“How could a good God allow so much suffering? “Why should I believe heaven and hell exist?” “Why do you condemn homosexuals?” “Why trust the Bible? It’s full of myths.” “Why are Christians so judgmental?” “Sure, Jesus was a good man. Why make him into the Son of God, too?” “Didn’t evolution put God out of a job?” “Why are Christians so obsessed with abortion?” “What makes you so sure God even exists?” “Christians are hypocrites—so why should I listen to you?” Are there questions you dread being asked? Maybe you dread asking them even of yourself. They’re the ones on subjects such as hell, homosexuality, or suffering. Through a national poll conducted by The Barna Group, Mark Mittelberg uncovered the questions Christians most fear being asked. Complete with discussion questions, Mark’s book will help you meet today’s hot-button issues head on.
This book is fantastic! I’m a Bible teacher, and even I fear being asked some of these questions. Yet Mark has provided solid answers to help us respond to the real questions people are asking.
by Sean McDowell, coauthor of More Than a Carpenter
2011 Retailers Choice Award winner! “Why are Christians against same-sex people getting married? . . . Why do you believe God exists at all? . . . Why would God allow evil and suffering? . . . Why trust the Bible when it’s full of mistakes? . . . How could a loving God send people to hell? . . . What makes you think Jesus was more than just a good teacher? . . . Why are Christians so judgmental?” Some questions can stop a conversation. Today, more than ever, people are raising difficult, penetrating questions about faith, God, and the Bible. Based on an exclusive new Barna survey of 1,000 Christians, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask presents compelling, easy-to-grasp answers to ten of the most troubling questions facing Christians today. These include everything from the existence of heaven to the issues of abortion and homosexuality, as well as the question of whether evolution eliminates our need for a God.
I have been a christian for quite a long time, and going through Bible College, I have taken courses in Apologetics (the discipline of defending see wikipedia. As I read through this book I found it to be much more then just Answers to Tough Questions. Mark Mittelberg does a great job going through the question and answering the question from a couple different angles. He isn't satisfied by giving pat answers but goes into detail about each individual question. The nice thing about the book is that at no point does it sound preachy or pushy. He carefully goes into details that make sense, and are easy to help someone be able to express these answers to friends or family members that may have these same questions. One thing that I found when I started college was that I understood and believed key ideas and doctrines of Christianity, but I really didn't know how to defend or explain my beliefs. If I grew up in a Christian family, would this be much different for other Christians who don't have the opportunity to go to a Christian University to learn more about this? I think this book is a great resource for people who have family and friends who have questions, or for those who work or live in an environment to where questions may come up. Each chapter also includes discussion points to discuss with a group, so this can be a great resource for small groups to discuss and learn together. It did take me a while to read through this book, sometimes the explanations and discussions were a bit complicated. I did enjoy that as I love to think in different ways, I just needed to take a break every once and a while. It is good that is broken into sections on different questions so really you wouldn't need to read the whole book in order if you wanted to start with a specific question you need some answers to. ------------------------------------- *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product mentioned above for free from Tyndale House Publishers in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: â€œGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising