True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World
David Skeel, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Although the twentieth century saw several landmark contributions to Christian apologetics, including C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, these Christian classics have lost some of their effectiveness in an era when America is more pluralistic than ever before and many Americans imagine that science has explained or will soon explain all of the mysteries of life. Many Americans doubt that a two-thousand year old religion can possibly make sense of the complexities of the contemporary world. Professor Skeel argued that this perception gets things precisely backwards. Christianity actually offers better explanations than materialism or other perspectives for many of the most important puzzles of our existence, such our idea-making capacity, our perceptions of beauty and suffering, and our repeated optimism that we can create a truly just social order and repeated failure to do so.