Here is a book that any Christian should have as a reference. There are other similar books which attempt to answer key questions regarding God, the Bible, theology, etc. Often Christians find themselves in difficult and embarrassing situations because they are asked hard questions and do not know how to respond. You know some of the questions: Where did the Bible come from? Who wrote the Bible? Where did the universe come from? What is God’s ultimate purpose in allowing evil? Why is Islam growing among black Americans?
We could go on with the topics covered in this helpful book. Because of the diversity of authors, some responses are better than others. Yet each one will give you some points to consider when faced with difficult questions. I agree with Ravi Zacharias that we are living in a time in which the church needs to be able to respond with intelligent answers to the questions being raised. This would be a helpful book for college students to have available.
I’ll site two or three excerpts from the responses to various questions to give you an idea of how the answers go. Question: Why does God not immediately do away with evil? Answer, in part: “Even though God’s ultimate solution to the problem of evil awaits the future, as I have argued, God has even now taken steps to ensure that evil doesn’t run utterly amok. God has given us human government to withstand lawlessness. God founded the church to be a light in the midst of darkness…”
“Are the copies of the Bible reliable? The biblical scribes were meticulous in how they copied Scripture. The overall reliability has been measured in several ways. First, with regard to any major doctrine in the Bible, there has been no loss whatsoever…. The Bible claims to be the Word of God. Both the internal and external evidence overwhelmingly reveal the accuracy…”
A third question: How might the church reach out to black Muslims? “Before the church can reach black Muslims, the church must first seek to mend the rift that exists between black and white Christians in America…. Once the black and white churches have buried the hatchet of divisiveness, they must collectively engage in local Islamic organizations in dialogue about the problems of race and make a good-faith effort to assist in rebuilding the black community.”
Those are some samples of the expanded answers in the book to those and many other questions. Contributors to this volume are William Lane Craig, Ronald Rhodes, L. T. Jeyachandran, Lee Strobel, and Robert White, along with Zacharias and Geisler.