My latest book Paradoxology is out. I wanted to let you know a little about the reasons I had for writing it. The most important motive behind the book is that I am eager that we help our churches engage with the deep things of God. Too often I have come across believers who have at best a surface understanding of their faith.
Believers who have no depth to their understanding face three problems.
1. Vulnerability in the face of suffering
If our understanding and experience of our faith remains shallow we lack the resources to withstand the storms of life. We need to dig down into the rock by knowing and obeying scripture.
In Paradoxology I am seeking to face head on some of the biggest challenges to faith. We wrestle with suffering, the unpredictability of God, disappointment with God and his church .These challenges come framed in paradoxes as we try to reconcile two apparently competing beliefs.
God is good but bad stuff happens.
God is powerful but often inactive.
God is compassionate but painful things happen all the time
2. Timidity in evangelism
I am so excited that across the UK we are seeing churches doing more to reach out into their communities. But strangely at the same time we are struggling to find the words to articulate the gospel. One reason is that our grasp of the gospel remains too shallow to cope with the complexities of our own lives let alone those of the people we want to share the gospel with.
In Paradoxology we try to dig deeper into the gospel so we don’t settle for pat answers or simplistic formulas. We work hard to face some of the challenges being raised by the new atheists: for example what do we do with genocide in Joshua, child sacrifice in Abraham’s story and freewill and determinism in the Judas Paradox. Again paradox prevails. How do reconcile:
Human free will and a sovereign God.
The grace of God and the judgement of God.
The fact that God loves the whole world but has his own chosen people.
3. Lack of depth necessary to discipling others
You can’t give what you haven’t got.
It’s hard to help others to maturity in the faith if our own understanding and practice is stunted.
Paradoxology forces you to think outside of your comfort zone. It deliberately targets the more difficult passages in the Bible to help you gain confidence in the whole of scripture. It encourages you to up your theological game without getting too technical.
Here’s how one reviewer put it:
Close yet distant. Kind but fierce. Thunderous in speech yet often silent. While we’re often told the God of the Bible is knowable, He is as equally perplexing. Unlike many who side-step God’s more difficult-to-discuss qualities, Krish Kandiah rushes headlong towards them. What he finds is mystery, yes—but also windows through which to see some of the toughest questions of life and faith in new light.
Writer, speaker, broadcaster, and author of Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings