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“Conscience Concerns Command Critical Comparisons!”

Ramesh C. Reddy

Publisher: Crossway (2016)

Authors: Andrew David Naselli & J.D. Crowley

 ISBN:  9781433550744

LoC Classification: BJ1278.C66.N37 2015

LoC Control Number: 2015013003

Dewey: 241/.1
No. Pages: 160


What comes to your mind when you think about the word ‘conscience’?

Do you think you can train your conscience to believe differently than you originally believed in something?

Is conscience another way of just believing in relativism?

Relativism is the doctrine that no ideas or beliefs are universally true but that all are, instead, “relative” — that is, their validity depends on the circumstances in which they are applied.

Or is conscience more in line with absolutism?

Absolutism is any theory which holds that truth or moral or aesthetic value is absolute and universal and not relative to individual or social differences.

Are you able to love those whose conscience differs from yours?

With examples from their own lives and others, authors Andrew David Naselli & J.D. Crowley explore conscience making you think whether conscience falls under relativism or absolutism.

It is an exciting read of 160 pages that dwells into the heart of conscience! 

Where did it come from?

What should we do with it?

How do we train it?

Can a conscience be calibrated like a thermometer?

But most importantly their hope is to make people get along when their consciences disagree whether it is because of Christocentric or cultural views.

Is it possible to get along with people who don’t hold to your views on different issues?

What if a person believes it is okay to eat food offered to idols but another person believes it is never okay to eat food offered to idols?

What if a person believes in their conscience that President Trump is so wrong but another person believes Trump is so right?

What if a person believes everyone has to be Pro-Life and being Pro-Choice is akin to being a murderer?

What if a person believes it is okay for a woman to expose her breasts in public but not her thighs but another person believes it is not okay for a woman to expose her breasts in public but okay to expose her thighs in public?

What if a person believes it is okay to choose a friend over a family member but another person believes it is never okay to choose a friend over a family member?

What if a person believes it is okay to believe in evolution and still be a Christian while another person believes you cannot be a Christian and believe in evolution?

Will a book on conscience help with these kinds of questions?

Will this book give you answers or more questions?

You have to read to find out. 

This book is a must read for parents to understand their children and vice versa, friends to understand their friends, pastors to understand congregation members and vice versa, relativists to understand absolutists and vice versa, but most of all what does the Word of God have to say about conscience and it's workings.

One thing I can tell you is that once you pick up the book you won’t want to put it down until you finish it!

Beware though if you are reading this book with the expectation of getting along with people you disagree with, this book may or may not help you. Your head may agree with what is written but not your heart or your heart may agree with what is written but not your head.

For those of you whose heart and head agree after reading this book, your time would be worth it because you agree with what the authors are writing. If you don’t agree with the authors, you may wonder if reading the book was a waste of time! However, you won’t know unless you pick up the book and read it. It is a very easy read that can be finished in less than 3 hours.  

For critical thinking and analysis, pick up your book of ‘Conscience: What it is, How to train it, and Loving those who differ!’ by Andrew David Naselli & J.D. Crowley.

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