This compact, accessible and thoughtful book has been written for those who are deeply questioning Christianity.
Preston Ulmer argues that all Christians need to examine their beliefs and practices, asking whether they accurately reflect the teachings and actions of Jesus. His aim is to equip us to be more compassionate towards those who turn their back on religion.
Ulmer writes for an American evangelical audience and addresses specific areas of tension such as politics, creation theology and purity culture. But where the shoe fits, British readers should wear it.
Ulmer rightly reacts against the rigid thinking that always needs to win the argument at the expense of the other side. In doing so, though, he occasionally sets up a false either/or choice between doctrine and love. His arguments focus on the Gospels alone, but a truly biblical deconstruction requires a broader and deeper engagement with scripture as a whole.