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Short Answers to Big Questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity Paperback – September 8, 2015
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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very easy to find answers to serious questions. Good to see another Arnold at Amazon.Published 2 months ago by E. Stevenson
My husband and I lead a life group of new believers. We've tried numerous 8-10 week studies and formats over the past year, this one hits a homerun for our group. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberley
It's easy to find an answer to a question by using the table of contents as a guide.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Questions about the Bible, God, Christianity, and life have been asked for many years. Some answers are simple to answer while others are not so simple. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel Greegor
Whether you are a Christian looking for answers to many of the difficult questions Christians face or a non-Christian trying to understand whether there is truth, reason and logic... Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Ehlers
The title says it all. The questions are big and difficult, at times, but the answers are short and concise. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Jinnette