Lesslie Newbigin is no stranger to theologians as a very influential missiologist. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society is one of his most important works, in which he analyzes contemporary society and what the Christian message has to offer in a culture dominated by relativism and pluralism. It even has a chapter on the similarities between science and religion, where he argues that both are subject to their respective traditions, and that both in practice require a certain amount of faith. His experiences as a missionary in India during his younger days shine through in this thoughtful work that would forever change the way the Church carried out its missions.
It’s hard to categorize this book by Alister McGrath, theologian at Oxford University and former biochemist. It is somewhat an apologetics book, arguing in defense of the intellectual integrity of the Christian faith – but it does so in a way that is unlike the usual (and flawed, I would say) ‘scientific and historical proofs that the Bible is true’ argument. All this book attempts to show is that the Christian idea of God, and the Christian faith in general, can exist as a coherent and intellectually satisfying worldview, even in the light of science. He discusses issues of morality, human suffering, epistemology, and the human search for meaning, among other things. The author’s background as a scientist is apparent here, as he often uses examples from science to explain his thoughts. A very thin but thoughtful book.