"Students, teachers and pastors everywhere face the same challenge: how do you deal with the perennial questions of theology? This excellent set of essays draws on the authors' extensive teaching experience to explain with creativity and clarity how to address a wide range of commonly asked questions. The authors demonstrate a commendable ability to combine scholarly depth with an accessible and engaging style of writing. Theology Questions Everyone Asks should provoke many thoughtful discussions in classrooms and churches everywhere."
"This book is so well done that many people who teach introductory Christian theology courses will wonder how they got along without it. It provides lucid and engaging answers to important theological questions that students care about. This is an unusually helpful resource."
"Theology Questions Everyone Asks is exactly the kind of book needed in the undergraduate theology classroom. This text examines questions that my students ask on a regular basis and does so in a way that is engaging and relevant. The authors have done an excellent job weaving together both the biblical text and salient moments from the Christian tradition, making this book a much-needed addition to the tools at hand for every undergraduate theology professor."
Kelly M. Kapic
"Don't we all have questions? I do. Not just the acceptable questions people feel comfortable asking, but the haunting questions that linger in your mind and heart--the kind of questions you may be afraid to verbalize because people will accuse you of doubt or irreverence. But these essays freely engage our questions and ask ones we have not even yet thought about. Thankfully, they also provide thoughtful answers, built on solid research and reflection, yet remaining always accessible and clear. This is a fantastic book for all who long to have their questions about the faith taken seriously."
Thomas H. McCall
"Some of the most penetrating and intriguing theological questions are the ones asked not by professional theologians but by sincere students and laypersons. Helpful answers to such questions are not, alas, as common as we might think. Thankfully, in Theology Questions Everyone Asks, we get some real-truth answers to go with real-life questions."
"This book will be a helpful resource for many readers who want a single tool that addresses their most frequently asked questions. It will aid learner and teacher alike."
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.
Theology Questions Everyone Asks (with coeditor David Lauber), The Evangelical One Volume Commentary on the Bible (general editor with A. Hill), John: The Gospel of Life and the award-winning Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians. He has also been an editorial consultant for a number of Bible-themed books for children.
Previously, Burge served as associate professor of New Testament at North Park University in Chicago and as assistant professor of New Testament at Kings College in Bristol, Tennessee. Burge is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA and holds memberships in the Institute for Biblical Research, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. Barth on the Descent into Hell: God, Atonement and the Christian Life.
Lauber holds memberships in the American Academy of Religion, the Karl Barth Society of North America and the Society of Biblical Literature. 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.