Confronting Christianity

12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion

Confronting Christianity explores 12 questions that keep many of us from considering faith in Christ

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Religion’s decline in the modern world turns out to be a myth.

Christianity is the most widespread global belief system, and promises to remain so well into the future. But for many educated westerners, biblical Christianity is a dangerous idea—challenging some of their deepest beliefs.

Channeling state-of-the-art research, personal stories, and careful biblical study, Confronting Christianity explores 12 questions that keep many of us from considering faith in Christ. Look more closely, McLaughlin argues, and the reality of suffering, the complexity of sexuality, the desire for diversity, the success of science, and other seeming roadblocks to faith become signposts. Jesus becomes not a relic from the ancient world, but our modern world’s best hope.

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  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Aren’t we better off without religion?
  • Chapter 2: Doesn’t Christianity crush diversity?
  • Chapter 3: How can you say there is only one true faith?
  • Chapter 4: Doesn’t religion hinder morality?
  • Chapter 5: Doesn’t religion cause violence?
  • Chapter 6: How can you take the Bible literally?
  • Chapter 7: Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?
  • Chapter 8: Doesn’t Christianity denigrate women?
  • Chapter 9: Isn’t Christianity homophobic?
  • Chapter 10: Doesn’t the Bible condone slavery?
  • Chapter 11: How could a loving God allow so much suffering?
  • Chapter 12: How could a loving God send people to hell?

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Author Rebecca McLaughlin
ISBN 9781433564239
Format Hardback
First published April 2019
Dimensions 152mm x 228mm x 15mm
Language English
Pages 240
Publisher Crossway

John C. Lennox

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

This book is compelling reading, not only because of its intellectual rigor and the fact that it is beautifully written but also because of its honest, empathetic humanity. Readers will find themselves expertly guided on a journey that involves them not only in confronting Christianity but also in confronting themselves—their worldviews, hopes, fears, failures, and search for identity and satisfaction—and, finally, in confronting Christ as the altogether credible source of life as God means it to be.

Tyler J. VanderWeele

John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University

McLaughlin probes some of the trickiest cultural challenges to Christianity of our day and clearly demonstrates the breadth and richness of a Christian response. Confronting Christianity is well worth reading and pondering.

Peter J. Williams

Principal, Tyndale House, Cambridge; author, Can We Trust the Gospels?

In the West, many people are persuaded by dominant secular narratives and think they already know what Christianity is about. In this bombshell of a book packed with myth-busting statistics, McLaughlin reveals the many surprises in authentic Christianity.

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