NEW YORK, May 31, 2012—Humans are a divided race. Differences in language, culture, historical context, religion, and ideology define life and the way it is experienced. In The Searchers, Dr. Joseph Loconte, Associate Professor of History at The King’s College, explores a thread of the human experience that unifies us all: the search for God.
Dr. Loconte describes The Searchers as “a layman’s effort to understand—in modern times—a remarkable conversation that occurred just days after the death of Jesus between two of his followers and a stranger who joins them on their journey.” The conversation to which Dr. Loconte refers is recorded in Luke 24:13-35, where two disciples, later joined by a third man, discuss what they have seen and heard.
“This ancient story,” Dr. Loconte says, “this quest for faith in a world gone mad with doubt, is really a modern story: sooner or later, we all enter the valley of grief, despair and disillusionment. Sooner or later, we all find ourselves among the searchers. What can we learn from their journey and their encounter?”
Dr. Loconte says he has two audiences in mind for the book. First, the fellow Christian who has a hard time seeing how the Scripture connects to everyday life. “I also hope to speak,” he says, “to the searchers among us, the honest skeptics, who have turned away from the organized church for a variety of reasons.”
In the video below, Dr. Loconte introduces The Searchers.
The Searchers will be available on Amazon.com on June 5th. In the lead-up to the release, Dr. Loconte will be speaking at Socrates in the City this Thursday (May 31) on “A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt.”
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christ-centered college located in New York City.