Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief Book

Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief

  • Author : David Madison
  • Publisher : Tellectual Press
  • Release Date : 2016-08-07
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 194289712X

Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief Excerpt :

An all-powerful God who permits unspeakable horrors and sent a Son who threatened more to come, forever, to those who don't believe in him. An inspired holy book that turns out to be full of archaic nonsense, moral failures, and contradictions. A world of disagreement not just between Christians and other religions, but within Christianity itself. Blood sacrifice and a tale of the walking dead as the very foundation of faith. These are just a few aspects of Ten very Tough Problems that David Madison describes in this wonderfully deep yet humorous dismantling of his former faith. Combining rigorous scholarship with engaging personal reflections and refreshing wit, he offers understanding and even some laughs while walking with readers past the gravestones of Christian thought and belief.

Ten Things Christians Wish Jesus Hadn t Taught Book

Ten Things Christians Wish Jesus Hadn t Taught

  • Author : David Madison
  • Publisher : Insighting Growth Publications Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2021-08-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 1733352082

Ten Things Christians Wish Jesus Hadn t Taught Excerpt :

This is a book about ten of the most significant uncomfortable teachings of Jesus. These are teachings that Christians don't like to think or talk about. They are clear imperatives from Jesus that are, for the most part, ignored by the majority of believers.

Confronting Christianity Book

Confronting Christianity

  • Author : Rebecca McLaughlin
  • Publisher : Crossway
  • Release Date : 2019-04-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781433564260

Confronting Christianity Excerpt :

Although many people suggest that Christianity is declining, research indicates that it continues to be the world’s most popular worldview. But even so, the Christian faith includes many controversial beliefs that non-Christians find hard to accept. This book explores 12 issues that might cause someone to dismiss orthodox Christianity—issues such as the existence of suffering, the Bible’s teaching on gender and sexuality, the reality of heaven and hell, the authority of the Bible, and more. Showing how the best research from sociology, science, and psychology doesn't disagree with but actually aligns with claims found in the Bible, these chapters help skeptics understand why these issues are signposts, rather than roadblocks, to faith in Christ.

A New Kind of Christianity Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

A New Kind of Christianity

  • Author : Brian D. McLaren
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2010-02-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061969492

A New Kind of Christianity Excerpt :

“Some books provide us with information about the world, but every once in a while a book appears that enables us to imagine new, more wonderful worlds. [A New Kind of Christianity] is one of these.” —Peter Rollins, Ikon A New Kind of Christianity is Brian D. McLaren’s much anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough work of the emergent-church movement, A New Kind of Christian. Named by Time magazine as one of America’s top 25 evangelicals, McLaren, along with such contemporaries as N.T. Wright, Jim Wallis, and Rob Bell, is one of the acknowledged leaders of a new generation of Christians who want to update their faith for current times while remaining true to the core message of Jesus. In this controversial and thought-provoking book, McLaren explores the questions that will determine the shape of Christianity for the next 500 years.

A Thematic Access Oriented Bibliography of Jesus   s Resurrection Book

A Thematic Access Oriented Bibliography of Jesus s Resurrection

  • Author : Michael J. Alter
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2019-12-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 602
  • ISBN 10 : 9781725252752

A Thematic Access Oriented Bibliography of Jesus s Resurrection Excerpt :

The keystone of Christianity is Jesus's physical, bodily resurrection. Present-day scholars can be significantly challenged as they forage through voluminous documents on the resurrection of Jesus. The literature measures well over seven thousand sources in English-language books alone. This makes finding specific sources that are most relevant for specific scholarly purposes an arduous task. Even when a specific book is relevant, finding the parts of the book that are most relevant to the resurrection rather than other topics often requires additional effort. A Thematic Access-Oriented Bibliography of Jesus's Resurrection addresses these challenges in several ways. First, the bibliography organizes more than seven thousand English sources into twelve main categories and then thirty-four subcategories, which are designed to help you find the most relevant literature quickly and efficiently. Embedded are pro and con arguments which support efficient access through brief annotations and then annotate the diversity and complexity of the field of religion by including sources that represent a diverse range of views: theistic (e.g., Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.), agnostic, and nontheistic. The objective of this bibliography is to provide convenient access to relevant sources from a variety of perspectives, allowing you to browse or find the one source accurately and with ease.

Varieties of Jesus Mythicism Book

Varieties of Jesus Mythicism

  • Author : John W. Loftus
  • Publisher : Ockham Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2022-06-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 9781839191596

Varieties of Jesus Mythicism Excerpt :

To most people on the planet, the existence of Jesus is a given: “Of course he did!” They take it for granted that he existed simply because it reaffirms their faith. But to the rest of us who don't believe in a supernatural Jesus, the question of the historicity of Jesus is not simple. There are thousands of different ideas about to what extent the Jesus tales were based on a real man, or men, or woman... Did Jesus even exist, and if not, what best explains the rise of such a character in the New Testament? That is where John W. Loftus and Robert M. Price come in. Each with decades of experience in the fields of theology and Christian history, Loftus and Price have compiled essays from some of the top authorities on Jesus mythicism to establish the world's first academic catalogue of mythicist beliefs. Experts who provided chapters include David Fitzgerald, Joseph Atwill, Michael Lockwood, and more! The question is no longer simply, "Did Jesus even exist?" In this compilation, you'll find yourself questioning everything about the Christ story and how it truly began.

The Case Against Miracles Book

The Case Against Miracles

  • Author : John W. Loftus
  • Publisher : Ockham Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2022-06-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 1709
  • ISBN 10 : 9781839190094

The Case Against Miracles Excerpt :

For as long as the idea of “miracles” has been in the public sphere, the conversation about them has been shaped exclusively by religious apologists and Christian leaders. The definitions for what a miracles are have been forged by the same men who fought hard to promote their own beliefs as fitting under that umbrella. It’s time for a change. Enter John W. Loftus, an atheist author who has earned three master’s degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Loftus, a former student of noted Christian apologist William Lane Craig, got some of the biggest names in the field to contribute to this book, which represents a critical analysis of the very idea of miracles. Incorporating his own thoughts along with those of noted academics, philosophers, and theologians, Loftus is able to properly define “miracle” and then show why there’s no reason to believe such a thing even exists. Addressing every single issue that touches on miracles in a thorough and academic manner, this compilation represents the most extensive look at the phenomenon ever displayed through the lens of an ardent non-believer. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a miracle is, or doubted whether they exist, then this book is for you.

The Reason for God Book
Score: 4.5
From 99 Ratings

The Reason for God

  • Author : Timothy Keller
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-02-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101217658

The Reason for God Excerpt :

A New York Times bestseller people can believe in—by "a pioneer of the new urban Christians" (Christianity Today) and the "C.S. Lewis for the 21st century" (Newsweek). Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

  • Author : Mark A. Noll
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 0802841805

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Excerpt :

Mark Noll has written a major indictment of American evangelicalism. Reading this book, one wonders if the evangelical movement has pandered so much to American culture and tried to be so popular only to lose not only it's mind but it's soul as well. For evangelical pastors and parishoners alike, this is a must read! --Robert Wuthnow.

Debating Christian Theism Book

Debating Christian Theism

  • Author : J. P. Moreland
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-08-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 554
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199755431

Debating Christian Theism Excerpt :

This volume offers groundbreaking dialogue by many of the most prominent scholars in the field in a definitive treatment of central issues in theism and Christian faith.

The Problem of God Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

The Problem of God

  • Author : Mark Clark
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Release Date : 2017-08-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780310535232

The Problem of God Excerpt :

The Problem of God explores answers to the most difficult questions raised against Christianity. A skeptic who became a Christian and then a pastor, author Mark Clark grew up in an atheistic home. After his father's death, he began a skeptical search for truth through the fields of science, philosophy, and history, eventually finding answers in the last place he expected: Christianity. In a winsome, persuasive, and humble voice, The Problem of God responds to the top ten interrogations people bring against God, and Christianity, including: Does God even exist in the first place? What do we do with Christianity's violent history? Is Jesus just another myth? Can the Bible be trusted? Why should we believe in Hell anymore today? Each chapter answers the specific challenge using a mix of theology, philosophy, and science. Filled with compelling stories and anecdotes, The Problem of God presents an organized and easy-to-understand range of apologetics, focused on both convincing the skeptic and informing the Christian. The book concluding with Christianity's most audacious assertion: how should we respond to Jesus' claim that he is God and the only way to salvation.

Belief in God in an Age of Science Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Belief in God in an Age of Science

  • Author : John Polkinghorne
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 1998-03-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300174106

Belief in God in an Age of Science Excerpt :

John Polkinghorne is a major figure in today’s debates over the compatibility of science and religion. Internationally known as both a theoretical physicist and a theologian—the only ordained member of the Royal Society—Polkinghorne brings unique qualifications to his inquiry into the possibilities of believing in God in an age of science. In this thought-provoking book, the author focuses on the collegiality between science and theology, contending that these "intellectual cousins" are both concerned with interpreted experience and with the quest for truth about reality. He argues eloquently that scientific and theological inquiries are parallel. The book begins with a discussion of what belief in God can mean in our times. Polkinghorne explores a new natural theology and emphasizes the importance of moral and aesthetic experience and the human intuition of value and hope. In other chapters, he compares science’s struggle to understand the nature of light with Christian theology’s struggle to understand the nature of Christ. He addresses the question, Does God act in the physical world? And he extends his ideas about the role of chaos theory, surveys the prospects for future dialogue between scientific and theological thinkers, and defends a critical realist understanding of the activities of both disciplines. Polkinghorne concludes with a consideration of the nature of mathematical truths and the links between the complementary realities of physical and mental experience.

Mere Christianity Book
Score: 4.5
From 205 Ratings

Mere Christianity

  • Author : C. S. Lewis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-06-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061947438

Mere Christianity Excerpt :

In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

Christianity in the Twenty first Century Book

Christianity in the Twenty first Century

  • Author : Robert Wuthnow
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1995-04-13
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0198025645

Christianity in the Twenty first Century Excerpt :

In the year 2000--and beyond--what will the church be like? What challenges will it face? Will the church be able to provide a strong sense of community? Will it be an ethical force in the lives of Americans? And what role will religion play in politics and in the marketplace? In Christianity in the 21st Century Robert Wuthnow reflects on these provocative questions as he seeks to identify changes that are taking place now in American society that churches must address if they are to remain vital in the future. He foresees five critical areas--institutional, ethical, doctrinal, political, and cultural--in which major challenges will arise, then meets the thorny issues head-on. How will churches' resource bases, their very identity, and their capacity to carry on their spiritual traditions be altered? till they continue to function as sources of caring in a needy world? What impact will the resurgence of fundamentalism have, and how will moderate and liberal congregations react? How will the political activities of churches influence their capacity to be heard in the public arena, and what will the impact be of pluralism and the prevailing materialism of our society? Drawing on a wide range of first-hand observations and research, Wuthnow demontrates that in each of these five areas people of faith have strong reasons to enter the next century with confidence in their religious institutions. But he also highlights worrisome signs, and points to specific areas that need to be addressed to ensure the continuing vitality for Christianity in America--not least among these are the rampant individualism that erodes spiritual communities and the religious infighting that diminishes the Christian sense of unity. The onset of a new millennium affords a historic opportunity to take stock of the present situation and to plan for the future--in the years ahead, much reflection is likely to occur about all our major institutions. Christianity in the 21st Century aims to contribut

I Sold My Soul on eBay Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

I Sold My Soul on eBay

  • Author : Hemant Mehta
  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Release Date : 2009-02-19
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307499493

I Sold My Soul on eBay Excerpt :

Unique insights from an atheist’s Sunday-morning odyssey When Hemant Mehta was a teenager he stopped believing in God, but he never lost his interest in religion. Mehta is “the eBay atheist,” the nonbeliever who auctioned off the opportunity for the winning bidder to send him to church. The auction winner was Jim Henderson, a former pastor and author of Evangelism Without Additives. Since then, Mehta has visited a variety of church services–posting his insightful critiques on the Internet and spawning a positive, ongoing dialogue between atheists and believers. I Sold My Soul on eBay tells how and why Mehta became an atheist and features his latest church critiques, including descriptions of his visits to some of the best-known churches in the country. His observations will surprise and challenge you, revealing how the church comes across to those outside the faith. Who better than a nonbeliever to offer an eye-opening assessment of how the gospel is being presented–and the elements that enhance or detract from the presentation. Mehta announced prior to his churchgoing odyssey that he would watch for any signs of God’s existence. After spending Sunday mornings in some of the nation’s leading churches, what happened to the man who sold his soul on eBay? Did attending church change his lack of belief? The answers can be found inside.