We all have one life to live, and gradually realize that it passes quickly.
As adults we learn the value of living intelligently and intentionally. Yet most of us become swamped when we try to apply this approach to the big questions of life. The biosphere and humanity are highly complex, and the cosmos is breathtakingly vast.
WHAT IS TRUTH?
Can we rely on perspectives that were taught to us as facts? Does current mainstream science provide all the answers and worldview we need in order to live and thrive? Can it fully satisfy our desire for meaning?
This book begins with an examination of truth itself, and suggests ways we can improve our ability to discern truth from fiction. It then goes on to identify recent scientific discoveries that challenge conventional thinking, before exploring a number of other vital issues that touch on 'the meaning of life'.
Is It Time to Think Again? is both a roadmap and travel-guide for people who seek to explore the big questions of life. As a roadmap, it provides a useful structure that readers should find very helpful for approaching these complex subjects systematically, rather than becoming swamped by their shear breadth and complexity. As a travel-guide, it identifies many fascinating discoveries and topics that readers may wish to explore further themselves.
Because our understanding of origins greatly influences our answer to the question 'What is the meaning of life?', nearly half of the book is devoted to exploring this vital subject in breadth. It identifies many scientific discoveries over the last fifty years that challenge common perspectives, and visits key aspects of the evolution / intelligent design debate.
The second half of the book explores the implications if we are created, rather than are the product of colossal cosmic chance. It identifies two sets of writings from antiquity that stand head and shoulders above everything else, for being consistent with an entity who could create the cosmos and biosphere. The book then gives an overview of their characteristics and main themes, helping readers to assess whether, compiled together as the Bible, they form "the Maker's handbook" for humankind. It goes on to summarize what the Bible says about how we can find our way home to, and connect personally with, the one who made us.
The book is written in a fast-moving and stimulating style that conveys the sense that the author is a fellow traveller and explorer with the reader. At various points along the way, it asks penetrating questions that give readers plenty to ponder. It opens up topics for readers to think about for themselves, rather than forcing them to agree with the author.
Primarily, the book is written for those who are humbly asking whether God exists and want to think their way through this objectively, with an integrity that is willing to embrace what they discover. However, the book is also inspiring for existing Christians. Much of the content is very encouraging and stimulating, even for mature believers. And it provides plenty of material they can use in conversations with people who are eager for honest discussion on these topics.