Written in a respectful and conversational style, this unique book is designed to promote constructive dialogue and foster mutual understanding between Christians and non-Christians. The author, a skeptic and journalist, asks basic questions about Christian belief.
- What is the born-again experience?
- Why would God want to sacrifice his only son for the world?
- Do miracles really happen?
- How reliable is the Bible?
- What is the Rapture?
- Why isn’t everyone a Christian?
Each question is with commentary and analysis that is skeptical and tough, but never argumentative or condescending.
Christians will find the book useful as a basis for developing their apologetics, while skeptics will welcome Harrison’s probing rational analysis of religious claims.
“The insight here into a skeptic’s mind compares to theologian Gregory Boyd’s Letters from a Skeptic. Both Christians and skeptics will enjoy this book for different reasons. Recommended for Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens fans as well as fans of apologetics such as Timothy Keller’s Reason for God.“
— Library Journal
“A creative, witty, and engaging book … Although (at least ostensibly) written for Christians, I urge atheists to read 50 Simple Questions. While the questions and answers themselves are entertaining, it is Harrison’s approach that is most innovative and important. We skeptics would do well to adopt Harrison’s method of encouraging the religious to question their beliefs, since respect, rather than clearly displayed contempt, is far more likely to win hearts and minds.”
— The American Rationalist
Every Christian on the planet should read this book. They will be pleasantly surprised by Harrison’s respectful tone and sincere desire to enlighten. Far from an attack or a series of arguments, this book explains, in plain English, why some people are skeptical of Christianity. This book is nothing less than a rare opportunity to close the gap between believers and nonbelievers, and to bring more light and tolerance to the world.
— Peter Boghossian, Instructor of Philosophy, Portland State University
In 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, Guy P. Harrison balances respectful, critical analysis of myth, dogma and belief with the informative, fun and accessible style that he is renowned for.
— Jake Farr-Wharton, author of Letters to Christian Leaders
With persistent, but gentle, words, Harrison injects logic, science and rational thinking into the discussion of Christian religions, asking only for consideration of facts without the emotional reaction of considering all questions as attacks … well written and well thought-out … deserves serious consideration by believers and nonbelievers alike.
–Nick Wynne, author of Florida in the Great Depression: Desperation and Defiance
Guy P. Harrison’s new book is a sober, thoughtful and engaging series of inquiries for us Christians … the kind of challenge we should embrace wholeheartedly.
— Rev. Barry Lynn, author of Piety & Politics and The Right to Religious Liberty
“Carl Sagan taught us that we make life significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers. Harrison offers fifty such questions for Christians to better know their own religion. A thought-provoking, revealing, and friendly book.”
— Cameron M. Smith, author of The Fact of Evolution
“These are some great questions, and those serious about their religion should reasonably ask them at some point.”
— San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review