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In Search of Unknown Gods

Evangelism is traditionally depicted as Christians grappling with the faith of their contemporaries in order to share the good news of Jesus with them. Yet today many of us find such grappling hard because there seems to be nothing there firm enough to grapple with. What our friends believe is not fixed, certain or even explicit; they affirm everything and deny nothing. Grappling with something so vague is like grasping water; it flows through your fingers. How can you share the faith amongst those who do not seem to have a faith?

Christians who turn to their Bibles for help here can feel curiously frustrated. Evangelism in the New Testament was carried out in the presence of overt, firmly held and very solid religious beliefs made visible in shrines, temples and idols. It is all so very different. Yet, in the account in Acts 17 of Paul’s visit to Athens, we are given a brief glimpse of a culture that resembles our own. There too, we see a multi-faith world where skepticism occurred alongside credulity and philosophy coexisted with superstition. . . .

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J. John Evangelist

J. John

J. John, Evangelist, (Rev’d Canon) has been an evangelist for 40 years. J. John has a Lambeth M.A. and is an Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral. He has spoken at conferences, universities and in towns and cities across 69 countries on 6 continents. This has included 36 series of Just10, re-examining the Ten Commandments. In 2017 he launched JustOne at the Arsenal Emirates Stadium in London, and JustOne events are conducted throughout the UK. He has written several books across a range of subjects including the Theology For Little People series to help children understand biblical truth.

 

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