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Christianity at its Best

Posted on 20 March 2013 Gavin Glenn

Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who
asks you the reason for the hope that is in you.

(1Peter 3:15)

At its best Christianity is filled with hope. It is positive and attractive and relevant to life. This book is about Christianity at its best. It offers an account of what Christians believe and what is the heart of their belief. It offers an account of how Christians are to live from that hope.

The book's exploration is carried out in a questioning spirit. Often, Christianity does not appear at its best, because Christians them­selves can get Christianity wrong. There are ways of thinking about it that are outdated. There are ways of practising it that obscure the core of what it is all about. So there is a sense in which Christianity needs to reconnect with its own soul.

The book may appeal to people who are interested in things spiri­tual but who are not connected to 'church'. They may find here an informative and attractive presentation of what Christianity is all about. And it may appeal to church-goers, including those who sense a gap between Christianity and church. They may find here a refreshing and stimulating account of what it is that they believe. They too may find that there is more to Christianity than they had thought.

Donal Harrington is the author of Exploring Eucharist and of The Welcom­ing Parish (both by Columba Press). He works as a consultant and does pastoral resource work with parishes and dioceses. He teaches theology at All Hallows, a college of Dublin City University.

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