• Confronting Christianity

  • 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion
  • By: Rebecca McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McLaughlin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (428 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Religion's decline in the modern world turns out to be a myth.  

Christianity is the most widespread global belief system and promises to remain so well into the future. But for many educated Westerners, biblical Christianity is a dangerous idea - challenging some of their deepest beliefs.  

Channeling state-of-the-art research, personal stories, and careful biblical study, Confronting Christianity explores 12 questions that keep many of us from considering faith in Christ. Look more closely, McLaughlin argues, and the reality of suffering, the complexity of sexuality, the desire for diversity, the success of science, and other seeming roadblocks to faith become signposts. Jesus becomes not a relic from the ancient world but our modern world's best hope.

©2019 Rebecca McLaughlin (P)2019 eChristian

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Eloquent and Nuanced Fundamentalism

This is an eloquent and nuanced representation of a fundamentalist and Bible literalist point of view. Many liberal Christians and non-Christians tend to write off fundamentalists as bigoted zealots. Ms. McLaughlin is open minded and loving in her expressions of a kind of Christianity I don't personally support but respect.

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Beautifully written defense of the Christian Faith

This will be a book that I reread and re-listen to. I highly recommend it for anyone who has ever had objections to Christianity. The last chapter was the icing on the cake and one of the best defenses of the doctrine of Hell that I have heard. The narration is a bit slow but I was able to speed it up to 1.3x in the audible app. Thank you, Rebecca McLaughlin, and I look forward to your future works eagerly.

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Kudos to Rebecca McLaughlin

McLaughlin handles some of the biggest issues facing Christianity today with courage and boldness, with intellect and finesse. Her treatment of these issues is nuanced, thorough and well presented. She boldly argues in some cases for what are increasingly unpopular positions in American Christianity, all the while keeping a firm hold on grace and truth. Well done.

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McLaughlin gets to the Heart of Christianity

I really enjoyed this book! I felt like it really dealt with some difficult topics and went places I didn't expect. Rebecca doesn't dodge the topics we as people in 2020 really need to thing through. If your a Christian or not you will walk away challenged and changed. Well worth the listen!

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brought me to tears, beautiful, thoughtful

a compelling book. a must read. disarming. she is also a skilled reader. great to have her as narrator

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Winsomely persuasive

Powerfully argued, thoughtful, and intellectually challenging. Beautifully Christ-centered. A reliable resource to pass on to inquiring friends, both Christian and not.

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Best book I’ve read (actually listened) in a long time.

This book is the best I’ve read (actually listened to) in a long time. The writer, Rebecca McLaughlin, is obviously very intelligent, educated, and most importantly, well versed in scripture and personally connected to Jesus. She shares a vast amount of information and data to support her views, demonstrating her thorough research of each question presented in her book. I so appreciate that her writing is not purely intellectual and academic though, which I thought it might be, but it is very personal, as she gives candid and frank testimony from her own personal life, as well as the personal experiences of those she knows well. These testimonies so moved my heart. Her confrontation of the hard questions personally encouraged and confirmed my faith in Jesus Christ and moved me to love Him even more. I pray that many will be led to read her book, and I will certainly recommend it to anyone that is seeking satisfying answers to these hard questions.

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Challenged my thinking about previously held beliefs, and encouraged me to see myself as Christ sees me, and to see others according to grace, peace, love and truth. Great read!

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Great book. Choppy and hard to listen.

Oh my God how hard is to hear/follow the story with such looong pauses between sentences! Why? I cannot finish hearing this...I crave to hear more but it is painfully hard to do.
I love hearing books but this one is hard to listen. I need to read this one instead.
The story, topic and information is fantastic.

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Brilliant

This book is simply Brilliant! There is not much more to say then that.
You will not be disappointed

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  • Oleks GALKA
  • 01-15-21

confronting Christianity

although I expected more from this audible, I would like to say I really enjoyed listening to this audible. Author has touched on the most important questions we as humans ask every day of our lives. I also bought the ebook with audible for better understanding and highlight parts of the book. I enjoyed it very much

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  • Joshua McLellan
  • 01-07-21

Tells content Christians what they want to hear

I found it rather shallow and biased. It uses other's theories and anecdotes as argument for truth, and appears to rely in academic language to come across as intelligent and factual.
I am a Christian, but with questions and I found that it drove me away from Christianity by it's blithe and predictable adherence to the most common Christian arguments. It was very unsatisfying. I would caution against those with secure faith, who are excited by hearing their own views expressed academically, thinking that non Christians or people with questions will be convinced by this. The arguments, at least for me, in some cases had the opposite effect

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  • M C Behrend
  • 06-29-20

Clear, well thought through, and well illustrated

I definitely want to encourage others to read this. It has strengthened my understanding of many key issues.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 06-09-20

An accessible apologetic book

This is a well thought through apologetic book which address some of the biggest arguments against Christianity - but it's not ivory towered but earthed in reality. It has a refreshing honesty which seeks to open up dialogue on these issues with integrity and the implications of many of the conclusions are contrasted against their outworking in our lives. Christians will find it empowering, sceptics and open minded atheists are likely to find it thought provoking and closed minded atheists will probably just steer well clear of its many challenges to their worldview.

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  • Rachel
  • 06-06-20

A well worth modern look into why Christianity is more relevant than ever

A much valued listen through. Compelling, fresh and thought-producing book.

If you are willing to listen in to a gifted communicator giving time to unpick some of the common objections thrown in the face of 21st Century Christianity, I think you will find it a valuable listen.

As an already-Jesus-following-Christian you may expect me to say that, but this book covered a number of angles I was less familiar with in a vibrant and easy to follow fashion. I tremendously valued listening to this and found many points I had never considered or did not have an answer to - this book will be my staple for suggesting to inquisitive friends for a good while.

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  • Rachel
  • 05-20-20

Compelling, calm and helpful

Rebecca’s reading of her own book is calm and compelling and helpful, even when addressing controversial and hard topics.
Rebecca is intellectually rigorous, very biblically literate and is readable for Christians and non-Christians. This book is full of years of thinking and research and yet, explained so helpfully and succinctly for the average person to read. Really recommend.

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  • Nil
  • 04-18-22

Thank you Rebecca

Very honest and challenging. I'm dyslexic so would not have even tried to read the whole book. It was brilliant ‼️

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  • John Richards
  • 01-02-22

Well worth reading

I found this book very interesting. it caused me to think more deeply on a number of issues. I was looking for more from the why does God allow evil chapter. how could He allow 6 million Jews to die in the holocaust? but it has made me want to read more about the theology of suffering.

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  • F. Olufe
  • 01-01-22

Pretty close to perfect

As close to perfection as any scientific/theological and philosophical work as I have read. The arguments and insights rank among the works of Hitchens, Lewis and Tolstoy. Thank you Rebecca

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  • ocube
  • 10-18-21

A brilliant read

This is a must read for those who don't believe and trust who do. Rebecca has written s book that will make you think.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-21

Susan

This book is compelling. I would highly recommend and am looking forward to listening again. Thank you, R.McLaughlin.

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  • David Graieg
  • 05-02-20

CT's 2020 Apologetics/Evangelism Book of the Year

Well written and narrated by the author. She has an engaging personal story. The book contains lots of good illustrations and also looks at what the Bible has to say on each topic.
The twelve questions/chapters in the book are:
1 Aren't We Better Off without Religion?
2 Doesn't Christianity Crush Diversity?
3 How Can You Say There's 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 Doesn't the Bible Condone Slavery?
11 How Could a Loving God Allow So Much Suffering?
12 How Could a Loving God Send People to Hell?
I think this is an excellent read for both Christians and non-Christians.

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  • Steven Davis
  • 06-23-22

Thank you and Outstanding

I am sure that many are very thankful for the tremendous insights and ‘exegesis’ of the 12 issues ‘Confronting Christianity’, which Rebecca McLaughlin has authored. One of the best features includes the concise nature with which this has been achieved and yet with wonderful depth. Quotable quotes are in great supply. Rebecca McLaughlin’s intellect, personal honesty and apprehension of these 12 issues gives substantial food for reflection and application to everyday life as well as fruitful discussion among friends and adversaries alike. I also enjoyed the many references to other writers and worldviews. The narration by the author naturally lends itself to assisting good comprehension and communication of the author’s intent. I suggest an absolutely important read for believers and unbelievers alike.

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  • P. Wieringa
  • 06-15-22

NO Historical or Scientific Justification ;-(

She talks of the Bible, Jesus and God with no justification for any of them. The Bible is full of inaccuracies, forgeries, fake authors and calls to two religions that can't be justified. Jesus - there is no evidence that he existed - no evidence outside the Bible writings and no evidence within - no eyewitnesses (no one knows who the four major Gospel writers were), no authors, no archeological evidence, no geographic evidence. Jesus never existed and so Christianity as it's based around the misbeliefs about him shouldn't exist either. Science - almost no cited credits for statements, statements that contradict others etc. Not worth listening to ;-(

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-22

Biased and Lacking nuance

I'm Christian, but couldn't finish it. Biased, defensive, reductive of non-Christian frameworks, lacks academic robustness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-22

Loved it

Great perspectives and some very useful metaphors I will definitely use in my life.
I will admit though, I struggled to follow some parts only because of the technical language but it was easy to catch up with.
Overall I greatly enjoyed listening to this book. It is well balanced with spiritual outlook and factual evidence making sense of both.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-21

Honest and enjoyable book, content is good , what

Honest and enjoyable book, content is good , what i found most original was her confession of unrequited relationship and I have faced similar emotion to this day enjoy.

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  • Mark Fitzmaurice
  • 06-22-21

Captivating

Rebecca bravely engages with the reasons we all find for dismissing the Christian Story. She is deeply transparent and vulnerable in the way she seeks answers to hard questions. If you don't believe, you owe it to yourself to at least hear clearly what you think you are rejecting. If you do believe, you will cry with joy as you see with compelling clarity the beauty of the story you are part of.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-21

Exceptional coverage

An incisive, clear and well researched look at some of the biggest objections to the Christian faith today. Very, very well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-19-20

Sunday School for Adults

McLaughlin's disregard for the readers intelligence is breathtaking as she ignores the results of the last 100 years of biblical scholarship. Her treatment of the topic of slavery is a great example of how fundementslists cherry pick their holy books for verses that support their agenda.