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Review – If you could ask God one question – Christianity Explored

June 2008 | by Bill Dyer

If you could ask God one question

 

Paul Williams and Barry Cooper

Christianity Explored (available from Good Book Co.); 128 pages; £5.00

ISBN: 978-1-90488-945-8

 

How can I best encourage my neighbours and work colleagues to attend our next Christianity Explored course?  If you are asking this, help is now at hand. Christianity Explored have published If you could ask God one question – this could be the ideal book to give someone in preparation for inviting them to the course.

     The book seeks to answer the twelve most frequently asked questions about God, such as: ‘If you’re really there, God, why on earth don’t you prove it?’; ‘Isn’t the Bible just a bunch of made-up stories?’; ‘All good people go to heaven, right?’; ‘Why do you allow suffering?’; ‘What about followers of other religions?’ – and, the most provocative, ‘Why do you hate sex?’

     The popularity of the Christianity Explored course, and others like it, shows that many unbelievers are still willing to give serious thought to the claims of Christianity when given credible answers to their questions.

     This book scores highly, not only by answering the questions it poses clearly and biblically, but it does so with a written style which is engaging, warm, and almost homely – and with a generous seasoning of apt illustrations. Both the authors, Paul Williams and Barry Cooper, have literary and journalistic experience, and it shows.

     Christians can have confidence in giving this book to the full range of unbelievers, including the potentially critical.

     Readers are referred to the Christianity Explored web site for further reading on the questions raised, and for information to locate a Christianity Explored course in their area.  They are warmly encouraged to join such a course.

     For those not engaged with Christianity Explored, this book can still be used as an excellent evangelistic tool, and there is valuable help here for all gospel preachers to answer these old chestnuts in a contemporary and engaging way.

     I am enthusiastic about this book – it has the potential to bring large numbers under the sound of the gospel if Christians use it widely.

Bill Dyer

Pontefract

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