Why God Probably Exists; Why Jesus Was Probably Divine; and Why the Rational Objections to Faith Are Unconvincing
Author: Roy Williams
Publisher: Monarch Books
Former agnostic, Roy Williams, was skeptical and uninterested in religious issues until his first child was born. But when he and his wife decided to take their daughter to Sunday school, Roy discovered that the Bible was full of wisdom and insight. Over the next several years, he began studying the Bible and eventually was willing to acknowledge Christ as his Lord. In God, Actually, Roy discusses the questions he asked on his journey from agnostic to believer, including: what is the best explanation for the physical universe? what should we think about Jesus? how can we usefully address the question of suffering? and more This book is packed full of pithy, judicious arguments. It draws widely upon philosophy and the arts, and its tone is lucid, fair-minded, and vigorous. "[The] book is a very considerable achievement. It is exceptionally well-written, and carefully nuanced on all the crunch points." and mdash;Graham N. Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge
This is the first book I wrote about my views on Christianity, however it's been revised and updated twice.I often wondered whether or not God actually said some of the things in the Bible and truly believe today... there is absolutely no way the intelligence, all knowing, super entity Christians often refer to as God could have written the Bible.Bible verses like "Thou Shalt Not Kill," yet followers of this magical book have been killing people for centuries. Then we have Old Testament authors providing us with information about divorce.According to the Old Testament you're allowed to simply kick your wife out of the house and you're divorced. However, the New Testament provides us with a completely different description, but have you ever stopped and asked yourself why?Here's one of my favorites, Jesus died for your sins, yet Christians continue to ask for forgiveness. What about this one, As long as you proclaim Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior you'll be rewarded with a miraculous fantasy filled eternal life.Until you read other parts of the Bible. It doesn't take superior intellect or years of biblical study to figure out there's more than one problem with Christianity and its Holy Scriptures.If you're honestly looking for a realistic perspective that will knock your socks off, then you must read this book.
Muslim responses to Christianity down the ages have been shaped by diverse factors. One of the primary stumbling blocks has been Muslim misperceptions of Christian core beliefs about the person of Jesus and the nature of God. This study includes a practical example of contextualisation which should provide great insights to Christians who are trying to explain their faith to Muslims in diverse contexts.
An important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book `Evil and the God of Love`. &; Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent,omniscient and good and that what we deem to be bad or evil in the world is no reason for abandoning belief in God. It is an intellectual or theoretical problem not one where the focus is on how one might bring about some desirable goal ( a practical matter). &; Professor Davies says we should tackle this problem by attending to the basics, by asking whether there is a God and then What is God? he starts by summarizing the arguments so far (from Seneca to the present day). He then moves to what he describes as the basics (see above) and demonstrates that much of what has been written about on the topic of evil is in fact irrelevant or just plain wrong. &; Finally, though many theologians argue that evil is a mystery, Davies argues that this too is wrong and a cop out. We should rather be concerned with the problem (or mystery) of good. The real issue is ` Why is there not more good than there is`. From the discussion Aquinas emerges as a hero (as filtered through analytical philosophy) but many moderns thinkers do not emerge so well. Davies effectively picks holes int e arguments of Peter Geach, Paul Helm, Richard Swinburne and even Mary Baker Eddy. &; This is a lively book on a tricky subject, written at all times with humour and much practical example.
Substantially re-written and updated, this edition of 'The Existence of God' presents arguments such as the existence of the laws of nature, 'fine-tuning' of the universe, moral awareness and evidence of miracles, to prove the case that there is a God.
Contrary to what many philosophers believe, Calvinism neither makes the problem of evil worse nor is it obviously refuted by the presence of evil and suffering in our world. Or so most of the authors in this book claim. While Calvinism has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years amongst theologians and laypersons, many philosophers have yet to follow suit. The reason seems fairly clear: Calvinism, many think, cannot handle the problem of evil with the same kind of plausibility as other more popular views of the nature of God and the nature of God's relationship with His creation. This book seeks to challenge that untested assumption. With clarity and rigor, this collection of essays seeks to fill a significant hole in the literature on the problem of evil.
Does it feel like God has stopped listening to your prayers? Do you approach prayer with confidence or with confusion? Perhaps you have given up organized prayer entirely, resorting to monotonous, habitual, shallow repetitions--day after day after day. This work will address these and other questions we all have about communicating with God. In these pages you will find straight talk about substantial pitfalls along the road to authentic prayer. Dr. Tom Hauff provides an in-depth investigation into the ways we pray, the goals prayer should accomplish, and how we respond to God's answers. You will find that God has not stopped listening and that prayer does not have to be confusing. It can be vibrant and life-giving, productive and encouraging, but there is a key to such a prayer life. In this book, in an easily accessible way, Dr. Hauff unfolds this foundational key: We genuinely communicate in prayer only when we learn to listen honestly to God.
Genesis 1–11: God Makes a Start is an excellent Bible study resource for teens wanting a better understanding of how and why God created the world, and why the earliest events of the Bible should matter to us today.Designed as a guided discovery, Six Weeks with the Bible for Catholic Teens introduces high school students to books of the Bible by integrating the biblical text with insightful questions to help youth discern what Scripture means for their lives today. The series provides students with a clear explanation of Biblical text, opportunities for prayer, and a means to enter into conversation with God.
Experienced spiritual director Alice Fryling presents an overview of what group spiritual direction is and how it is practiced, offering practical step-by-step guidance for those who would like to start, lead or particpate in group spiritual direction.