Christianity is the most widespread global belief system, and promises to remain so well into the future. But for many educated westerners, biblical Christianity is a dangerous idea—challenging some of their deepest beliefs.
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. 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. Jesus becomes not a relic from the ancient world, but our modern world’s best hope.
Here’s how the study would break out. We would address two questions each evening. Take about 30 minutes with each one and leave some time for Q&A. Bob Lepine, Teaching Pastor, plans to facilitate all six sessions but may invite others to lead one or more of the discussions.
June 8 – cancelled due to weather
June 15 –
Aren’t we better off without religion? Doesn’t Christianity crush diversity?
June 22 –
How can you say there is only one true faith? Doesn’t religion hinder morality?
June 29 –
Hasn’t science disproved Christianity? Doesn’t Christianity denigrate women?
July 6 – Week off
July 13 –
Doesn’t religion cause violence? How can you take the Bible literally?
July 20 –
Isn’t Christianity homophobic? Doesn’t the Bible condone slavery?
How could a loving God allow so much suffering? How could a loving God send people to hell?