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Real-life, on-the-street Christian apologetics is what readers expect from Josh McDowell. Here, he and his son, Sean, reflect their ongoing research and close engagement with our culture in answers to classic questions such as…
- Is there scientific proof God exists?
- How can a loving God send people to hell?
- Why does God allow suffering?
- Is the New Testament historically reliable?
- Aren’t there errors and contradictions in the Bible?
…and questions that arise from today’s culture:
- If God is so loving, why can’t he be more tolerant of sin?
- Is God sexist?
- Is religion the real cause of violence in the world?
- How can teachings from the ancient cultures of the Bible be relevant to our culture?
- What’s the difference between the Bible and the Koran?
77 FAQs offers the concise, accessible presentations that readers want and need in an apologetic resourceanswers they’ll turn to for help in everyday life.
About the Author
Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades. Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has spoken to more than 25 million people in 128 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 148 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Experience Your Bible, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.
Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean’s website, www.seanmcdowell.org, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.
Table of Contents
1 Can I Have All My Questions Answered? 9
Questions about God
2 Why Does God Seem Hidden from Us? 13
3 Doesn't Believing in God Require Faith? 15
4 Is It Wrong to Have Doubts About God? 19
5 What Bond of Proofs Are There that God Exists? 22
6 What Is the First-Cause Argument for Gods Existence? 25
7 What Is the Design Argument for Gods Existence? 27
8 What Is the Moral Law Argument for God's Existence? 32
9 What Is the Personal Experience Argument for God's Existence? 35
10 If God Caused Everything, Then Who or What Caused God? 37
11 What Is God Really Like? 39
12 Who Is the Holy Spirit? 44
13 What Does It Mean that God Is a Trinity? 46
14 Is God Male or Female? 48
15 Can God Do Wrong, Such As Get Jealous? 49
16 Where Did Evil Come From? 51
17 What Is Evil Exactly? 53
18 What Causes People to Sin Today? 54
19 If God Is So Loving, Why Can't He Be More Tolerant of Sin? 56
20 Why Did God Create Humans? 58
21 Did God Create Intelligent Beings Other Than Humans? 60
22 Is It Really Even Possible to Know Truth? 61
23 Is Some Truth Just Personal Preference? 64
24 Is God Sexist? 66
25 Is God Racist? 71
26 Is God Legalistic? 73
27 Is God Violent? 75
28 Is Religion the Real Cause of Violence in the World? 78
29 Is God Genocidal? 81
30 How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? 84
31 Does God Punish People Through Natural Disasters? 87
32 Why Does God Allow Suffering? 89
33 Why Doesn't God Stop the Suffering Now? 93
34 Does God Have Feelings and Emotions? 98
35 Does God Love Everyone Regardless of Sexual Orientation? 101
36 Does God Get Involved in Politics? 103
37 How Can We Know Gods Will in Our Lives? 106
38 Did Jesus Really Claim to Be God? 109
39 Isn't It Arrogant to Claim that Christianity Is the Only True Religion? 111
40 How Do We Know that Jesus Actually Lived? 113
41 How Did Jesus Back Up His Claim to Be God? 115
42 What Proof Is There that Jesus Was the Messiah? 117
43 Is There Proof that Jesus Was Born of a Virgin? 121
44 Is There Proof that Jesus Rose from the Dead? 124
45 Why Did Jesus Need to Die? 127
46 Why Is Jesus' Resurrection So Central to Christianity? 130
47 How Did People Get Right with God Before Jesus Died for Sin? 132
48 What Is God's Church? 135
49 What Is Jesus Going to Do at His Second Coming? 137
50 How Do I Personally Experience a Relationship with God? 139
Questions about the Bible
51 Where Did the Bible Come From? 145
52 What Does It Mean that the Bible Is Inspired? 148
53 Is the Bible a Product of God, Humans, or Both? 151
54 Isn't the Bible Full of Errors and Contradictions? 154
55 Does the New Testament Misquote the Old Testament? 157
56 How Do We Know that the Bible We Have Today Is Truly God's Word? 159
57 Were Some Inspired Books Excluded from Our Current Bible? 162
58 How Can Teachings from the Ancient Cultures of the Bible Be Relevant to Us Today? 166
59 How Is It that the Bible Gets So Misinterpreted? 169
60 How Do You Correctly Interpret the Bible? 173
61 Can Christians Hold Contradictory Teachings from the Bible and Still Be in Unity? 177
62 Are All the Old Testament Laws Binding on Us Today? 180
63 Are Any of the Jewish Festivals in the Bible Meaningful to Christians Today? 183
64 What Is the Real Purpose of the Bible? 189
65 Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable? 192
66 Is the New Testament Historically Reliable? 196
67 What Is the Difference Between the Christian Bible and the Jewish Bible? 201
68 What Is the Difference Between the Bible and the Quran? 203
69 What Is the Difference Between the Christian Bible and the Book of Mormon? 206
70 How Is the Roman Catholic Bible Different from the Protestant Bible? 209
71 When Was the Bible Translated into Other Languages? 212
72 Have Any Translations of the Bible Been Inspired? 215
73 If Bible Translators Made Mistakes, Wouldn't That Make the Bible Inaccurate? 217
74 How Do I Choose an English Translation that Is Accurate? 219
75 Why Are There So Many English Translations of the Bible? 222
76 What Are the Resources I Need to Accurately Interpret the Bible? 223
77 How Do I Personally Experience the Bible? 226