Confronting Christianity

by Pastor Tom Anderson

Rebecca McGlaughlin holds a Phd in Renaissance literature from Cambridge. She and her husband moved to America where he teaches at MIT. McGlaughlin is a very accomplished woman who also holds a theology degree from Oakhill college. She is a mother of three. It was a pleasure and a real encouragement to read her new book Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. She writes from a deeply held and thoroughly Biblical faith. She and her family are active members of a church in Boston.

McGlaughlin introduces her work by calling our attention to a little acknowledged fact (at least in Europe and America): the world is becoming increasingly religious. At the current rate of growth there will be more Christians in China than all of America by 2030. And by 2050 China will be half Christian. This could be of great significance for the future of relations between China and the West. Even in America, orthodox Bible-based Christianity is growing as more liberal church expressions decline. Forty percent of children raised in non-religious homes become religious as adults. She observes, “The question for the next generation is not ‘How soon will religion die?’ but ‘Christianity or Islam?’”

For many secular people in the West, the expansion of religion is a troubling thought since religion--particularly Christianity--is widely blamed for numerous social ills. These concerns form the 12 questions which are the chapters of her book:

  1. Are we better off without religion?

  2. Doesn’t Christianity crush diversity?

  3. How can you say there is only one true faith?

  4. Doesn’t religion hinder morality?

  5. Doesn’t religion cause violence?

  6. How can you take the Bible literally?

  7. Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?

  8. Doesn’t Christianity denigrate women?

  9. Isn’t Christianity homophobic?

  10. Does the Bible condone slavery?

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