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Book review: Evangelism in a Skeptical World by Sam Chan

Book review: Evangelism in a Skeptical World by Sam Chan

Book review: Evangelism in a Skeptical World by Sam Chan

24 August 2019

Sam Chan’s passion is teaching Christians how to share the Gospel with non-believers in modern Australia.

Reviewed by Mal Davies

Sam Chan is a Sydney-based evangelist and academic who excels in discussing apologetics, storytelling, post-modern ethics and evangelism in a post-Christian culture.

His passion is teaching Christians how to share the Gospel with non-believers in modern Australia.

This book bases itself on the premise that the Gospel needs to be presented in new and relevant ways because, quite simply, the world has changed and it’s not 1950 or even 2000 anymore.

However, even for those who love evangelism this will be a challenging book to read, especially when he moves into discussing ‘religious epistemology’, ‘gospel-cultural hermeneutics’ and ‘changing our pedagogy’.

For some, his analysis of the structure and presentation of good Gospel presentations will just be too complex and distracting: I’m not sure that all readers will want to study ‘sets of coherent biblical metaphors’ or come to grips with the W-Spectrum for cross-cultural evangelism.

I’m not saying he’s wrong and I’m not saying it’s not helpful advice, I’m simply saying that the book dives deeper into the strategy and theology of evangelism than, possibly, anything you’ve read before, and you need to be prepared for how deeply you’ll dive here. The book is not just about how to draw a diagram of the four spiritual laws on a serviette.

A well-meaning and well-written book for those prepared to wade through it, especially since it received Christianity Today’s 2019 Book Award for Apologetics and Evangelism.

Available now at Koorong.com.

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