Just Whatever: How to Help the Spiritually Indifferent Find Beliefs that Really Matter
What difference does it make?
Sharing the Faith used to make some people mad because it challenged and clashed with their own strong beliefs. Today it makes a lot of people yawn—because they don’t have strong beliefs about anything.
Catholic Apologist Matt Nelson says this religious indifference is the great spiritual sickness of our age—a product of the relativism that dominates modern culture.
If you find fulfillment in your faith or lifestyle, great, the idea goes; but that doesn’t mean it’s true for me or anyone else.
The consequences of this mentality are all around us: a neglect of truth, apathy towards the important questions in the universe, and—since we’re designed to be fulfilled by God, not idle pleasures—widespread unhappiness.
In Just Whatever, Matt takes down the building blocks of religious indifference one by one. He looks at the three different kinds you tend to encounter in your friends and family members—and maybe in yourself!—to see where they come from and why they’re seductive.
In their place he offers a compelling vision of a world in which it matters what you believe, who you worship, and where authentic truth and authority reside. And he helps you present that vision to others with clarity and love.
"I've engaged lots of atheists over the years but in my experience, the spiritually indifferent outnumber them at least five to one. And that latter group is much harder to evangelize. Most atheists at least care about the God question. But how do you make inroads with someone who isn't at all interested in religious matters? It's a vexing question, but now we have our desperately needed guide. Matt Nelson's book shows how to awaken interest in even the most spiritually lethargic person and guide them to the Big Questions of life. This is Pascal's Pensées for the twenty-first century!" - Brandon Vogt, founder of ClaritasU and author of Why I Am Catholic (And You Should Be Too)
"In today's highly secularized society where religion does not seem to matter, it is easy for Christians to feel overwhelmed and be led into thinking they do not have answers to the countless objections people have toward the Church. Matt’s clear and simple explanation of the good reasons for our faith will provide readers with well thought out responses." - Andre Regnier, Founder of Catholic Christian Outreach Canada
“Many of us have converted to the Catholic Church; others were born into the Catholic faith and accepted it without question. But as time passes and the world entangles us the fervor can wane for the convert and the certainty can dissipate for the cradle Catholic. What is the spiritual medicine for these ailments? Matt Nelson’s new book Just Whatever is the doctor’s prescription. Read this book, learn from an experienced fellow pilgrim and get back on track, fervent for the Truth.”
- Steve Ray, Catholic apologist and author of Crossing the Tiber
"Who cares?" That question has become the mantra of a cynical generation of people who call themselves seekers, but rarely seek beyond the mirror. Matt Nelson has the antidote to all the apathy with Just Whatever, an intellectual stampede through an eclectic array of sources. If you want a practically irresistible set of motives for caring about the claims of Christ and the Church, look no farther. - Patrick Coffin, Host, The Patrick Coffin Show
"Indifference is much harder to address than anger. The angry atheist shares at least one belief with the Christian apologist: that the issues we raise are important. But how do we reach the person who doesn't care or thinks the answers don't matter? Apologists today must be prepared to start before square one, showing that the questions about God, Jesus, and the Church are meaningful and important - so that it becomes worthwhile to find out if they are true. Matt Nelson takes on this challenge in Just Whatever, presenting key arguments for the existence of God, the divinity of Jesus, and the truth of the Catholic Church in a way that addresses the context of pervasive indifferentism in our culture. This book, drawing on philosophical, historical, theological, and literary texts, and written in an engaging and accessible style, will be a valuable addition to the bookshelves of the Catholic apologist." - Dr Holly Ordway, author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith
Softcover, 208 pages
I bought this book recently and have been reading through it. It's a very good book and it's written in a style that's fun to read and easy to comprehend. In Just Whatever, Matt Nelson looks at the reasons to believe Catholic Truths - first about God, then Jesus, and finally the Catholic Church. It has a lot of good information to help you dialogue with those who disagree or are not sure what to believe. One thing I should note is that the subtitle of this book can be a tiny bit misleading. Although evangelizing those who are spiritually indifferent is a big theme of this book, most of it focuses on apologetic arguments for God, Jesus, and the Catholic Church - rather than specific advice or anecdotes about how to dialogue with these people. However this is not a bad thing, and I found all of the apologetic content to be very useful and interesting. Overall, I believe this book will help you to strengthen your arguments for your Faith and more effectively reach out to those who are indifferent.
This text is the full version of what Matt Nelson contributed to a Word on Fire lesson series last year. Matt is a clear, concise, and exceptionally relevant thinker, and it comes through in this book,.