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Answering the Hard Questions
A Blog Inviting Open Dialogue
The aim of this blog is to confront the challenges to Christianity by unbelievers, skeptics, and would-be believers regarding major topics and questions in today’s world. It likewise seeks to summarize the major arguments for critical Christian teachings, and refutations of the principal arguments against Christianity. Simply, this is an engagement with the “Hard Questions” we all ask from time-to-time, and the “Hard Answers” we sometimes avoid or misunderstand as believers and unbelievers.
Our Scriptural directive for this endeavor is Colossians 4:5, Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone. And in I Peter 3:15, But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess; 3:16 yet, do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you.
Our desired conversation partners are the Church body at large, and sincere skeptics and critics regarding the Christian faith. A menu of the type of questions we would like to tackle and discuss in an intelligent and fair manner:
- Do faith and reason conflict?
- Does God exist?
- Is the Bible myth, philosophy or truth?
- Is Christianity the only true religion?
- Does the Bible allow for the teaching of evolution?
- How can a loving God allow evil to exist?
- Was Jesus more than a man?
- Are miracles possible? Was Jesus truly raised from the dead?
- Is there life after death? A heaven? A hell?
- Is marriage limited to a man and a woman, or does the Bible allow for alternatives? What does the Bible teach about human sexuality and relationships?
- Is there a need for the institutional, local church?
We look forward to in-depth discussions with all who seek the Truth and remain open to learning from others, regardless of our present understandings and beliefs.