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What Bothers Me Most about Christianity: Honest Reflections from an Open-Minded Christ Follower [Paperback]

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Pages   243
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 2, 2009
Publisher   Howard Books
ISBN  1416592555  
EAN  9781416592556  

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A provocative and lighthearted analysis of ten questions often posed by both opponents of Christianity and believers explains why holding true to one's beliefs does not require the abandonment of intellect and how various mysteries are integral to the faith. Original.

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"New York Times "bestselling author ed Gungor offers a provocative look at the questions that bother not only opponents of Christianity but dedicated believers as well. with candor and good will, Gungor joins the discussion generated by the multitude of atheistic books currently in the market and offers a thoughtful, reasonable response.
In "What Bothers Me Most about Christianity," Pastor Ed Gungor owns up to the valid criticism that affronts Christianity. With his trademark sense of humor and unabashed honesty, Gungor explores the ten most troublesome aspects of Christianity, addressing questions such as: "Why does a loving God allow evil to exist in His world? If the Christian church is so good, then why have so many horrible acts been committed in its name? Why was God so harsh to His children in the Old Testament?
Maintaining that having faith is not intellectual suicide and that mystery is an essential quality of the Christian belief, "What Bothers Me Most about Christianity "opens up the forum for amicable discussion between thinking people on both sides of the debate, from aggressive atheists to unswerving Christian believers. Gungor maintains that balancing faith and reason is indeed possible and that devoted Christ followers need not shy away from asking the tough questions. As he guides readers through these fundamental issues, they will find that their honest wrestling will actually bring them to a deeper, more mature understanding of faith.

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Good book, but why put Biblical citations in the end notes?  Feb 15, 2010
This is an interesting book that asks questions most adults are too polite to ask out loud.

But why did the author, or more likely the editor, put all the Biblical citations in the end notes instead of incorporating them in the text? This makes it much more difficult to check the Bible references Gungor uses to support his ideas. It detracts from the value of the book.
Lacks Real Depth  Jan 19, 2010
This book was very disappointing. The author's positions and arguments lack real depth, and in some cases seem to be based on nothing more than personal opinion. At times, his opinions (I quote Gungor's words below) reflect the arrogance of some Christians that he speaks against:

"Their stories (religions other than Christian) reinterpret real God events into false stories. Hence, the true God remains unknown to them." (p84)

"The gods of other religions are not gods at all - they are worthless idols." (p93)

I followed up on some of Gungor's chapter end notes. I randomly checked a few non-biblical references from Chapter 4. Notes 5, 6, and 7 reference specific websites that, when checked, indicate "page not found".

After reading books by Christian authors such as Marcus Borg and John Shelby Spong, I find Gungor's writing to be simple-minded rather than "open-minded" as his subtitle suggests.
A faith-saver  Jan 11, 2010
For those who feel no one is addressing the new skeptics' arguments, "What Bothers Me Most" is a great starting-point. Warm-hearted & engaging, this paperback is a heart-opening introduction to dialogue about biblical faith.

For those looking for an equally-readible (but fuller) treatment of troubling issues, follow up Gungor with Tim Keller's "The Reason For God". Both of these books reach out to the post-modern generation struggling with aspects of the Bible. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
Refreshingly Candid  Oct 28, 2009
I was very pleased with this book. It is open and frank about what so many people think but never say outloud for fear of looking weak or less than "faithful".
Thought provoking, entertaining and full of moments where you say "EXACTLY!"
Great book  Jul 17, 2009
A great book for anyone who has honest questions about Christianity, but are afraid to ask them. The author takes a thought-provoking look at nine things that bother him about Christianity, and covers them in style. A book we all need to read. It will help affirm your faith.

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