The Myth of the Non-Christian

The Myth of the Non-Christian : Engaging Atheists, Nominal Christians and the Spiritual But Not Religious

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There's no such thing as a non-Christian.
Somebody might self-identify as spiritual but not religious. Or they might be a practicing Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim. Or they might call themselves an atheist, freethinker or agnostic. But the one thing that people never describe themselves as is a "non-Christian." So Christians who want to "reach non-Christians" need to realize that they're not all the same. Evangelism is not one-size-fits-all.
Luke Cawley shows how Christians can contextualize the gospel in different ways to connect with different kinds of people. Here he unpacks the religious identities of three key demographics: the spiritual but not religious, committed atheists and nominal Christians. Each group has particular characteristics and requires specific approaches and practices to make the Christian faith plausible, desirable and tangible to them.
Filled with real-life stories of changed lives, this book is a practical and hopeful resource for helping people to encounter God.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 15mm | 272g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 0830844503
  • 9780830844500
  • 709,124

Table of contents

Part I: Engaging Diverse Contexts

1. Flexibility

2. Plausibility and Desirability

3. Tangibility

Part II: Engaging the Spiritual but Not Religious

4. The Temple in the Desert and the Mysterious Massage

5. Does Christianity Enable A Richer Spirituality?

6. Inviting Others into an Experience of Christian Spirituality

Part III: Engaging Atheists

7. Dawkins on a Bike (and Other Tales)

8. Isn't Faith in God Irrational and Outdated?

9. Creating Safe Spaces for Exploring Questions

Part IV: Engaging Nominal Christians

10. The Pimp, the Planter and Their Friends

11. Don't You Realize I've Been There and Done That?

12. Communities That Facilitate Rediscovering Jesus

Epilogue: Adventures with Ukrainian Comic Book Jesus

Appendix 1: Comparative Statistics for Canada and the United Kingdom

Appendix 2: Did God Command Genocide?

Appendix 3: Suggested Further Reading



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Real-life encounters, provocative sidebars, and questions at chapters' end help readers further interact with the book. The New Atheists and approaching nominal Christians are also considered. Recommended to anyone wanting to more effectively share the Gospel.--Gerald Wisz, CBA Retailers+Resources, March 16, 2016
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About Luke Cawley

Luke Cawley is the director and cofounder of Chrysolis, a UK-based ministry that helps organizations and churches better communicate the Jesus story. He developed missional communities on university campuses in Britain and Romania and is a regular speaker at conferences and outreach events around the world.
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