- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books (30 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433564238
- ISBN-13: 978-1433564239
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Customer Reviews: 173 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion Hardcover – 30 April 2019
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Rebecca McLaughlin holds a PhD in renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. She is cofounder of Vocable Communications and former vice president of content at the Veritas Forum, where she spent almost a decade working with Christian academics at leading secular universities.
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The premise of C.C. is that Christianity has become a whipping post for secular humanists and that their criticisms require answers. McLaughlin provides answers to some very challenging questions. Doesn't Christianity degrade women? Isn't this faith outdated by science? How can we literally take the Bible at its word? How could a loving God send people to hell?
If a Christian is unprepared to answer these and other questions, what will happen to our faith in another generation or two into the future? Ms. McLaughlin not only provides answers; she documents - like a PhD would be expected to - the supporting evidence.
I mentioned that I failed at skipping around this book to get a summary of where the author is going. This is because the book reads like a crime novel to me. Despite my own Christian beliefs, I half-believed many of the charges against Christianity posed in the author's 12 questions. Or - more likely - never confronted them with my own research and response. Ms. McLaughlin fairly presents the questions / arguments that suppose Christianity is on the wane, quoting sources that support the claim. But then, she pauses, catches a breath and presents the facts that support the Christian religion and documents her answers. Despite my desire to finish the book quickly in my hit-and-run assault on the contents, I put aside all my other books for a couple of days and concentrated my energy on this can't-put-down book. (OK, who among us only reads one book at a time? Yeah - I didn't think so!)
I'm not quite done with C.C., but will finish today. It is a solid read, a fun book for a Christian to absorb and in a fun way, makes us confront today's secular world's skepticism about a faith that has been answering similar questions for 2000 years.
However, there is something special about how Rebecca McLaughlin writes. She has an uncanny ability to disarm you with her writing. This book will challenge the greatest critic of Christianity and encourage the most faithful follower. She addresses the most difficult topics head on with humility, grace, intellectual fervor (she’s way smarter than me), honesty and a deep commitment to the gospel as the only way to be reconciled with God.
I found myself time and time again wiping away tears (I’m not a very emotional person) as I saw new glimpses of God’s glory through her writing. Additionally, I kept thinking of friends who would find this book encouraging and thought I needed to order a case of them to give away!
McLaughlin doesn’t answer all of our questions (who can), but faithfully attempts to and points us to the One who is better than every answer. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy and read it. You won’t be sorry!