In this first video "Conversation," Philip Yancey, popular evangelical Christian journalist and author, discusses the inspiration behind his new book What Good is God?
Yancey explains that his book arose from the many interesting circumstances he's found himself in throughout his travels as a writer.
In the second he talks to Ruth Dickinson, deputy editor of Christianity magazine, about escaping a toxic church and his journey back to faith.
Refreshingly he speaks about a serious issue with a sense of humour and there is a great quote from G.K.Chesterton too.
FULL INTERVIEW: www.premier.tv
Also on a similar theme I urge you to read this wonderful post from John Predmore S.J. at Ignatian Spirituality, Set The World Ablaze where he says this :
"Now is a good time for us to pause to examine what we know of Jesus. It might sound like a silly exercise, but we suffer from information-deficit-disorder.
Let us examine how we know what we know of Jesus. We may find our knowledge of him is not as secure as we would like. We have built up illusions about his identity.
Take for instance the many movies and plays about his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, or even of his nativity. These images of Jesus are often a product of a conflation of the four Gospels into one portrait. When we hold these conflated images, we lose the portrait of the man the Evangelist sought to portray.
These are four distinct stories that highlight a certain aspect of Jesus with an intended message for a specific audience.
Then we have the dilemma of reading accounts of his historical life decades after his death and resurrection. The authors transferred their experience of the Risen Lord onto the life of the historical man.
We lose the radical identity of the man when we perceive him as more God than man. In fact, those heretical views were condemned by the early church.
In many conversations with faithful churchgoers, a large majority still believe that Jesus possessed greater divine nature than human nature.
They conclude that Jesus had almost perfect knowledge of what would happen to him in his Passion. We've lost the man in our theological imagination.
Our faith is meaningful when we look at the historical man rather than the God-man.
We are to look at the real person because it is his life and teachings that drew so many to him. It was his human faith in God that saved us.
We are not saved because of our faith in him, but because of his utter fidelity to God - even a God he felt was absent in his greatest need.
He needed to be completely human to make his work possible.
Since he was steadfast to God, he gave us a way of life to emulate.
Because he was fully human, not partly God while being human, we place our hope in him. His nature and identity are quite a mystery to behold."...........................