Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Languageby Gary M. Burge
Isn't talk about God really a guessing game?What good is the Old Testament?How can we have free will if God controls everything?The virgin birth. Really?What does an earthquake say about God?Is the Holy Spirit still at work in churches
Everyone has questions about God and what matters most in life. When we ask those questions, we are asking about theology.
Isn't talk about God really a guessing game?What good is the Old Testament?How can we have free will if God controls everything?The virgin birth. Really?What does an earthquake say about God?Is the Holy Spirit still at work in churches today?What did Jesus think about getting married?Does being a Christian mean having particular political views?
While books about doctrine supply description and analysis of the classic questions of the faith, they often miss the contemporary questions on the minds of readers. This book fills that gap. Organized around the key topics of Jesus, the Bible, church, the Holy Spirit, evil, salvation and hope, the sometimes-provocative questions on these topics aim to ring true with the lived experience of real people. Even more, they look to inspire reflection, debate, disagreement, and above all, engagement in what the Christian faith is all about.
Burge and Lauber (New Testament and theology, respectively, Wheaton Coll.) have edited this cluster of essays by Wheaton College professors—so, this is a home recipe made available to the broader Evangelical and Christian audience. Make no mistake about its perspective: although its authors tend to dart around the more tendentious issues—check the passages on substitutionary atonement and free will—the collection's distinctiveness lies in its reliance on theology rather than story or history, in contrast to most introductions to the faith. VERDICT More than a catechism, and more elaborate than a profession of faith, this explicitly didactic and accessible series of answers to typical quandaries ought to be useful as a point of departure for many Christian education classes.
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Meet the Author
Gary M. Burge (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His passion in teaching, research and writing is how the unique world of the Middle East in antiquity shapes how we read the New Testament today. Among his many published books are Theology Questions Everyone Asks (with coeditor David Lauber), The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary (general editor with Andrew Hill), The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green), John: The Gospel of Life and the award-winning Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians.
David Lauber (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. He is the author of Barth on the Descent into Hell and the co-editor of several volumes, including Theology Questions Everyone Asks, Trinitarian Theology for the Church and The Bloomsbury Companion to the Doctrine of Sin.
Philip Graham Ryken (Ph.D., Oxford) is President of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and can be heard weekly on the radio broadcast Every Last Word. He has written or edited more than thirty books including The Message of Salvation, The Doctrines of Grace (with James Montgomery Boice) and Ryken's Bible Handbook.
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