I can't say enough about this wonderful book! But when I DO review a book, I usually don't thoroughly read every word, every chapter. The authors go on to outline the mental and physical health benefits that are correlated with regular religious participation — for most Americans, going to church — even to the extent of reducing mortality rates by 20–30 percent over a fifteen-year-period. 17, 2 Doesn't Christianity Crush Diversity? So, for the time being, I was just one of a handful of Bible-clinging oddities among my mystified, secularized, and occasionally scandalized peers. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Further, I had read a few of Rebecca Mclaughlin's blogs prior to this book with no great effect. If you’re a non-Christian and have wondered why Christians think and do as they do, this book will be a good start to exploring those questions. - this book is a great place to find answers. Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. Since then, New Atheists have spun a credibility-killing web around faith. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. He made us, he alone can determine what is right for us. This is an outstanding resource for the skeptic, the doubter, and anyone who is ready to engage with some compelling thinking.”―Sam Allberry, speaker; author, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? Sixty-nine percent of US college students still identify as religious, and 60.2 percent identify as Christian. I look forward to her next book. Turn this data on its head and the trend toward secularization in America is a public-health crisis. Confronting Christianity is a book I will draw upon myself and will recommend widely to believers and skeptics alike.”—Karen Swallow Prior, author, On Reading Well and Fierce Convictions, “Rebecca McLaughlin addresses the most frequent and pressing objections to Christianity in our time with unflinching honesty, rigorous clarity, and deep compassion. But in the US at least, the love of money is still holding sway. In a chapter titled “Isn’t Christianity Homophobic?,” McLaughlin candidly illustrates how “attraction” and “action” differ, as evidenced by her own successful heterosexual marriage, in spite of her lifelong struggle with same-sex attraction (which she argues is allowed within Christianity and, therefore, the faith should not be considered homophobic). McLaughlin writes for curious thinkers everywhere, and handsomely repays the open-minded reader.”―Os Guinness, author, The Call. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. In a popular 2011 TED talk, "Atheism 2.0," School of Life founder Alain de Botton advocated a new kind of atheism that could retain the goods of religion without the downside of belief. Her answers are not only insightful; they have the potential to transform a heart of stone to a heart of flesh. One study observed the attitudes of janitors emptying bedpans and cleaning up vomit in a hospital. We can apply this to the least glamorous jobs. Channeling state-of-the-art research, personal stories, and careful biblical study, Confronting Christianity explores 12 questions that keep many of us from considering faith in Christ. I was into Jesus. Only a distinctive word can be truly good news in a world like this. But I didn't. She has studied widely, thinks deeply, and argues very persuasively. Take up and read.”―Trillia Newbell, author, If God Is For Us: The Everlasting Truth of Our Great Salvation, “Rebecca McLaughlin refuses to duck the biggest challenges to the Christian faith and takes on the hardest questions with empathy, energy, and understanding. In 2016, Harvard School of Public Health professor Tyler VanderWeele and journalist John Siniff wrote a USA Today op-ed entitled "Religion May Be a Miracle Drug." McLaughlin doesn’t shy away from tough questions about diversity and the nations, as well as slavery and facing America’s past and present. But modern psychology suggests that we have a highly developed ability to synthesize happiness. She is a tour de force concerning sexuality and sexual ethics with a personal story that is hard to argue with. Many nonreligious people are passionately engaged in serving and giving, while many Christians live self-centered lives. Her writing feels scholarly without ever being boring or difficult to read. If you’re a believer, this book will not only equip you intellectually but also call you to compassion and empathy for your questioning, unbelieving neighbor, as well as prepare you to bear witness to the Light that has come into the world.”―Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, “A fresh voice, arresting arguments, and an easy-to-read style. In our acquisitive culture, the biblical demand that Christians serve and give to others feels out of joint. to the Corinthians to tackle twelve major challenges facing the church today, providing practical ways for individuals and churches to respond biblically. Confronting Christianity is well worth reading and pondering.”—Tyler J. VanderWeele, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University. Rather than abandoning rapture, de Botton suggested secular audiences respond to atheist preaching by lauding their heroes: "Thank you Plato, thank you Shakespeare, thank you Jane Austen!" A beautiful book. Christians invented science, yet science is seen as antithetical to Christianity. 4:12–13 NIV). In a secularizing age, though, Christianity is often not simply odd to the world but also unexplained and seemingly inexplicable. Confronting Christianity will help you understand the hard questions of the Christian faith while also igniting a love for neighbor. A real top-five in its genre. I longed for someone to answer those questions for me, to teach me, so I could finally answer. This book is an excellent read for someone who has been convinced by the evidence of Christianity but is grappling with the moral/ethical questions of Christian belief. If you’re a believer, this book will not only equip you intellectually but also call you to compassion and empathy for your questioning, unbelieving neighbor, as well as prepare you to bear witness to the Light that has come into the world.”, —Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, “A fresh voice, arresting arguments, and an easy-to-read style. But for many educated westerners, biblical Christianity is a dangerous idea—challenging some of their deepest beliefs. After multiple experiences of physical and psychological trauma, the apostle Paul wrote this from prison: "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. 33, 3 How Can You Say There's Only One True Faith? She has studied widely, thinks deeply, and argues very persuasively. That same year, Richard Dawkins released The God Delusion, which remained on the New York Times best seller list for fifty-one weeks. But as atheist social psychologist Jonathan Haidt observes: Surveys have long shown that religious believers in the United States are happier, healthier, longer-lived, and more generous to charity and to each other than are secular people. Please try your request again later. McLaughlin doesn’t shy away from tough questions about diversity and the nations, as well as slavery and facing America’s past and present. If your father was a carpenter, you had better be into woodworking! One guy assumed I was being ironic, and we struck up an unlikely friendship. She speaks from real-life experience of the personal and intellectual challenges we encounter today in considering the claims of Jesus Christ. The fifty-first century church is a military operation. The trend persists. Learn more. Copyright © 2020 The Gospel Coalition, INC. All Rights Reserved. He was into drugs. 175, 11 How Could a Loving God Allow So Much Suffering? Religion’s decline in the modern world turns out to be a myth. Volunteering has a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Such as human sexuality (the author has same sex attraction, but chooses to align her sexual behaviour in line with God's word), should we just follow our desires without considering whether they are right? Readers will find themselves expertly guided on a journey that involves them not only in confronting Christianity but also in confronting themselves―their worldviews, hopes, fears, failures, and search for identity and satisfaction―and, finally, in confronting Christ as the altogether credible source of life as God means it to be.”―John C. Lennox, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford, “McLaughlin probes some of the trickiest cultural challenges to Christianity of our day and clearly demonstrates the breadth and richness of a Christian response. Of course, we need only open a newspaper to see that religious beliefs can cause harm. They would be concise. But a growing body of research suggests that giving is good for us. What fruit has this borne for today's students? On the shelf next to Rosaria Butterfield and Jen Wilkin for leading Christian women writers today, and on a par with Tim Keller only in better English. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. No Christian lives up to the radical example of Jesus, who gave his life to save his enemies. Religion’s decline in the modern world turns out to be a myth. Doesn’t shy away from the big guns of Harris or Dawkins. Confronting Christianity will help you understand the hard questions of the Christian faith while also igniting a love for neighbor. I stuck out. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. Channeling state-of-the-art research, personal stories, and careful biblical excavation, Confronting Christianity explores 12 questions that keep many of us from considering faith in Christ. Look more closely, McLaughlin argues, and the reality of suffering, the complexity of sexuality, the desire for diversity, the success of science, and other seeming roadblocks to faith become signposts.

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