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Both–AndUnderstanding Apparent Contradictions in Christianity


Understanding Apparent Contradictions in Christianity

Ross Cunningham
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Both–And is an insightful, creative, clarifying book that helps us think through the theological tensions that arise when we study the Bible. The illustrations and biblically grounded explanations memorably communicate these tensions so that we understand better both the complexity and simplicity of the big ideas of theology. I’m thankful for this excellent resource and expect that it will be of great help to those wanting to understand the answers to life’s biggest questions.

Erik Thoennes, Professor and Chair of Theology, Talbot School of Theology and Pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church of La Mirada, California

Ross Cunningham’s fresh and engaging exposition of Christian faith and life addresses such questions and many more, in a way that is both intellectually satisfying and pastorally helpful. I commend the book warmly.

Gordon McConville, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Theology, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

The combination of word and visual aid will help make difficult but essential Christian teachings more accessible to all. This book promotes a theology of balance, which is often lacking in our teaching today but is central to our Christian walk.

Ivan Steen, Minister, Windsor Presbyterian Church, Belfast

… writes with clarity and conciseness that renders accessible the complexity of doctrine without compromising on difficult truths. I heartily commend it to you.

Cynthia Bennett Brown, Lecturer in Systematic & Historical Theology, Belfast Bible College

In this fresh and accessible book, Ross Cunningham addresses these antimonies of Christian faith and experience with clarity and faithfulness to the witness of scripture. What is particularly valuable is his use of visual imagery to highlight each area of tension. This is a primer in Christian theology and a valuable resource for both personal and group reflection.

Trevor W. J. Morrow, Minister Emeritus, Lucan Presbyterian Church, Ireland

God knows the human mind can’t contain the fullness of truth so God grants to us a series of both–ands. The dearth of theology among so many is addressed in this short, snappy book that examines baskets of these tension points in our faith and it examines them fairly, clearly, and sensitively. What a wonderful idea for an introduction to Christian theology!

Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary, Lisle, Illinois

By wrestling with the rich and complex doctrines at the heart of the Christian Scriptures, and pressing into some of the apparent contradictions therein, he has discovered truth and beauty and goodness, which he shares in abundance in this book. This is a colourful and creatively presented introduction to profound theological truth that will stimulate both mind and heart.

Reuben Hunter, Pastor, Trinity West Church, London

Both–And is clever, creative and clear.  What a great way to learn theology! I loved the format which avoids being gimmicky whilst at the same time clearly drawing attention to the truths it illustrates. Most Christians will benefit from reading Ross Cunningham’s wee book – and a lot of non–Christians too. Taste and see…

David Robertson, Well–known pastor and apologist

… leads us with skilful poise on an exciting tightrope walk through twenty–three paradoxes of Christian theology and experience. He helps us find equilibrium in areas where sometimes we can very easily lose our balance.

Fergus Macdonald, Former Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and General Secretary of the National Bible Society of Scotland

This book is a fantastic platform to systematically explore the vital issues of belief for those who are keen to gain depth in their understanding. It is a great teaching resource for small group settings, or an informal catalyst for conversations.

David Gray, Presbyterian Chaplain, Queen’s University, Belfast

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