By Guy P. Harrison
Written in a deferential and conversational variety, this precise publication is designed to advertise positive discussion and foster mutual figuring out among Christians and non-Christians. the writer, a skeptic and journalist, asks easy questions on Christian trust.
What is the born-again event? Why may God are looking to sacrifice his merely son for the realm? Do miracles fairly occur? How trustworthy is the Bible? what's the rapture? Why isn't all people a Christian? each one query is by way of remark and research that's skeptical and difficult yet by no means argumentative or condescending.
Christians will locate the publication necessary as a foundation for constructing their apologetics, whereas skeptics will welcome Harrison's probing rational research of spiritual claims.
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