Lies He Believes About God: William Paul Young’s New Book Denies the Most Essential Christian Doctrines
[When my friend Teasi Cannon told me she was reading the latest book by William Paul Young, I asked her if she would be willing to guest post a review. I'm thrilled and honored that she agreed. This is an important post that shows how vital it is to be discerning in the times we live.]
By Teasi Cannon:
Author of The Shack, William Paul Young, has delivered to millions of devoted followers a book entitled Lies We Believe About God. A little late to the game, I just finished reading it, and I’ll be honest…it breaks my heart. After reading The Shack several years ago, I felt I'd met a kindred spirit in Paul Young—a friend who understood the depths to which God will go to heal a broken heart. I had been so deeply wounded by childhood sexual abuse...and the message of the Father's love brought tremendous healing to my life. The Shack echoed so much I held dear, and though theological quirks were there, I dismissed them as mere creative license allowed in a fiction. Though there were points I didn't fully agree with, I developed a trust and respect for Paul. Which is what I suspect many others would do: respect him...and trust him. Enough to invite him into their hearts again by reading his latest book.
A few years ago, I taught my first apologetics class for the women's ministry at my church. Afterwards, a woman approached me, thanked me for the class, and then said something interesting:
I was a bit puzzled that she didn’t seem to connect the dots—that the faith she had handed down to her daughter was void of some important answers. And if she didn't think they were important enough to learn, why should her daughter? Since then, I have discovered that some of the toughest objections to the discipline of apologetics come from within the church itself. Time and time again I’ve heard claims like, “I don’t need apologetics because I don’t have any doubts,” or “I don’t want my intellect to get in the way of my heart,” or “You can’t argue anyone into the kingdom.”
Many Christians seem to be personally disconnected from the rich intellectualism, critical thought, and theological depth that defines our church history. R.C. Sproul said, “We live in what may be the most anti-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization.” In Forensic Faith, Wallace takes a helpful step toward turning that around.