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Your biggest questions about God and faith--answered.

This book provides short and to-the-point answers to pressing questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity, including

· What will heaven be like?
· Can a Christian be demon possessed?
· Do science and faith conflict?
· Is hell a real place?
· Is it possible to prove God exists?
· What is God like?
· What is my purpose in life?
· and many more.

If you want a clear introduction to the essential teachings of Christianity, look no further.


"This book is a rare treasure because it combines the scholar's mind and tough thinking with a pastor's heart, all written in an interesting and very accessible style."--J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; author of The Soul: How We Know It's Real and Why It Matters

"If you've ever wondered whether the Bible contains contradictions, or how science and faith can work together, or whether Jesus truly represents the only way to heaven, this book is for you. It is filled with practical, easily digestible answers to some of the most pressing questions about the Christian faith."--Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

"Seismic shifts in our culture over the past decade necessitate answers to questions we once took for granted. I'm so grateful for this theologically robust volume written in language readily understood by a broad audience."--Bryan Loritts, pastor for preaching and mission at Trinity Grace Church, New York City; author of An Indestructible Life

About the Author

Clinton E. Arnold is dean of Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. Prior to becoming dean, he was a professor in the New Testament department for twenty-five years. He is the author of many books, including 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare, and is the editor of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.

Jeff Arnold
is a high school English and logic teacher in Santa Ana, California. A former youth pastor, he is the creator of Unleashed, an intensive training camp for Christian high schoolers that equips them to share their faith. He also trains new believers in the basics of theology as part of a team at his local church.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801016665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801016660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clinton and Jeff Arnold set out to answer 50 of the most asked questions about Christianity in their book Short Answers to Big Questions about God, the Bible & Christianity. The book is further sectioned down by general topics, each covering 4-8 questions. The answers are generally short, ranging from 3-6 pages, and include scriptural references and personal narrative. However, the authors at the end of each question leave the reader with scriptural passages in support of their questions. This can be helpful for those wanting to look at the scriptural evidence to solidify their own views on the answer.

Each of the questions also has a section of questions for the reader to further reflect on the topic. Some of these are simple and merely prompt the reader to parrot back what the author had written on the subject. Others put the reader in a situation asking how they would respond which would reflect the readers opinion on the subject. The more helpful section is that if the readers would like to further study one of the topics, there are lists for further reading at the end of the book. This is a fairly decent book; good for those who are new to Christianity or those who have unanswered questions. I would also encourage people who decide to read this book to use additional supporting materials to get a broader view if the short answers turn out to be not enough.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.
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This is an excellent resource not only for those who are seeking the truths inside scripture but for new Christians as well. It is especially helpful for those of who want to share the gospel with those around us but have not had the privilege to attend seminary. This is an extremely easy to understand book covering, sometimes, difficult topics relating to Christianity, and has given me the tools I need to hit the streets with much more confidence. Great apologetical book!
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I was really excited about this book as a resource for helping to answer questions that I get asked on a regular basis. The authors, Clinton and Jeff Arnold, attempt to answer 50 of the most asked questions about God, Christianity and the Bible. The book is divided into 9 sections, each with 3-8 questions relating to the topics of the Bible, life after death, the supernatural, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and several other topics. Each of the questions is answered in only a few pages and includes key scripture passages and discussion questions.

I believe this book was intended to help new Christians or those curious about Christianity to find brief answers and scripture resources for general questions about Christianity. For this purpose, it’s not a bad resource. I do believe that the authors probably bit off more than they could chew in that many of these questions couldn’t possibly be answered properly in only a few paragraphs. For example, the second question in the book is “Are there errors in the Bible?”. The authors attempt to answer this by giving only a few examples of seeming contradictions and refuting them by saying that they are simply not contradictions. There is very little explanation. There is actually more intro and opinion than actual answers in most of the chapters. While I do agree with the authors, I wish they had chosen to answer fewer questions with more in-depth answers.

I do, however, love the discussion questions and key passages attached to each question and believe this to be the most valuable part of this resource. I also love that they addressed questions that the church doesn’t often talk about, such as “Why are there hypocrites in the church?” or “Does God hate sex?” or even “Why does God feel distant?
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We Christians are to be thinking people and sometimes we need resources to help us. The authors have written this book to help fill in those areas where we need clarity in our thinking.

They start with basic questions about trusting the Bible. They cover loads of topics, such as believing God is good, the supernatural, the destiny of man, the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, Jesus' return, and many more.

The authors have limited their answers to a few pages, even though books have been written about some of these issues. The idea is that these answers are not exhaustive but are more springboards for further investigation. There are books listed in For Further Reading so the topics can be explored more deeply. There are also Discussion Questions listed at the end of each chapter.

Potential readers should be aware that this is a very general and introductory collection of questions and answers. For example, when investigating the claim of possible errors in the Bible, they address the issue in general, not looking at any specific issues.

Salvation is clearly explained so the book is suitable for someone investigating Christianity. There are places where the authors expect readers to accept the Bible as truth so those answers are suitable for readers already Christians. There were a few of discussions I especially appreciated. One was a very good teaching on the Trinity. Another was the explanation for the formation of the canon. Another was a balanced and well presented look at the return of Christ, not giving a particular view of the timing of the rapture, but covering the various possibilities.

Some of the questions surprised me, such as the role of emotions in our Christian life.
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