John R.W. Stott. Why I Am A Christian. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, December 12th 2003. 140 pp.
The title of the book mimics atheist Bertrand Russell’s (in)famous essay, “Why I am not a Christian” which was also the title for Russell’s book that was a compilation of Russell’s other essays on religion and Christianity. Here in this book the author John Stott presents his reasons of why he is a Christian. This book is an adaptation of a four part series of lectures Stott has delivered concerning why he believes in Christianity which here is expanded into seven chapters.
I enjoyed this book especially when Stott is talking about Christ. Since Christianity is centered on the person and work of Christ of course it is reasonable for Stott to concentrate on Christ. This book is very Christ-centered and it reminded me of how amazing Christ was during His earthly ministry. The book was similar to Stott’s other work titled Basic Christianity which I also enjoyed especially for the book’s discussion of the character of Christ. I think there is something with Christ’s character that is self-evidencing of Himself as the Messiah.
I wished Stott was more epistemologically conscious in his book. To be fair there was at least one reference in the book to our current climate of postmodernity in the West. But I didn’t think he was necessarily writing this book with the epistemological challenges in mind. I also wished he explored the self-evidencing nature of Scripture as God’s revelation and the Scripture’s significance as the presuppositions for all of human life’s experience and rationality. I think this book is probably more useful not necessarily with a nonbeliever but a Christian who might need the reminder of why one follows Christ.