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The Christian faith is full of apparent paradoxes:

a compassionate God who sanctions genocide
an all-powerful God who allows horrific suffering
a God who owns everything yet demands so much from his followers
a God who is distant and yet present at the same time

Many of us have big questions that the Christian faith seems to leave unanswered. So we push them to the back of our
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Published March 13th 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Tom Sussex
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krish Kandiah fearlessly and unapologetically delves into the hardest passages, the hardest questions, and the hardest situations we face as Christians. For those who are doubting, confused, or just want to learn more about the character of God, this gospel focused book is a fantastic read.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Argues that the seeming contradictions that leave many questioning the truth of Christianity are actually the points where Christian faith comes alive and addresses the depths and complexities of our lives.

My hunch is that many of us are looking for an easy button when it comes to matters of faith. Ive heard people say, just give me the simple truth, the simple gospel. In one sense, they have a point. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in
Angus Mcfarlane
Apparently, Christianity wasn't meant to be simple and the paradoxes the bible confronts us with provide the path to wrestle with faith's challenges. I think the comment on simplicity is right, but I am not sure we are really dealing with paradoxes. Each chapter takes seemingly contradictory premises implied by biblical texts and works through what are familiar stories to describe and then resolve the 'paradox' the premises create.

I liked the use of modern, popular references, such as 'finding
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
An absolutely fantastic book on wrestling with Christianity's toughest paradoxes.

In a very easy-going, friendly tone, Kandiah co-explores with the reader the duos of truth that seem so 'au contraire' to each other, as revealed in 13 situations in the bible. Through each chapter Kandiah discusses the situation at hand, the truths in question and how somehow they exist in unison. Despite writing about some of the hardest aspects of God's character, I found the writing style extremely easy to
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Paradoxology is one of my favorite recent reads. The title sets the tone: Kandiah addresses difficult issues, but in a sometimes conversational tone. These are the troubling topics that we should be thinking through (rather than skipping over), and Kandiah does so without diving into overly academic work or becoming too breezy.

Not everything here's truly a paradox, but when there's something paradoxical, Kandiah works to show the value of faith in that tension, without skipping past the problems
A few weeks ago I was listening to a Christian talk radio show in which callers could ask biblical and theological questions. By and large, the answers were sound, except when they got into eschatology. But what troubled and saddened me was the profound ignorance of even basic biblical and theological matters on the part of the callers. This book is for them, and for people in simplistic evangelical and "prosperity" gospel" churches. Kandiah's aim in the book is to develop an "anti-fragile" ...more
Shannon Hugo
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to Merriam-Webster, a paradox is "a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true". Doxology, according to the same source, is "an expression of praise". Put them together and you have paradoxology. This book doesn't just make up a new word, but goes on to explain it's meaning: "the paradoxes that seem to undermine belief are actually the heart of our vibrant faith, that it is only by continually wrestling with them - rather than trying to ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book personally and actually used it in clinical sessions with clients. I am finding more and more individuals expressing a cognitive dissonance in their Christianity. This book meets us there with the hard questions, painful experiences, and seemingly impossible paradoxes. But this book is good. And its honest. The chapters are based on different biblical paradoxes (ie. The Abraham Paradox: The God Who needs nothing yet asks for Everything). If moral/emotional contradictions ...more
Jason Wilson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent treatment of its subject . Solid stuff
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A really interesting look at some of the most difficult bits of the Bible. I particularly like the way Kandiah encourages the reader to question and points out how many key Bible people asked difficult questions rather than ignoring the passages that make us feel uncomfortable.
Lee Bertsch
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw some of the subtitles to the chapters, I was immediately drawn to this book. E.g. "The God who is actively inactive" and "The God who speaks silently". The author does enough analyzing and explaining to make clear that the parallel truths in scripture do not lead one to conclude that things are absurd. But in the end he lets paradoxes be, well, paradoxical, all the while helping to make them realities that we can not only live with, but also find at times to be elegant.
Josh Davis
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was G.K. Chesterton who defined paradox as "truth standing on its head to gain attention." Chesterton was a firm believer that Christianity is full of paradoxes. In the book Paradoxology (clever title, by the way), Krish Kandiah doesn't shy away from the difficult questions of the Christian faith, but tackles them head on, assuring us that in the process we will grow to know God deeper and better.

I really appreciated how Kandiah grapples with the paradoxes of faith that show us the heart of
Susan Barnes
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah. He takes the approach that Christianity is not simple as it is often portrayed to be. "Just believe" we are told but if we are too afraid to wrestle with the paradoxes of Christianity for fear our faith isn't robust enough to cope with close examination, than our spiritual lives will be very shallow.

Kandiah works his way through the Bible pointing out thirteen paradoxes. He discusses each one using a different Bible character or group of people:
Luke Paulsen
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two really great compliments that I can give to Paradoxology. The first, and more obvious, is that its title is the cleverest of any book I've ever read-- a fusion of "paradox" and "doxology" that makes just as much sense in Greek roots as in English. The second compliment is that nothing about the book felt difficult or groundbreaking or unfamiliar. Kandiah's stated project is to avoid easy answers and seek an understanding of Christianity that comes through embracing paradox. But as ...more
Aogu Fujihashi
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Krish Kandiah takes on some of the greatest apparent contradictions of the Christian faith with simultaneous sensitivity and clarity.

The first section of this book, which covers the Old Testament, mostly deals with issues inherent to theology proper (e.g., "Is God immanent or transcendent?"). Each chapter gives a compelling presentation of the traditional evangelical position on a different doctrine. While I did not find myself disagreeing with any of the assertions made, these chapters
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant and invaluable book exploring how Christianity's multiple paradoxes (and there are many!) can build up, rather than be detrimental, to our faith. Wholly accessible without compromising theological depth. The chapter subtitles alone (e.g. 'The God who is consistently unpredictable', 'The God who is indiscriminately selective', 'The God who determines our free will') reveal that Krish Kandiah isn't afraid to tackle controversial issues head-on - and he does it with a surprising degree ...more
Andy Smith
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An accessible but highly-informed insight into some of the darker corners of Christianity where Christians often fear to tread. The strapline on the cover "Why Christianity was never meant to be simple" is appropriate and a truth that is often forgotten or even wilfully obscured. The content is challenging but important. Recommended.
Philip Taylor
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superb book on the major paradoxes in Scripture. I would recommend this to all Christians as a model of how to honestly deal with hard issues. It is written in a very engaging style with plenty of clarifying illustrations.
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite thing about this book is that it brings paradox (i.e. apparent contradictions, tensions of meaning and experience) to the front of discussions about belief.

I love a bit of paradox - especially intellectually... existentially it can lead to no end of frustration and even angst... so, if we can, we sit with it and wait to see what fruit it might yield.

Paradox can function in a couple of ways (which, incidentally are, at least at certain points, paradoxical). Firstly, paradoxes invite
Thea Smith
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paradoxology is not the easiest book to read because it forces us to look at some big questions that have the potential to rock your faith a little. This book starts to unpack those questions many Bible believers have struggled with over years. Wikipedia says A paradox is a statement that, despite apparently valid reasoning from true premises, leads to an apparently-self-contradictory or logically unacceptable conclusion So right away you know a book that combines paradox and theology isnt going ...more
Jonathan Markham
Our Christian faith presents us with so many paradoxes and the temptation is to either ignore them and be accused of blind faith or to allow them to undermine or even eliminate our confidence in our Heavenly Father. The author allows us rather to wrestle with them and let the uncertainty give us a sense of excitement for the time when all will be revealed. In reality the existence of these paradoxes is evidence that we serve a God who is so far beyond anything our finite minds can encompass and ...more
David Potter
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

At last, a Christian book that can set the messiness of life firmly in the reality of God's purpose. We drift so far from Scripture that we try to use it as a magic potion for our troubles when it is intended to provide steel for our faith rather than cotton wool. The idea that God may actually intend our pain or suffering does not sit easily with much contemporary spirituality but it is the only explanation for the lives of so many Bible characters. This is a lively exploration of
Cat Caird
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for those asking questions about the Christian faith, whether you are someone just interested in what we believe or you are a believer yourself. We all have these questions at some point in our lives and this book opens up a way to explore, poke, examine and hold up those paradoxes that make our head ache while revealing to us the awe and wonder of the Christian faith.
Stephen C. Mitchell
Deep thoughts that dive into your soul

This book faces head on many of the questions many Christians have but are afraid to ask. But Kandiah shows how the most difficult aspects of God's character are what can drive is into deeper, meaningful relationship with Him. A great book that makes you think about God's true character. Really Great Book.
Adam Eveleigh
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helped me to realize that, to a lot of hard questions about Christianity, there's no _easy_ answers, but that we can believe anyway, in the light of what we know. I've learnt from this book that I should not be afraid to ask tough questions and worship God with all my mind!
Jonathan Roberts
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017
Very good book! Learning to live with the paradox when it comes to God is a good understanding to have, this book addresses many of them in a very accessible way, at times it can be a bit wordy, but a very quality book! Recommended
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. It deals with many questions that many of us are too afraid to ask in the public. Highly recommended to those who are prepared to deal with these paradoxes in our Christian walk.
Elise Parish
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not light reading, but worth every hour you invest. This book made me so excited about my faith!
Stephen Boutry
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book did not live up to what I was expecting. I am not sure the author ever really gets into the subtitle - why christianity was never meant to be simple. To be sure some chapters I really learned a lot - thinking of the discussion about transcendence vs immanence. Disappointed by the discussion of Abraham - to me he did not dig into the key question is God moral or not? Also not all topics are paradoxes but are questions we have. The topics n Jesus I thought had better discussion in ...more
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Krish is the founding director of Home For Good, a young charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children by finding loving homes for children in the care system. He is an advocate for fostering and adoption. He has written 13 books including the catalytic "Home for Good: Making a Difference for Vulnerable Children"and the award winning "Paradoxology" and now his ...more

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