Why Knowing About Jesus Is Not Enough
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Three years ago, CT launched the Global Gospel Project, a multimedia initiative exploring the fundamental truths of Christianity. In the magazine, we framed doctrines in terms of how they arise from thinking about the three persons of the Trinity—year one, doctrines related to Jesus, year two the Father, year three the Holy Spirit. The project continues online, exploring teachings that connect to the Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, we’ve undertaken a new venture in print: “Re-word.” This will allow us to include more biblical exposition in our pages with articles that combine personal narrative and commentary from respected teachers and scholars. The series will not only unpack the riches of Scripture, but also show how biblical truth renews our lives. —The Editors

On a beautiful May morning in 1973, my Christian life took a decisive turn. I had converted to Christianity 18 months before, in the fall of 1971. I had been an aggressive atheist, utterly convinced of the godless worldview. Yet in my first term at Oxford University, I came to realize that Christianity was intellectually superior to my earlier atheism. Christianity simply made sense of life in a way that atheism did not.

Yet a year or so into my Christian life, all was not well. I tended to think of faith as a set of ideas only. Sure, I loved God with all my mind. But what about my heart? And my imagination? I sensed I was standing on the threshold of something enormously rich and satisfying, but I saw it only from a distance, uncertain of whether I could ever grasp it. Like Moses on Mount Nebo, I was glimpsing something that seemed beyond my reach. I knew I had to break free from the cold rationalism of my ...

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