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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. 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. Solid on the basicsA good resource to get people started in defending the faith Written in a very conversational tone and easy to understand. 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 Further, 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 Helldoes 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 successfulbut 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 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 Further, 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 clich to say atheists are angry But if your friends don t believe in God and do seem angry, ask why Really It s 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 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 createdhumans evolved Science doesn t know for a fact how life originatedbut 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 Further, 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 existperhaps 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 hopeThe 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 hereit 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. ( Download ) ♫ The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask ♪ 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 Than Just A Good Teacher Why Are Christians So Judgmental Some Questions Can Stop A Conversation Today, Than Ever, People Are Raising Difficult, Penetrating Questions About Faith, God, And The Bible Based On An Exclusive New Barna Survey Of , 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 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. 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. 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. 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. Excellent Thoughtfully composed and structured, highly informative and balanced, taking the time to respectfully acknowledge and address counterpoints Fantastic resource