Sunday, August 10, 2014
QUICK REVIEW: 100 Tough Questions About God and the Bible by Stephen M. Miller
A bestselling author tackles 100 tough questions both Christians and nonbelievers ask, reporting popular viewpoints among biblical scholars and inviting you to draw your own conclusions.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers
ISBN 0764211625 (ISBN13: 9780764211621)
The author says “Not being a preacher, I’m not inclined to preach at you. So please don’t expect me to tell you what to think. I did graduate from seminary, but before that I was a news journalist-- a newspaperman…Think of me as Switzerland. Neutral. I’m a journalist covering the Bible beat. I’ve tried to round up the best answers I can find and report them to you for your consideration. I think you’ll be surprised at some of the answers I found...”
The author covers questions like "Given what we know today from science, why do so many Christians say the universe was created in six days, a few thousand years ago?", "Jesus said we shouldn't judge one another, so why do Christians do it so much?", and "If God knows everything, why did he test Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his own son?"
I saw another reviewer complain that at times this book was more agnostic than Christian, and that’s exactly why I loved it! The author really did do a great job at being unbiased and presenting information of varying perspectives, then allowing you to come to your own conclusions.
Overall I liked the relaxed manner in which the information was shared, but there were times when it felt he was trying a little too hard to sound unbiased and all cool with it. Sort of like a teen’s dad trying to act cool, and coming off sort of dorky instead.
My final word: I liked this book so well, I bought a copy even after I'd read a free copy obtained through Netgalley. A great book for the open-minded who don't want to be told what to think, but to simply have the information to reach their own conclusions.
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I received a copy of this book to review through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and the opinions expressed are my own and based on my observations while reading this novel.