a joy-filled believer and a witness to the Lord’s love and grace. Since I made my salvation decision last fall, I could relate to the joy that Dr. Boyd felt in hearing his father’s decision as well as the joy of being reconciled with God. This piece answered additional questions that I had, including the reasons for world suffering. Boyd’s work also refreshed my faith and reminded me of the importance of faith and patience in my walk with God.
I really enjoyed this book for two main reasons. One was because of the types of questions that were answered and Dr. Boyd’s patient explanations, leaving not much left to question. The types of questions that the son answered helped me as well as the father. As soon as it seemed that the father finally asked an impossible question, Dr. Boyd was there to provide an answer, eventually leading his father to God. I also enjoyed the book because it was able to show God’s hand in shaping his father’s life, bringing a definite change in just under three years! I was able to realize that God is truly always at work in our lives no matter what, and that he will always be there for us.
“Letters from a Skeptic” by Gregory and Edward Boyd is without a doubt my new favorite apologetics book! One part of the book that I really enjoyed was how each chapter started with normal father-son conversation, like “how are the kids doing” or “how is your exercise coming along”. I felt that these aspects of the letter really conveyed how the correspondence was genuinely between two dear family members who love each other very much, as opposed to a straightforward apologetics talk that could end up preachy. Hearing how personal and relational Greg was the entire book was amazing, and I found it amazing that so much material was covered within the letters that they exchanged. The loving and caring tone that Gregory used was a challenge to me to be winsome and caring, especially with non-Christian family members and dear friends.
This book addressed not only the most difficult and commonly asked apologetics questions, but also how to best answer them when trying to with a non-believer. It’s easy to just want to be right but this can easily make the Christian look narrow-minded even if this wasn’t their intention. It was really the understanding and care Gregory used to answer his father’s questions and acknowledgment of human limitations that made his approach different. It showed me that apologetics discourse should always come out of love for the other person.
Letters from a Skeptic gave an in depth explanation to many of the big questions that non-Christians have about Christianity. I was amazed at Greg’s faith in his letters that his dad would one day become Christian and so much hope for his dad, even though many times it seemed like his dad would just be trying to attack Christianity. It was very helpful for me to review many of these questions and try to logic through Greg’s answers and responses, as these were many questions that people I was sharing the gospel with this past semester had. Not only that, but I was able to use much of the thought process and answers that Greg used in his letters from the “Couldn’t it all be by chance?” section to help my mom think through why the most probable explanation for our universe and for humans is God.