12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion
By Rebecca McLaughlin
She tackles these questions, a chapter at a time:
- Aren’t we better off without religion?
- Doesn’t Christianity crush diversity?
- How can you say there is only one true faith?
- Doesn’t religion hinder morality?
- Doesn’t religion cause violence?
- How can you take the Bible literally?
- Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?
- Doesn’t Christianity denigrate women?
- Isn’t Christianity homophobic?
- Doesn’t the Bible condone slavery?
- How could a loving God allow so much suffering?
- How could a loving God send people to hell?
McLaughin has a PhD in literature from Cambridge University. She currently (as of 2020) lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is home to Harvard and MIT. I mention these details because you get the impression she is someone who not only knows the conversations but knows their current tones and nuances. This is a major strength of her book.
It is caring and careful.
McLaughin’s writing is also well-researched and well-cited. This book would serve as a great resource for cataloging contemporary articles and statistics on these topics.
Because the questions are handled so clearly and concisely (and with footnotes), this book could be used as a conversation starter to work through with a sincere seeker.
I gladly commend McLaughlin’s book to you. And I welcome your feedback or questions about it.
McLaughlin, R. (2019). Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. Crossway.