People regularly give certain reasons for not believing in God, but they are much less aware of what the New Testament actually teaches. Although challenges to Christianity are perennial and have frequently been addressed, they are noticeably more common today and are currently of particular interest among evangelicals.Skeptics of Christianity often ask highly regarded biblical scholar and popular speaker Craig Blomberg how he can believe in a faith that seems so problematic. How can God allow evil and suffering? Isn't the Bible anti-women, anti-gay, and pro-slavery? Isn't the New Testament riddled with contradictions? What about the nature of hell, violence in Scripture, and prayer and predestination? Following the author's successful Can We Still Believe the Bible?, this succinct and readable book focuses on what the New Testament teaches about 10 key reasons people give for not believing in God.
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About the Author
Craig L. Blomberg (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado, where he has taught for more than 30 years. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Can We Still Believe the Bible?, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, Jesus and the Gospels, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Preaching the Parables, Making Sense of the New Testament, and commentaries on Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and James.
Table of Contents
ContentsIntroduction1. If There Is a God, Why Does He Allow So Much Suffering and Evil?2. Must All the Unevangelized Go to Hell (and What Is Hell)?3. Slavery, Gender Roles, and Same-Sex Sexual Relations4. The Meaning of the Miracles5. Weren't the Stories of Jesus Made Up from Greco-Roman Myths?6. How Should We Respond to All the Violence in the Bible?7. The Problems of Prayer and Predestination8. What about All the Apparent Contradictions in the Gospels?9. Hasn't the Church Played Fast and Loose with Copying and Translating the New Testament?10. The Alleged Undesirability of the Christian LifeConclusionIndexes