Cornell writes in response to the widespread skepticism he's encountered in his long years as religion specialist for the Associated Press. It's old-time apologetics but with a new twist. For his reporting has made him especially aware of the things moderns find hard to swallow, and he's skilled at popular communication. Quotes and capsules of current theology mesh with his own populist account to show how ""believing all that stuff"" might be significant and legitimate. Rather than devise a personal system, he culls suggestions from widely varied standpoints on how sophisticated moderns might authentically affirm key elements of Christian faith (God's existence, his incarnation in Jesus, the resurrection, life after death, etc.). Unwittingly perhaps, the presentation follows the movement of traditional apologetics, exhibiting first the natural pointers to God and then the credibility of the biblical witness to God's self-revelation climaxing in Jesus. Inaccuracies and oversimplifications aside, he succeeds in disclosing some new vistas to lay believer and doubter alike.