Can We Still Believe in God?
Answering Ten Contemporary Challenges to Christianity
- Pub. Date
- Jun 2020
People regularly give certain reasons for not believing in God, but they are much less aware of what the New Testament actually teaches. Although challenges to Christianity are perennial and have frequently been addressed, they are noticeably more common today and are currently of particular interest among evangelicals.
Skeptics of Christianity often ask highly regarded biblical scholar and popular speaker Craig Blomberg how he can believe in a faith that seems so problematic. How can God allow evil and suffering? Isn't the Bible anti-women, anti-gay, and proslavery? Isn't the New Testament riddled with contradictions? What about the nature of hell, violence in Scripture, and prayer and predestination? Following the author's successful Can We Still Believe the Bible?, this succinct and readable book focuses on what the New Testament teaches about ten key reasons people give for not believing in God.
1. If There Is a God, Why Does He Allow So Much Suffering and Evil?
2. Must All the Unevangelized Go to Hell (and What Is Hell)?
3. Slavery, Gender Roles, and Same-Sex Sexual Relations
4. The Meaning of the Miracles
5. Weren't the Stories of Jesus Made Up from Greco-Roman Myths?
6. How Should We Respond to All the Violence in the Bible?
7. The Problems of Prayer and Predestination
8. What about All the Apparent Contradictions in the Gospels?
9. Hasn't the Church Played Fast and Loose with Copying and Translating the New Testament?
10. The Alleged Undesirability of the Christian Life
"Rather than shy away from some of the most provocative questions of our age, Dr. Blomberg addresses them through thoughtful biblical teaching and insightful commentary. Whether you're searching for answers to some of the toughest issues for yourself or someone else, this is a must-read. Highly recommended."
Margaret Feinberg, popular speaker and author of Taste and See
"Craig Blomberg has developed a reputation for walking where angels fear to tread, taking on controversial areas and making them clear. This work is no exception. Can We Still Believe in God? takes on some of the most problematic questions asked today and walks through them, with biblical options presented. He even nuances some topics to allow for why a specific choice may not be clear. One learns much in that journey while having faith strengthened through a look at why faith in God not only matters but makes the most sense out of life."
Darrell L. Bock, executive director for cultural engagement, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement, senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
"This book provides a valuable, gracious, multifaceted, and welcoming response to key questions of nonbelievers that invite the expertise of a mature New Testament scholar such as Craig Blomberg."
Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
"This book is a most excellent and elegant demonstration of the seasoned wisdom, profound compassion, and rigorous scholarship that our Lord Jesus Christ has graciously equipped Craig Blomberg with. The author addresses brilliantly the most difficult questions that trigger doubt and suspicion about God and Christianity in the minds of numerous people. This is a must-read for every Christian and non-Christian who is struggling with the credibility and trustworthiness of the gospel and the truth claims of the Christian faith. I look forward to giving a copy of this book to an atheist friend that I love."
Sung Wook Chung, professor of Christian theology, Denver Seminary
"Over the years, Craig Blomberg has been a reliable guide in New Testament studies. His work has been a valuable resource for many Christian apologists, who have profitably drawn on his sturdy scholarship on the Gospels and the historical Jesus. And in this volume, Blomberg brings us much distilled wisdom, apologetic insight, and pastoral sensitivity in his evenhanded, biblically informed treatment of key contemporary questions concerning belief in God."
Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University; author of Loving Wisdom: A Guide to Philosophy and Christian Faith