Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics, by Joe Coffey
- How do you know God exists?
- How can you be sure the Bible is authentic and true?
- If God exists, why is there evil and suffering?
- Doesn’t science disprove the Bible?
- Aren’t all religions the same?
- How can you be sure the claims of Christ are true?
This book was written for two reasons:
First, too many people think believing in Christianity means blind faith, against all evidence, the way a child believes in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Second, every few years a new book intended to undermine Christianity becomes a best seller and shakes the faith of many. Yet the arguments in these books are rarely compelling.
Jesus likened faith in God to a house built on a foundation. If built on sand, storms of doubt will tear the house apart. But if we build on a solid foundation, we will stand. In these pages, Joe Coffey inspects our foundation — so we can know why we believe, and so we can speak of our faith to others with greater confidence and clarity.
The conclusion? The Christian faith is built on a tremendous amount of credible evidence. You don’t need to be a scientist, an historian, an archeologist, or a philosopher to understand why belief in Jesus makes perfect sense.
Think of the last time an unbeliever asked you a seemingly unanswerable question as a way of supporting their unbelief. Did you feel thwarted in your attempt to “give an account for the hope that is in you”? Smooth Stones answers the six questions listed above, some of the toughest apologetics questions a Christian can face, and Joe Coffey writes in a style that is clear, winsome, and compelling.
There is plenty of evidence to support the claims of Christianity. Smooth Stones puts much of that evidence at your fingertips and offers practical guidelines for how to unpack it in ways that are “gentle and reverent.”
Joe Coffey is senior pastor of the multi-campus Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, Ohio, and co-author (with Bob Bevington) of Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace. He holds a D.Min. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, where his dissertation was in apologetic studies.
“An excellent resource for Christians and non-Christians alike who are seeking the Truth.”
“What a thrill for me to see Joe Coffey, a graduate of our first Centurions Program class, apply the biblical worldview principles we teach at BreakPoint and the Colson Center. In this marvelous little book, Smooth Stones, Joe simply and succinctly lays out the tenets of the Christian faith within the context of the four key life and worldview questions. This is an excellent resource for Christians and non-Christians alike who are seeking the Truth.”
—Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.
“Most books on apologetics are too long, too deep, and too complicated. This book has none of these defects. Like its title, it is like a smooth stone from David’s apologetic sling directed right to the mind.”
—Norman L. Geisler,Distinguished Professor of Apologetics, Veritas Evangelical Seminary,
To a significant degree, street-level apologetics is doctrine-agnostic. That is, if you believe that the Bible is true, and that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the only means to salvation, then, if you are in a conversation about the reliability of the Bible, or whether science disproves the existence of God, or the question of evil and suffering, you can still have a very helpful and important conversation even if you don’t fully embrace, for example, the five points of Calvinism. (Surely we want Christians with whom we may not agree on every point of doctrine to be verbal witnesses to Christ, don’t we?)
This is why we are thrilled to have as endorsers of this book two Christian men with whom some in the Reformed community, perhaps many, would have no small doctrinal disagreements. But these guys know good solid, street-level apologetics when they see it, and they like what Joe has written in Smooth Stones. We think that’s high praise, and given the purpose and focus of this particular book, we are grateful for their approval.
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