Eric Metaxas has a short article about Larry Taunton’s book The Grace Effect. I recommend it to you.
Making the Case with Our Lives
Debating the New Atheists, such as the late Christopher Hitchens, can be intellectually stimulating. Hitchens, of course, wrote the awful book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.”
Hitchens’s claim notwithstanding, it’s fairly easy to trace Christianity’s benefits to society throughout the ages: the creation of hospitals, universities, soup kitchens, and orphanages without number, not to mention major contributions to art, literature, and science. Recounting these historical facts never gets old.
But in his new book, “The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief,” my friend Larry Taunton shows us that the best arguments against secular atheism and for Christianity are not made in the ivory tower; they’re made at street level in every day life. Larry calls it the “grace effect.”
The “grace effect,” he explains, is what happens when the values and worldview of the Christian faith seep down into the roots of a culture, eventually bearing fruit that refreshes us all, even those individuals who choose not to believe.
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For further reading, the current issue of Salvo includes an interview with Eric Metaxas by Marcia Segelstein, and it’s not currently available online but Terrell Clemmons has also reviewed Taunton’s book for this issue. If you’re interested in the story of Hitchens and Taunton, I found an interesting article on that too a while back and blogged about it.