At the beginning of the series I shared a concern I’ve often heard from skeptics: “Why should I seriously consider Christian truth-claims when Christendom is so deeply divided?”
In the first three installments of this series I outlined three points in response to the challenge that Christian disunity invalidates the faith’s truth-claims. While I agree that disunity does exist and, to some degree, hurts believers’ witness to the world, I argue that the subject warrants closer inspection than many critics (especially skeptics) give it.
In the first two installments of this series I discussed the essential beliefs, values, and world-and-life view encapsulated by the Christian faith and the positive features of denominationalism, respectively.
In the first installment of this series I pointed out that while disunity among believers is a problem, many (especially skeptics) fail to appreciate the tremendous unity among historic Christians. The Christian faith encapsulates a defining and shared set of beliefs, values, and a broad world-and-life view. In these three critical areas, the faith holds a robust unity.
I once heard a skeptic ask: Why should I seriously consider Christian truth-claims when Christendom is so deeply divided? There is some painful truth in this question. Christian disunity does, at times, hurt the church’s witness to a nonbelieving world (John 13:34–35). For the next several weeks I will offer five points in response to this important challenge. Here I’ll…