What book would you recommend to someone eager to learn more about Christianity, someone who is just coming alive to the faith and to the power of the community of faith—the church—and who is full of questions about these matters?
I would suggest Paul Tillich’s Dynamics of Faith. It packs the same punch as Tillich’s heavier tomes but at a more introductory level. Most college students are troubled by doubts, and for them Dynamics of Faith can be immensely helpful. Tillich shows that doubt is an essential component of genuine faith and makes a convincing case for the importance of the community of faith and for ritual and narrative. Faith cannot remain alive, he insists, without personal participation in the symbols of faith. Without those symbols and the community in which they live, faith would disappear and humanity’s “ultimate concerns would go into hiding.”