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But Is It Real? Answering 10 Common Objections to the Christian Faith

By Amy Orr-Ewing
March 2009 | Review by Elisabeth Epps

Synopsis

Your relationship with God is just a psychological crutch. Belief in God is dangerous. I used to believe, but I've given it all up. Is God real? Is it possible to know anything, let alone know him? Why do bad things happen to people who worship this God? What about the spiritual experiences of other faiths? All of these accusations, objections and questions have come directly from real-life situations. Amy Says, 'I hope that the thoughts offered here will help you see what the Christian faith has to say amid all the pain, confusion and complexity of life.'

  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 978-1844743018
  • Pages: 144
  • Price: £7.17
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Book Review

This book of apologetics aims to answer ten common objections to the Christian faith –– objections that often underlie someone’s unbelief in God. Real people have asked the author these questions, which touch not only on ‘intellectual ideas but are undergirded by emotional realities and the pain of life’.

The issues covered are: other religions; science and Christianity; Christianity as a psychological crutch; absolute truth claims; Christian suffering and sin; hell; fundamentalism; ‘I used to believe but I’ve given it all up’; Christian experience; and assurance.

In answering many of the questions, the author takes the reader through the different positions of competing world views –– for example, of other religions and philosophies. Good use is made of quotes from a wide range of both non-Christian and Christian sources, although I personally would have liked to have seen more use of Scripture itself.

The author packs a lot into a short book, which unfortunately makes some sections rather hard work. I was also left wishing the last chapter had explained what conversion entails, as well as giving examples of Christian experience.

The preface makes it clear that the book is written for non-Christians, but it is nonetheless a very useful resource for Christians. It is intellectually rigorous, not settling for pat answers, but critically examining the assumptions that lie behind each question and contrasting them with faithful presentations of biblical truth.

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