Cynicism has become almost a cliché. It pervades the culture and defines the age–and threatens to derail faith. Andrew Byers identifies the primary factors in the church that inspire disillusionment rather than faith, but he goes beyond that to help struggling cynics channel their frustrations into the redemptive vocations found in the Bible: the prophet, the sage, the tragic poet. These all find their fulfillment in Jesus, and he in turn inspires cynics from the apostle Paul to you and me to embrace our saintly calling–hopeful realism.
After coming out of the closest as a Cynic, I have welcomed the label and prefer it to skeptic. I think that I need this book, as sometimes, disillusionment is all that I have. We’ll see.