Chris Chrisman, a young Christian, goes to college only to have his world turned upside down. On campus he finds the challenges to his faith -- both intellectual and personal -- almost more than he can bear. Then he meets Bill Seipel and Bob Wong. Together, the three young men, two of them Christians and the other a self-styled atheist, forge a common bond in the quest for truth. In the process they confront some of the dominant ideologies of the secular university.
Weaving the story of Chris's first year on campus with separate expository chapters on such forces as individualism, pluralism, relativism and privitization, James Sire offers a helpful apologetic for those who are searching for truth in a postmodern world. He identifies no fewer than six types of relativism, from "All religions boil down to the same thing" and "It's true for you; it's not true for me" to "God does not exist; naturalism is true." Then in down-to-earth language Sire helps readers to think through these and other complex issues.
1. Chris Chrisman Goes to State
2. The Vortex of Modernity
3. Bob Wong Goes to State
4. Chris Chrisman Becomes a Student
5. Truth: A Mobile Army of Metaphors
6. Closing the Mind So Open That Everything Falls Out
7. Three's a Company
8. One's Enough
9. Four's a Community
10. Community amid Chaos
11. Bob Wong's Search for Jesus
12. In the Spring a Young Man's Fancy
13. The Public Face of Christian Faith
14. The Thinker Prays