The Myth of the Non-Christian
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...
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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.
Luke Cawley is a writer, speaker, trainer and the director of Chrysolis, an organization he helped start in 2012 with a vision to enable organizations and churches to better communicate the Jesus story. Luke has spent most of his adult life founding and developing missional communities on university campuses in Britain and Romania and is a regular speaker at conferences and outreach events around the world. An active writer and blogger, Luke has trained people at churches, parachurch organizations and universities to better engage those around them with the story of Jesus. He enjoys thoughtful
- 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.
- <strong>part I: Engaging Diverse Contexts</strong>
- 1. Flexibility2. Plausibility And Desirability3. Tangibility
- <strong>part Ii: Engaging The "spiritual But Not Religious"</strong>
- 4. The Temple In The Desert And The Mysterious Massage5. Does Christianity Enable A Richer Spirituality?6. Inviting Others Into An Experience Of Christian Spirituality
- <strong>part Iii: Engaging Atheists</strong>
- 7. Dawkins On A Bike (and Other Tales)8. Isn't Faith In God Irrational And Outdated?9. Creating Safe Spaces For Exploring Questions
- <strong>part Iv: Engaging Nominal Christians</strong>
- 10. The Pimp, The Planter And Their Friends11. Don't You Realize I've Been There And Done That?12. Communities That Facilitate Rediscovering Jesus
- Epilogue: Adventures With Ukrainian Comic Book Jesusappendix 1: Comparative Statistics For Canada And The United Kingdomappendix 2: Did God Command Genocide?appendix 3: Suggested Further Readingacknowledgmentsnotes