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Banned questions about the Bible, Christian Piatt ; with Becky Garrison ... [et al.], (electronic resource)

Banned questions about the Bible
Banned questions about the Bible
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Christian Piatt ; with Becky Garrison ... [et al.]
Where did Adam and Eve's kids find spouses? Does God justify violence in scripture? Does the Bible call for sexual purity? (and what qualifies as pure and impure?) Ever get the feeling that you can't ask those kinds of questions at church? But if we can't ask the tough, keep-you-awake-at-night questions within our faith communities, then what good are those communities? Listen in as more than a dozen contributors-whose ranks include a recovering consumer, a religious satirist, and a seminary president--discuss the questions your Sunday school teachers were afraid to answer. From Christian Piatt: "When I was a teenager, my youth minister threw a bible at my head for asking questions. Too often, for various reasons, people don't have the opportunity to ask the hard questions they have about faith, religion, salvation and the bible. And when questions are left unanswered in communities of faith, people either seek answers elsewhere or lose interest all together. "The purpose of the series is to collect the most compelling and challenging questions from various theological areas and pose them to a panel of "experts" who are challenged with responding in two hundred words or less in plain English. This volume addresses challenging or controversial questions about scripture collected from people on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networking media. "Respondents include theology professors, clergy, lay leaders, liberals, conservatives and voices representing a spectrum of views. The idea behind the books is not so much to provide definitive answers as it is to stimulate thought, reflection and discussion. By offering multiple perspectives, readers have the opportunity to arrive at their own questions. Better, they come to understand that questioning faith is not taboo, but rather that it can be at the foundation of a strong and growing faith. "The directive given to each respondent guided them to be concise and to speak in plan language, but also not to rely exclusively on "the Bible says it" justifications, or to wax abstract or overly intellectual. Instead, they write from personal experience as much as possible, and provide real-life contexts that will allow the average seeker or churchgoer to apply such ideas to their daily lives."
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Banned questions about the Bible, Christian Piatt ; with Becky Garrison ... [et al.], (electronic resource)
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Introduction: Why a Book about Banned Questions? -- Questions: -- 1. Can I be a Christian if I dont believe the Bible is perfect, handed down directly from God to humanity without error? -- 2. If Adam and Eve were the first (and only) people on Earth, where did their kids spouses come from? Did they marry each other? And if everyone on Earth but Noahs family was killed in a great flood, did Noahs kids sleep with each other? Isnt this a sin? -- 3. Arent women treated poorly throughout the Bible? Why would any intelligent modern woman today even want to read the Bible? -- 4. How can a God be all-loving yet allow people to be thrown into hell? -- 5. What does 8220;apocalypse8221; mean, and does the Bible predict one? -- 6. What does the Bible really say about homosexuality? -- 7. What are the Apocrypha, the Gnostic Gospels, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and why are they considered holy or sacred by some and not by others? -- 8. Doesnt the Bible condone slavery? -- 9. Was the book of Revelation written in code? Or had the author gone crazy? Was he hallucinating? Were the images portrayed to be taken literally? -- 10. Why havent any new books been added to the Bible in almost two thousand years? Is there a chance that any new books will ever be added? Why or why not? -- 11. Is it true that the Ten Commandments found in the Bible are almost a copy of the Code of Hammurabi, which has been around longer? Why not just include the Code of Hammurabi instead of having a whole new set of rules? -- 12. Did God write the Bible? If so, why didnt God simply create it miraculously, rather than using so many people over thousands of years to write it down? -- 13. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament? Why? -- 14. Does the Bible ever refer to itself as 8220;the Bible8221;? If not, where did the name 8220;Bible8221; come from? -- 15. How do we reconcile the Old Testament command for vengeance (eye for an eye) with Jesus command to turn the other cheek and love our enemies? -- 16. Is there a right or wrong way to read the Bible? -- 17. How do we reconcile the two different 8220;creation stories8221; presented in Genesis chapters one and two? -- 18. Since the Bible isnt in alphabetical or chronological order, how did it get in its current order? -- 19. Is there a scriptural basis for God changing Gods mind? Why? -- 20. Does God justify violence in scripture? What about genocide? -- 21. Why is the gospel of John so different from the other three gospels? -- 22. Hell, Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, and Tartarus are all labeled as 8220;hell8221; by most Christians. Are they really the same? Are they all places of fiery torment? Are such things to be taken literally, metaphorically, or as myth? -- 23. Are there secret codes embedded in scripture? What are they? -- 24. How can we begin to take the Bible literally when it seems to contradict itself so often? -- 25. If I dont believe every word of the Bible is literally true, how do I know what to consider in context and what to set aside? -- 26. In the Old Testament, God seems to be actively involved in world events. In the New Testament, God is portrayed as less interventionist but still directly involved. Now, it seems God is much more abstract. What happened, and is this a good or a bad thing? -- 27. Why would a merciful God allow Jobs family and fortune to be taken away, and why would God ask Abraham to kill his own son? -- 28. Is it true that both the gospel of John and the book of Revelation almost werent canonized (included in the Bible)? why? Who got to decide which
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