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2011 Retailers Choice Award winner! "Why are Christians against same-sex people getting married? . . . Why do you believe God exists at all? . . . Why would God allow evil and suffering? . . . Why trust the Bible when it's full of mistakes? . . . How could a loving God send people to hell? . . . What makes you think Jesus was more than just a good teacher? . . . Why are Chr 2011 Retailers Choice Award winner! "Why are Christians against same-sex people getting married? . . . Why do you believe God exists at all? . . . Why would God allow evil and suffering? . . . Why trust the Bible when it's full of mistakes? . . . How could a loving God send people to hell? . . . What makes you think Jesus was more than just a good teacher? . . . Why are Christians so judgmental?" Some questions can stop a conversation. Today, more than ever, people are raising difficult, penetrating questions about faith, God, and the Bible. Based on an exclusive new Barna survey of 1,000 Christians, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask presents compelling, easy-to-grasp answers to ten of the most troubling questions facing Christians today. These include everything from the existence of heaven to the issues of abortion and homosexuality, as well as the question of whether evolution eliminates our need for a God.


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2011 Retailers Choice Award winner! "Why are Christians against same-sex people getting married? . . . Why do you believe God exists at all? . . . Why would God allow evil and suffering? . . . Why trust the Bible when it's full of mistakes? . . . How could a loving God send people to hell? . . . What makes you think Jesus was more than just a good teacher? . . . Why are Chr 2011 Retailers Choice Award winner! "Why are Christians against same-sex people getting married? . . . Why do you believe God exists at all? . . . Why would God allow evil and suffering? . . . Why trust the Bible when it's full of mistakes? . . . How could a loving God send people to hell? . . . What makes you think Jesus was more than just a good teacher? . . . Why are Christians so judgmental?" Some questions can stop a conversation. Today, more than ever, people are raising difficult, penetrating questions about faith, God, and the Bible. Based on an exclusive new Barna survey of 1,000 Christians, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask presents compelling, easy-to-grasp answers to ten of the most troubling questions facing Christians today. These include everything from the existence of heaven to the issues of abortion and homosexuality, as well as the question of whether evolution eliminates our need for a God.

30 review for The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (with Answers)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Keiki Hendrix

    Book Review of the Questions Most Christian Hope No One Will Ask Got Questions? Mark Mittelberg offers biblical answers” In his newest book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers), Mark Mittelberg gives addresses ten of the most asked questions from unbeliever to believer. If you are looking to find biblical references to answer the hard questions, pick up this book. The questions were chosen based on a survey of 1000 Christians commissioned through the Barna organization. The Book Review of the Questions Most Christian Hope No One Will Ask Got Questions? Mark Mittelberg offers biblical answers” In his newest book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers), Mark Mittelberg gives addresses ten of the most asked questions from unbeliever to believer. If you are looking to find biblical references to answer the hard questions, pick up this book. The questions were chosen based on a survey of 1000 Christians commissioned through the Barna organization. The span of questions include topics such as: abortion, creation/evolution, same-sex marriage, and judgement. In nine of the chapters, the hot topics that unbelievers most often ask are addressed. The last chapter was my favorite. Titled “The Questions Our Friends Need Us to Ask Them“, it is a chapter that moves the reader from defense to offense by acknowledging that people don’t ask questions unless they are curious. We need to be ready to answer them and have questions of our own. What were my favorite portions of this great read? The questions that I encounter the most, evolution and bible inerrancy. Regarding evolution, Mittelberg addressed the central issue of evolutionist handbook (The Origin of the Species) by getting to the heart of the matter and stating Darwin never really addressed the origin of the ‘stuff’ that makes up the environment we live in. Simple but profound. Chapter Three is packed out with scripture, case studies, and a list of the most common objections others have to the authenticity of the bible and all the worn out comments of so-called contradictions. Loved that. I’ve never found a contradiction in the bible. When there is something that appears to me to be in contradiction, it is my lack of knowledge not the bible that is in error. There is much more included in this book. It should be in every Church library. It is a training manual in simple English answering the questions that Christians are most asked. The best defense is a good offence and this book equips the reader first to seek out the references, increase his/her knowledge (as I did), and then be fully prepared to response when these questions arise. I recommend it highly. Disclaimer: The review copy of this book provided free of charge by Tyndale Publishers and donated to the library of Westwood Baptist Church. Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix Reviewed for: Tyndale House Publishing

  2. 4 out of 5

    David

    As a progressive Christian, this book grabbed my attention and I hoped to gain some insight into difficult questions that people ask about Christianity. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. I read the first chapter ("What makes you so sure that God exists at all?") and agreed with the conclusion that of course God exists, but disagreed with much of Mittelberg's supporting evidence, which used circular reasoning and other faulty arguments. For example, he states that apart from God there can be n As a progressive Christian, this book grabbed my attention and I hoped to gain some insight into difficult questions that people ask about Christianity. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. I read the first chapter ("What makes you so sure that God exists at all?") and agreed with the conclusion that of course God exists, but disagreed with much of Mittelberg's supporting evidence, which used circular reasoning and other faulty arguments. For example, he states that apart from God there can be no objective moral standards, but we clearly live in a world that has objective moral standards, so there has to be a divine moral lawgiver. Why do moral standards necessarily come from God though? Or: one of the ways we can know that God is real and active in our world is that he's real and active in our lives. What? So I turned to Chapter 7 ("Why do you condemn homosexuality when it's clear that God made gays and that he loves all people the same?") Mittelberg takes a step in the right direction by saying we shouldn't condemn gay people, that we should seek to understand them, etc. But his answer to the question is essentially "love the sinner but hate the sin" or "we condemn gay people because the Bible says we should." He especially turned me off when he essentially said "notice I haven't used any scriptures to condemn homosexuality because they can be used to make people feel bad" but then goes on to outline them all. Ugh. I had hoped for something more progressive here. I figured I would give the book one more chance. So I read Chapter 5 ("How could a good God allow so much evil, pain, and suffering?) The answer was basically "that's just how it is and we have to live with it", and gave the standard answers I hear at church every Sunday -- pain can deepen our character, it gives a spiritual and eternal perspective, he uses pain to protect us from ourselves (what?!), etc. Sigh...no real answers here for a non-Christian asking the question, let alone a Christian sincerely struggling with the issue. I read the summaries of the rest of the chapters, but disappointingly it was more of the same. Mittelberg is a good and engaging writer, and (from my perspective) comes from a loving, caring, but conservative and traditional approach. For a more hopeful approach, I would recommend "A New Kind of Christianity" by Brian D. McLaren.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Book

    The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask by Mark Mittleberg "The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask" is an apologetics book that attempts to provide answers to difficult questions regarding faith. Author Mark Mittleberg makes a faith-based attempt to respond to some thought-provoking questions of today. Are his answers satisfactory? Find out what this freethinking reviewer has to say. This 350-page book is composed of ten chapters that cover a wide spectrum of inquiries. Positives: 1. The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask by Mark Mittleberg "The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask" is an apologetics book that attempts to provide answers to difficult questions regarding faith. Author Mark Mittleberg makes a faith-based attempt to respond to some thought-provoking questions of today. Are his answers satisfactory? Find out what this freethinking reviewer has to say. This 350-page book is composed of ten chapters that cover a wide spectrum of inquiries. Positives: 1. Generally well written and pleasant conversational tone used throughout. 2. Accessible book ideal for the masses. 3. The author does inject some humor into his prose. 4. I like the format of the book. Each chapter begins with the question that will be answered. At the end of each chapter it provides a summary of the question and answer. Plus thought-provoking questions and recommendation on how to approach a non-believer. Best thing about the book. 5. "If there were a culture in which men kept females as slaves and beat and raped them at will, we would be morally outraged." Good, because the Bible never denounces slavery as evil and in fact provides guidelines for it. We at least agreed on the first part. 6. The questions selected are thought provoking. 7. Links worked fine. Negatives: 1. The book fails miserably to answer questions to my satisfaction. In fact, it only strengthens what I call my realistic worldview. A worldview in which I try to the best of my ability to incorporate the best evidence that corresponds to reality. 2. Fails to define some basic terms that are essential in making compelling arguments. As an example, define truth. Furthermore, what is a Holy Spirit?? How can you tell an unholy spirit from a holy one? What characteristics does a spirit have that would enable me to know objectively that a "spirit" exists let alone how it works. 3. If you continue to use terms that are meaningless to me you can't possibly convince me to your argument. As an example, "Then, when I finally gave in to what I'm confident was the Holy Spirit drawing me to trust and follow Christ, I sensed his forgiveness and his acceptance as God's newly adopted son." Once again, what characteristics does a spirit have that would enable me to know objectively that a "spirit" exists let alone how it works. Sensed forgiveness, for what?? Acceptance for what?? 4. Prayers?? What objective evidence do you have that provides empirical evidence of its efficacy? 5. "We know he exists because he's our friend!" Really? Love me or go to Hell...does that sound like an arrangement between friends. Please, I'm so frustrated with this book. 6. Personal experiences are not reliable. There is nothing unusual about sensing things that do not exist. Religious believers of all kinds of beliefs have sensed different gods. It's impossible for all believers of different gods to be right... 7. So many poor arguments, "It can also influence those who have seen clear evidence of God's work in us, they can't see him, but they can see what he's done in our lives." Really? I'm a moral person. I'm successful...but I don't believe there is compelling evidence for gods yet I'm able to conduct myself in an ethical manner and others can see that. In fact, there is not a single moral act that you perform as a Christian that I can't do as an atheist. 8. The cosmological argument has been debunked for years. Who created "God"? The more interesting version is the Kalam argument; it maintains that the most plausible explanation for the universe coming into being is that "God" brought it into existence. The introduction of "God" only adds an even bigger mystery into the equation and says nothing about the characteristics of these gods. Furthermore, it begs the question that coming into existence does not apply to "God" who always existed (a faith-based claim not one based on compelling evidence). It is better to have the intellectual courage to accept that we don't know and continue to pursue answers instead of filling gaps of knowledge with gods than to claim to know without compelling evidence. If one thing history has shown us; given time, technology and curiosity, gaps of knowledge have been filled with superior natural explanations. In my further recommendations section of this review you will find a number of books that present much better arguments against the arguments for the existence of gods. You are welcome. 9. The fine-tuning argument is very weak. "The universe is not fine-tuned to us; we are fine-tuned to our particular universe." 10. The author makes misrepresentations. For instance, there is no scientific consensus that states a "divine designer" was involved in the creation of the universe. 11. "There are countless examples of goodness and virtue in our world." So what? There are countless examples of evil. Let me be kind and leave it at that. 12. The author's view of objective moral values is sickening! As a realist, I GROUND my morality on reason and logic. You can't ground your morality on an unsubstantiated supernatural entity. You must first establish the existence of gods, and then prove that your god is the right one and then and only then can you possibly ground your morality on the "right" god(s). Once again, there is not a single moral act that you perform as a Christian that I can't do as an atheist. 13. "We believe in many things that we don't see or directly experience with our senses -the virtue of love being a great example. Yet we see evidence of love through its effects. Similarly, we can't see God, but we can believe in him based on his work in us and in the universe around us." Really? Personal experiences do not necessarily correlate to reality. You can love your wife based on your personal experiences and have faith in her to be faithful only to find out that in fact she wasn't. So you as countless others of various faiths and gods at the disposition of humans all over the world may share common experiences of the supernatural and you may all be wrong. 14. "It's almost a cliché to say atheists are angry. But if your friends don't believe in God and do seem angry, ask why." Really?? It's more about being frustrated than angry. I'm frustrated that with everything we know about the world today we as a species still hold on to unsubstantiated beliefs in gods. We need to move on and have the courage to accept the facts no matter where they lead us and understand that there is no compelling evidence for a theme park called heaven. There is no compelling evidence of an afterlife and that we should rely in the best interest of all learn to love one another and work toward making this planet a better place to live in. 15. It's not about being anti-God it's about being pro-evidence. 16. The only difference between micro and macro evolution is time. Same principles and guidelines just more time. Don't let faith get in the way of the evidence. The consensus among biologists is clear: evolution (including micro and macro) is a scientific fact. Since evolution is true, we were not created we EVOLVED; Adam and Eve is a myth and original sin is a fallacy. 17. The author consistently inserts "gods" where humans lack knowledge this approach does not help in any way to properly answer the questions. 18. I can't forgive this author for misrepresenting evolution. The OVERWHELMING consensus among the subject matter experts (SMEs) around the world is that evolution is a fact (both micro and macro). To even attempt to minimize how strong the theory of evolution is among the SMEs is a disgrace and just fuels my contempt for such misleading assertions. It is one thing to state your case with certain biases; it is another to misrepresent the facts about science! An expert in the evolution-creationism controversy, professor and author Brian Alters, states that "99.9 percent of scientists accept evolution." That means about 500,000 scientists in the US support evolution over the alleged 800 scientists who don't! That's what I call overwhelming! I would never lower myself in misrepresenting the number of believers in the U.S. in such a manner with the purpose of deceiving. 19. "Darwin's theory does not explain the origin of the `stuff' that makes up the environment we live in..." the theory of evolution is about describing how diversity of life occurred over time not origins. That being said, it debunks this notion that Adam and Eve were created...humans evolved! Science doesn't know for a fact how life originated...but it does not cheat by claiming to know what it doesn't have evidence for, as theists have! 20. Genetic evidence proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that we share a common ancestor with the great apes. The same DNA that is used in the courts of law to determine paternity is used to determine common ancestry. Look up Chromosome #2. 21. So the proper answer to the question, "Didn't evolution put God out of a job?" In short, it puts the biblical god out of a job! We are not sure on other potential gods, superior beings, life forms perhaps and such but we can discard the biblical god since the Bible clearly got that wrong. Perhaps, just perhaps it may just be nature. 22. The Bible can't be trusted as a moral instrument. It endorses acts that we consider immoral today such as slavery just to name one. A book that was inspired by God should leave no room for doubt. The fact that the words were not protected for posterity as evidenced that we don't have the original copies should give any reasonable person pause. Furthermore, when one looks at the history of how the Bible was assembled well that leaves a lot to be desired. Add to that blatant scientific mistakes and errors of logic, and contradictions... 23. "How could a good God allow so much evil, pain, and suffering - or does he simply not care?" A good "God" simply doesn't exist...perhaps a bad one but not a good one based on the problem of evil. 24. "Our primary focus should be on affirming the positive model God gives us for sexual expression within a biblical marriage -between one man and one woman, for life." What at the expense of the "negative" model. Honestly, what do we say to hermaphrodites? "God" was wrong because "God" had nothing to do with the Bible, we can say so much with certainty. 25. "And why are Christians judgmental toward everyone who doesn't agree with them?' Because they are empowered by thinking they have the "right God" on their side and hence have the divine authority to impose... 26. "Why should I think that heaven really exists -and that God sends people to hell?" There is no compelling evidence for a theme park called heaven. There is no compelling evidence for an afterlife and thankfully no compelling evidence for hell. These were made up in order to provide religion with the tools to control societies by creating the disease and the cure. A way to create the fear and provide the hope...The notion that a good "God" would have the audacity to send otherwise good people to a burn in hell for eternity without compelling evidence for them 27. I must stop here...it would take me too much time and effort to go over all the negatives of this book. I can rarely read a page where I can't find an error, a misrepresentation, something that totally baffles me. I'm sorry this reviewer can only take so much! In summary, I had to stop my negatives to a point, otherwise, I would have been writing a book of refutation instead of a review. I don't enjoy giving bad reviews. It's not in my nature to do so but this book left me no other choice. I was expecting an even-handed, a valiant attempt to defend the indefensible but what I got instead was a book that totally misrepresents science with the purpose of elevating Christian faith. Clearly this author felt the need to resort to such tactics because faith can't stand on its own. I'm open-minded enough to listen to opposing views, on the other hand, I will not put up with blatant misrepresentations of the facts. The misrepresentation of Evolution is a total disappointment. This author went out of his way to LIE about evolution, what a shame! If you want to read about apologetics please go elsewhere, hopefully you will find someone who has the decency to represent the opposition without resorting to lies and misrepresentations. I was ashamed for the author. Further suggestions: "The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning..." by Victor J. Stenger, "50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God" Guy P. Harrison, "The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers" for John R. Shook, "Can We Be Good Without God?..." By Robert Buckman, "Bible Thumper to Atheist" by Tom Crawford, "Society without God" by Phil Zuckerman, "Why I am Not Christian" by Richard Carrier, "The Invention of the Jewish People" by Shlomo Sand, "Man Made God..." by Barbara G. Walker, "God and the Burden of Proof" by Keith M. Parsons, "God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist" by William Lane Craig, "Decoding the Language of God..." by George C. Cunningham and "Why I Became an Atheist" by John W. Loftus.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Woodson

    I’ve have learned so much by reading this and it has opened me up to a huge interest in apologetics. I can’t wait to read more like this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Solid on the basics A good resource to get people started in defending the faith. Written in a very conversational tone and easy to understand.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Butterworth

    Mark Mittelberg's book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with Answers), is a helpful manual for addressing many of the tough challenges posed to biblical faith. Based on a survey of one thousand self-proclaimed Christians, the book looks into the leading ten objections the faithful fear they may hear from others. Such objections include belief in God, science v. religion, hang-ups with abortion and homosexual practice, the reliability of the Bible, and so forth. Mittelberg does an Mark Mittelberg's book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with Answers), is a helpful manual for addressing many of the tough challenges posed to biblical faith. Based on a survey of one thousand self-proclaimed Christians, the book looks into the leading ten objections the faithful fear they may hear from others. Such objections include belief in God, science v. religion, hang-ups with abortion and homosexual practice, the reliability of the Bible, and so forth. Mittelberg does an outstanding job of providing thoughtful, well-researched, and pertinent arguments in defense of Christianity. He doesn't stop at that point, however. His last chapter is devoted to helping believers take the initiative in posing some questions of their own, that is, assisting them to move from defense to offense without being offensive. Mittelberg is careful throughout the book to remind his readers of the purpose of any conversation with those who have objections to the faith. It is not to win arguments but rather to win hearts. The real mission is not to convince people they are wrong about this or that issue but to lead them to Christ, who can transform their lives, not just change their minds.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Asking and answering many of the tough questions of the Christian faith: 1. How can we know God exists? 2. How can we know He is a morally good creator? 3. Didn't evolution negate the Christian creation account and the Christian faith? 4. Why trust the bible? 5. Jesus was a good teacher - why try to make him into the Son of God? 6. How could a good God allow so much evil, pain, and suffering? 7. Why is abortion such a big deal for Christians? Why can't women be left alone to make their own choic Asking and answering many of the tough questions of the Christian faith: 1. How can we know God exists? 2. How can we know He is a morally good creator? 3. Didn't evolution negate the Christian creation account and the Christian faith? 4. Why trust the bible? 5. Jesus was a good teacher - why try to make him into the Son of God? 6. How could a good God allow so much evil, pain, and suffering? 7. Why is abortion such a big deal for Christians? Why can't women be left alone to make their own choices? 8. Why do you condemn homosexuality when it's clear that God made gays and that he loves all people the same? 9. How can I trust Christianity when Christians are judgmental hypocrites? 10. Why should I believe that heaven exists, and that God sends some people to hell? The book does a great job of answering 1-7, and 8. Questions 9 and 10 are harder,and the book does a good job there but it felt to me like the book needed stronger answers to the complexity under both of those questions. Well researched, good structure, I recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Ma

    finaaaally got around to finishing it, think I gave up with 2 chapters left for a month or so. wanted to finish it since we left off halfway topics are good, helpful for an introduction to getting people really thinking about their beliefs and how to respond to their world around them -think I'd enjoy it a lot more if I read it around 9th or 10th grade? -it's a really nice as a basic beginner's look into apologetics so I have to give them that -bUT did you really have to simplify it so much that yo finaaaally got around to finishing it, think I gave up with 2 chapters left for a month or so. wanted to finish it since we left off halfway topics are good, helpful for an introduction to getting people really thinking about their beliefs and how to respond to their world around them -think I'd enjoy it a lot more if I read it around 9th or 10th grade? -it's a really nice as a basic beginner's look into apologetics so I have to give them that -bUT did you really have to simplify it so much that you use the new living translation...........in their defense i guess it does make it more accessible and less daunting for his target audience -stories are cute, feels interactive Yeah, all in all, it's really not for me. But every topic mittleberg introduces are very worthwhile diving further into, he does a good job rousing interest and encouraging students by pointing them to further resource and giving tips!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Harikrishnan Tulsidas

    I started reading it under the impression that it could help me - a Hindu - in understanding the border aspects of Christianity. Mark Mittelberg, however provides the narrowest possible solutions to the 10 foremost questions that Christians often ask about their own religion. He tries to teach fellow Christians how straitjacketed one could possibly be and glosses over many questions, especially those concerning evil, hell and freedom from miseries. In the end the book fails to a satisfactorily a I started reading it under the impression that it could help me - a Hindu - in understanding the border aspects of Christianity. Mark Mittelberg, however provides the narrowest possible solutions to the 10 foremost questions that Christians often ask about their own religion. He tries to teach fellow Christians how straitjacketed one could possibly be and glosses over many questions, especially those concerning evil, hell and freedom from miseries. In the end the book fails to a satisfactorily address almost all the questions. In his conservative quest Mark doesn't forget take a few jibes at other religions, especially Hinduism, his favorite stoning pillar. He admits religions like Hinduism speaks a few good things, but not the correct things. For example, Hinduism doesn't admit that 'Christ is the only way' and other sundry propositions. He has difficulty with an impersonal Hindu God (or god for Mark), or the fact that all merge back to that God and that encompass both good and evil. The Hindu God should have been squashed like a fly centuries ago and supplanted with that of Mark. In the book Mark claims this is in fact happening, albeit some six centuries late. He chooses to single out the tiny Hindu country of Nepal as the epitome of religious ill-treatment of God's people, a place where a grand success according to him is becoming visible. Among the almost 1 billion Hindus world-wide, he exhibits at least one specimen who actually grasped the 'truth that will set him free', a former Hindu priest who 'fed the idols'. To be true, this former priest could be called anything, but an Hindu, for Hindus do not worship idols. Hindus do worship the Deity in a temple or at home, and this Deity is believed to be the incarnation of the Supreme Person, just as Jehovah incarnated in many forms on earth - as a traveler, a fighter and also in the form of Jesus. This could be construed as a fantasy, but then all religions have similar constructs. The Hindu God is not impersonal as clamied by Mark. Hinduism does not teach dissolution of living beings back into an impersonal God. When Mark speaks of earthly life and evil, he mentions that hardships are occasional and extremely rare, in our long holiday amidst peace, happiness and plenty. Mark forgets that this come from the plunder his ancestors in Europe had let loose on an unsuspecting world, accompanied with sword, fire and the name of God on lips. This benevolent act was inaugurated in India, the land of Hindu God, but soon fanned out to rest of the world, including in the land Mark's predecessors claimed for themselves. The problem of evil, as that of the proof of existence of God, consumes both the religious and non - religious alike. Though the 'problem of pain and suffering does present challenges to the Christian faith' Mark takes comfort that 'small problems of biblical belief are far easier to live with than the big problems of any of these denials'. He has either misunderstood Hinduism or is deliberately lying, when he states that the impersonal God 'as is taught by these pantheistic world views' encompasses good and the evil. Neither Hindu God is impersonal, nor do living beings 'join with the very thing that contain evil within itself'. Hinduism do not deify evil. One can only wonder whether it is so in Christianity, where Lucifer -though fallen, of late - is the controller of all evil. Mark admits it was God who 'created the potential for evil' though not evil itself. Ultimately, he gives up saying 'it's better to grapple with the problem of evil than to deny it through atheism or deify it through Eastern pantheistic philosophies'. Mark does not seem to actually comprehend the biblical extortions such as 'here on earth you have many trails and sorrows' and that '...sickness and sin are illusions ...'. The bible further goes on urge intelligent people to awake from 'this mortal dream, or illusion, [that] will bring us into health, holiness, and immortality'. On the contrary he seems to believe that we are not 'temporary residents and foreigners' and we should forget the 'pervasive meaninglessness in this earthly life'. No wonder he is out of sync with Hindu scriptures which also states that 'the non permanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons' and therefore asks us to 'Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear'. Mark rightly points out that 'almost all of Jesus' companions lived lives of deprivation and suffering and died martyrs' deaths', but fails to explain why the present day church elders are noblemen, who live in palaces, some of them accomplished sexual perverts. They spent time in engaging in power politics, of the sort that put best of the politicians to shame. They spent endless hours discussing why Turkey should be kept outside European Union and other pedantic topics. The rest of their fruitful time is devoted to running schools, hospitals, banks and governments. No wonder church attendance dwindling in the land from which missionaries went forth. Rightly the bible calls them 'half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition ...' Just as he refers to 'The Da Vinci code' in a few places, and fails to touch open the central theme - Mary Magdalene - a constant companion of Jesus, who was condemned to be a prostitute by the church for centuries, and whom Mark fleetingly refers to as 'a formerly demon - possessed woman', Mark fails to drill down to the essence of 10 questions. Therefore, he spits venom on alternate world views and ends up with a flawed defense of Christianity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bob Bransdon

    We read this book as a group in our Men's Bible Study. It provides a very interesting perspective for Christians who are not sure how to answer questions from those sceptical of Christians or unbelievers. The questions included in the book are the most asked questions based on a national poll conducted by The Barna Group. Mark Mittleberg, the author did a huge amount of research before putting the book together. It includes discussion questions on each topic to assist group leaders who use the b We read this book as a group in our Men's Bible Study. It provides a very interesting perspective for Christians who are not sure how to answer questions from those sceptical of Christians or unbelievers. The questions included in the book are the most asked questions based on a national poll conducted by The Barna Group. Mark Mittleberg, the author did a huge amount of research before putting the book together. It includes discussion questions on each topic to assist group leaders who use the book in studies. It is interesting and enlightening reading for both Christians and non Christians or unbelievers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A good reminder Having read different books on apologetics, I liked the angle of this book, which was to link it to a conversational and non confrontational approach. The goal after all is to win people’s hearts, not win the conversation. Finally I’m encouraged to reminded again of the cumulative case for the existence of God, which creates an incredibly solid foundation for those who believe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jim Tolbert Jr.

    A faith that works where the rubber meets the road. Not an intellectual mind stretch by any means but a great place to start learning on a practical level how to answer some potentially conversation or witness effort ending questions. Good references for deeper study. Recommend this to anyone serious about sharing their faith in a winsome manner.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amber Elder

    This book has been extremely helpful in not only equipping me to answer difficult questions people might throw my way, but it has also been faith-strengthening. I would recommend this to anyone who is afraid of the difficult questions people might pose. It's a good springboard and will help you to dig deeper and know where to find answers to difficult questions. This book has been extremely helpful in not only equipping me to answer difficult questions people might throw my way, but it has also been faith-strengthening. I would recommend this to anyone who is afraid of the difficult questions people might pose. It's a good springboard and will help you to dig deeper and know where to find answers to difficult questions.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sam B

    Excellent. Thoughtfully composed and structured, highly informative and balanced, taking the time to respectfully acknowledge and address counterpoints. Fantastic resource

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sean McGowan

    Not really a fan of the title. In my opinion, all of these questions aren't ones that Christians hope no one will ask. This book was okay..some good, some not so good. Not really a fan of the title. In my opinion, all of these questions aren't ones that Christians hope no one will ask. This book was okay..some good, some not so good.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Very straightforward and explains well questions that people struggle with.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Helene Lene

    I think this book is a great starting point for apologetics. Will probably read it again someday.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    It is no secret that Christianity has been under attack for some time in our society in general. There are many people and forces that challenge the faith and the practice thereof. At the same time, many Christians feel very insecure about many of the questions raised about their faith. They do not feel qualified to answer many times, and therefore they get very apprehensive when the questions get raised. A recent Barna survey of people professing Christianity was established seeking to know what It is no secret that Christianity has been under attack for some time in our society in general. There are many people and forces that challenge the faith and the practice thereof. At the same time, many Christians feel very insecure about many of the questions raised about their faith. They do not feel qualified to answer many times, and therefore they get very apprehensive when the questions get raised. A recent Barna survey of people professing Christianity was established seeking to know what the questions were that they had difficulties answering. Mark Mittelberg has taken the results of this survey, with the top ten questions, and sets forth to provide answers and strategies for answers in The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. This is a novel strategy. Most of the questions addressed-- matters of the reliability of the Bible, the relationship between science and faith, whether Jesus is truly God the Son, the problem of evil and suffering, abortion, homosexuality, judgmentalism and Christian arrogance, and the afterlife-- are discussed in most apologetic and evangelism books. Most of the time the issues are addressed on their own basis, but Mittelberg approaches it as if a believer is fielding questions for an unbeliever. This approach is beneficial, for it provides opportunity to discuss not just the issue but also what is behind the issue. Mittelberg often discusses ways to approach the various issues with people. The last chapter is also appreciated: after providing answers to the questions, Mittelberg shows how the questioned can become the questioner, and prod the one asking the question to examine their own belief system in light of the truth of God in Christ and in Scripture. It also gives the author opportunity to be more personal: one can feel the passion in his answer about abortion (for better or worse), and his attempts toward compassion and understanding when discussing homosexuality, and so on and so forth. The answers tend to be rather good. Sometimes they get a bit simplistic, but such is understandable, considering that the author is trying to speak more to the "average" person. Using the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 as a paradigm for discussing homosexuality was quite good; I wish that he had used Scriptural narratives more as the basis of discussing other matters. Evangelical doctrines are not front and center, which is nice. Minor disagreements can be found in various places, but such is natural. One personal disagreement involves the suggestion that the questioner be directed toward the New Living Translation. Such a suggestion is a bit corporate (the NLT is published by Tyndale, the publisher of this book), and also misguided, for it will be harder to explain to a prospective believer why they are holding a Bible from which they cannot really make inferences because of the way that it has been translated while attempting to affirm the legitimacy and inspiration of Scripture. Better to recommend the English Standard Version (ESV), a more understandable formal equivalent translation, than a dynamic equivalent translation. Nevertheless, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask is a good resource. Believers will find comfort, encouragement, and answers in it. Even those with experience in apologetics and evangelism may gain from many of the suggestions and arguments presented. A book very worthy of consideration. *-- book received as part of early review program

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This is a pretty good book about common questions for Christians, and how to best address these questions with people that don't believe in what the Bible says or don't believe that Jesus is God. The questions are phrased as if they are coming from non-Christians. The questions addressed in this book are: 1. What makes you so sure that God exists at all - especially when you can't see, hear, or touch him? 2. Didn't evolution put God out of a job? Why rely on religion in an age of science and knowl This is a pretty good book about common questions for Christians, and how to best address these questions with people that don't believe in what the Bible says or don't believe that Jesus is God. The questions are phrased as if they are coming from non-Christians. The questions addressed in this book are: 1. What makes you so sure that God exists at all - especially when you can't see, hear, or touch him? 2. Didn't evolution put God out of a job? Why rely on religion in an age of science and knowledge? 3. Why trust the Bible, a book based on myths and full of contradictions and mistakes? 4. Everyone knows that Jesus was a good man and a wise teacher - but why try to make him into the Son of God, too? 5. How could a good God allow so much evil, pain, and suffering - or does he simply not care? 6. Why is abortion such a line in the sand for Christians - why can't I be left alone to make my own choices for my own body? 7. Why do you condemn homosexuality when it's clear that God made gays and that he loves people all the same? 8. How can I trust in Christianity when so many Christians are hypocrites? And why are Christians so judgmental toward everyone who doesn't agree with them? 9. Why should I think that heaven really exists - and that God sends people to hell?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zephyr Marquis

    Never again. Ever. Mittelberg is a good writer and has a voice I probably wouldn't mind listening to in real life. He speaks in a respectful manner and approaches each subject/question in his book with a certain amount of tact. But there are just some things I can't be forgiving of. Mainly, my issues are with the homosexuality and abortion chapters. In one fell swoop, Mittelberg tells the readers that homosexuality is a sin, uses examples from the bible to do so, and then tells us that women sho Never again. Ever. Mittelberg is a good writer and has a voice I probably wouldn't mind listening to in real life. He speaks in a respectful manner and approaches each subject/question in his book with a certain amount of tact. But there are just some things I can't be forgiving of. Mainly, my issues are with the homosexuality and abortion chapters. In one fell swoop, Mittelberg tells the readers that homosexuality is a sin, uses examples from the bible to do so, and then tells us that women shouldn't choose to have an abortion because, somehow, it's the equivalent of the holocaust. I am not making this up. You can't make that kind of bullcrap up, even if you tried. I picked this book up for free from amazon, out of curiousity. I only restrained from throwing it across the room because I love my iPod more than I hate this book. If you want to, and are also curious, check it out. Otherwise, leave me out of it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    David

    Great wee find this. Finished Chapter 1 on God's existence. Clear and readable. Good companion to "Questioning Evangelism"... Finished it all now. A helpful book, with some great quotes and illustrations. However, there are some parts which caused me difficulty, eg: 1. He writes that God doesn't commit "divine rape" by forcing His love on anyone against their will. 2. God went ahead with creation because he knew that some of us would choose to follow Him. 3. His chapter on homosexuality assumes som Great wee find this. Finished Chapter 1 on God's existence. Clear and readable. Good companion to "Questioning Evangelism"... Finished it all now. A helpful book, with some great quotes and illustrations. However, there are some parts which caused me difficulty, eg: 1. He writes that God doesn't commit "divine rape" by forcing His love on anyone against their will. 2. God went ahead with creation because he knew that some of us would choose to follow Him. 3. His chapter on homosexuality assumes some people will have a homosexual orientation without really addressing why. 4. He appears to place the indwelling of the Spirit in a person AFTER they receive Christ/ conversion. 5. He seems to be saying that only a "capricious deity" would send people to hell, and that people actually condemn themselves by not turning to Christ.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Free Kindle book. Did not expect much, got less. The author's favorite tactic is God of the Gaps -science doesn't tell us everything, therefore God exists. Poor on physics, biology, history, and philosophy. In fact, not sure that the author understands the scientific method or citations. Slightly better on apologetics. For a person that likes to bring up Richard Dawkins and quote Mark Twain, I have to wonder if Mr. Mittelberg has ever bothered to read books from either. I enjoy armchair philosoph Free Kindle book. Did not expect much, got less. The author's favorite tactic is God of the Gaps -science doesn't tell us everything, therefore God exists. Poor on physics, biology, history, and philosophy. In fact, not sure that the author understands the scientific method or citations. Slightly better on apologetics. For a person that likes to bring up Richard Dawkins and quote Mark Twain, I have to wonder if Mr. Mittelberg has ever bothered to read books from either. I enjoy armchair philosophy, such as the teleological arguments. I also happen to like the counter arguments, of which Mr. Mittelberg either has no knowledge or doesn't care. All in all, the first three chapters make the remainder of the book unnecessary.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike Davis

    The title is misleading. It is a lure to agnostics and atheists who might think there are good questions here to refute Christianity. This book is, in fact, an attempt at defense of those uncomfortable questions that believers struggle to confront. In the end, the author uses scripture to defend scripture, which is a circular reference, and creates answers with little or no basis which are then used to justify the author's beliefs and ongoing defense. There is little or nothing here that is new o The title is misleading. It is a lure to agnostics and atheists who might think there are good questions here to refute Christianity. This book is, in fact, an attempt at defense of those uncomfortable questions that believers struggle to confront. In the end, the author uses scripture to defend scripture, which is a circular reference, and creates answers with little or no basis which are then used to justify the author's beliefs and ongoing defense. There is little or nothing here that is new or unique to long time Christians who have chosen to ignore the errors and filters and chosen scripture through which Christianity is interpreted and expressed. On the other hand, it may well be a comfort to those who have strong faith devoid of critical thinking.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    With such a heavy topic, I took my time reading it and read books between chapters. I wish I had read this one before all the others I read (Lee Strobel aside) to help me answer questions. There were a couple questions he asked within chapters with answers I felt could satisfy me, but not someone trying to poke holes in what I believe, however I do feel this book answered better than anything I've read. It was simple and to the point and I highly recommend this as a starting point to everyone. H With such a heavy topic, I took my time reading it and read books between chapters. I wish I had read this one before all the others I read (Lee Strobel aside) to help me answer questions. There were a couple questions he asked within chapters with answers I felt could satisfy me, but not someone trying to poke holes in what I believe, however I do feel this book answered better than anything I've read. It was simple and to the point and I highly recommend this as a starting point to everyone. He spoke briefly at my church, which is where I picked this book, and I know I will reference it and refer back to it again and again.l

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers) was a good look at some hard questions. Each chapter started with an illustration, and then provided background information on the question, supporting scriptures, and responses on how you can answer. The book is good for new Christians to help understand some basic doctrinal issues such as Abortion, Homosexuality, the validity of the Bible, etc. It is also helpful for new and old Christians in providing good responses when discussing The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers) was a good look at some hard questions. Each chapter started with an illustration, and then provided background information on the question, supporting scriptures, and responses on how you can answer. The book is good for new Christians to help understand some basic doctrinal issues such as Abortion, Homosexuality, the validity of the Bible, etc. It is also helpful for new and old Christians in providing good responses when discussing these potentially volatile issues with others.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cashie

    This book addresses some of the major hot button questions for Christians, and it does a fairly good job. Granted, it is not a science book or a history book, but it gives enough information to give a good response. Furthermore, I liked that the book continually encourages believers to speak truth/respond to questions with grace. Also, it has a list of books at the end if you wish to do more research.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    A very informative book on how to address some of the toughest questions you'll be faced with as a Christian. The arguments presented cover everything from evolution to the problem of evil in the world. Mittelberg addresses the questions through both logical & spiritual channels, but always brings it back to engaging people through loving relationships & understanding what's at the heart of their objections rather than just being defensive. A very informative book on how to address some of the toughest questions you'll be faced with as a Christian. The arguments presented cover everything from evolution to the problem of evil in the world. Mittelberg addresses the questions through both logical & spiritual channels, but always brings it back to engaging people through loving relationships & understanding what's at the heart of their objections rather than just being defensive.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    Great topics and viewpoints to think about. I like the author's mature approach in encouraging his audience to not try to "win arguments" or always have the "right answers." Nothing wrong with having thoughtful answers and responses, but sometimes the best thing to do is just listen. As he points out, many people's objections to Christianity are also shared by Jesus Himself. Great topics and viewpoints to think about. I like the author's mature approach in encouraging his audience to not try to "win arguments" or always have the "right answers." Nothing wrong with having thoughtful answers and responses, but sometimes the best thing to do is just listen. As he points out, many people's objections to Christianity are also shared by Jesus Himself.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lillie

    The book answers nine questions that came out of a Barna survey on the questions Christians feel unqualified to answer. I thought some of the answers were better than others, but the book can definitely help Christians, especially newer Christians, articulate why we believe some of the things we believe.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    A very practical and understandable book to help those who are a little afraid of the questions non-Christians will ask concerning the life and beliefs of a Christ follower. Also works well in a Bible study setting, a d encourages both Christians and non-Christians to seek and find our own answers by reading the Bible.

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