Video Playlist: Short Answers to Big Questions – Questions and Objections about Christianity

50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity

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In the “Short Answers to Big Questions” series we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realize we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought.

01. Isn’t religion just a psychological crutch?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Isn’t religion just a psychological crutch?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out “Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense” by Francis Spufford.

02. Islam and Christianity: Is it the same God?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Islam and Christianity: Is it the same God?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out “Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross” by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb.

03. Isn’t faith just for the stupid and gullible?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Isn’t faith just for the stupid and gullible?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out “The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails” by Randal Rauser.

04. What does it really mean to be human?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “What does it really mean to be human?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out C. S. Lewis’ two books “The Abolition of Man” and “The Weight of Glory”.

05. Why is the Bible against sexual freedom?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why is the Bible against sexual freedom?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out “Sex And The iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an Age of Individualism” by Dale Kuehne.

06. Is it arrogant to claim you have ‘the truth’?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Is it arrogant to claim you have ‘the truth’?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out “Time for Truth” by Os Guinness.

07. Why choose Jesus and not Buddha or Muhammad?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why choose Jesus and not Buddha or Muhammad?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out “Is Jesus the Only Savior?” by James Edwards.

08. “Prove to me that God exists!”

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the challenge “Prove to me that God exists!”. Want to read more widely on this subject? Check out Gregory Ganssle’s book, “A Reasonable God”.

09. How can you believe in God without evidence?

Nathan Betts answers the question “How can you believe in God without evidence?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out the book “The Reason for God” by Tim Keller.

10. Is atheism a religion?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Is atheism a religion?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out Andy’s essay “The Scandanavian Sceptic (or Why Atheism Is a Belief System)“.

11. Do all good people go to heaven?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Do all good people go to heaven?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out the book “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller.

12. Why did Jesus have to die?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Why did Jesus have to die?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out “The Cross of Christ” by John Stott.

13. What about those who haven’t heard of Jesus?

Nathan Betts answers the question “What about those who haven’t heard of Jesus?”.

14. Hasn’t science buried God?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Hasn’t science buried God?”. Want to read more widely on this subject? Check out John Lennox’s book, “God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?”

15. How can you really know what is true?

Nathan Betts answers the question “How do I know what is true?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out Dallas Willard’s book, “A Place for Truth”.

16. If God, why is there evil?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “If God, why is there evil?”. Want to read more widely on this subject? Check out Sharon Dirckx’s book, “Why? Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering”

17. Who made God?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Who made God?”. Want to read more widely on this question? Check out Edgar Andrew’s book, “Who Made God?”.

18. Why believe the Bible rather than the Qur’an?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Why believe the Bible rather than the Qur’an?”.

19. Why would a loving God send people to hell?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why would a loving God send people to hell?”

20. Isn’t belief in the Trinity irrational?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Isn’t belief in the Trinity irrational?” If you’d like to explore this topic in more detail, check out Mike Reeves’ book, “Delighting in the Trinity”.

21. Why is there so much violence in the Bible?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why is there so much violence in the Bible?” If you’d like to explore this question more deeply, check out David Lamb’s book “God Behaving Badly”.

22. Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Did Jesus really rise from the dead?” If you’d like to explore this question more deeply, check out Gary Habermas and Mike Licona’s book “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus”.

23. Does the Trinity even make sense?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Does the Trinity even make sense?”

24. Aren’t all religions basically the same?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Aren’t all religions basically the same?”

25. Why do bad things happen to good people?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

26. Does religion poison everything?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Does religion poison everything?” If you’d like to explore this question more deeply, check out Andy Bannister’s book “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist”.

27. Why are Christians so judgemental?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why are Christians so judgemental?”

28. Can we be good without God?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Can we be good without God?” For more on this question, check out Andy Bannister’s book, “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist” (especially chapter 8).

30. Is life really meaningless without God?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Is life really meaningless without God?” Want to dig deeper into this topic? Check out chapter 9 of Andy’s book, “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist”.

29. Hasn’t Christianity done more harm than good?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Hasn’t Christianity done more harm than good?”

31. What if I have doubts about God?

Nathan Betts answers the question “What if I have doubts about God?”

32. “If God appeared to me, I’d believe in him!”

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the objection “If God appeared to me, I’d believe in him!”

33. Is the Bible even true?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Is the Bible even true?”

34. Did Jesus even exist?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Did Jesus even exist?”

35. Aren’t the gospels merely legends?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Aren’t the gospels merely legends?”

50. Do atheists just believe in “one God less”?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Do atheists just believe in ‘one God less’?” Want to dig deeper into this question? Check out chapter 3 of my book, “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist”.

37. How do I deal with disappointment?

Nathan Betts answers the question “How do I deal with disappointment?”

38. Isn’t ‘faith’ just for weak-minded fools?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Isn’t ‘faith’ just for weak-minded fools?”

39. Why did Jesus have to die?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why did Jesus have to die?”

40. If science answers everything, who needs God?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “If science answers everything, who needs God?”

41. Aren’t all religions the same?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Aren’t all religions the same?”

42. True for you, not true for me?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “True for you, not true for me?”

43. What if I don’t even care about God?

Nathan Betts answers the question “What if I don’t even care about God?”

44. What’s wrong with pornography?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “What’s wrong with pornography??”

45. Is technology good or bad?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Is technology good or bad?”

46. Why are there so many rules in Christianity?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Why are there so many rules in Christianity?”

47. Do all religions lead to God?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Do all religions lead to God?”

48. Has science disproven God?

Nathan Betts answers the question “Has science disproven God?”

49. Isn’t faith in God just like belief in Santa?

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Isn’t faith in God just like belief in Santa?”

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