100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible by Stephen M. Miller

This is a lighthearted book that examines a wide range of questions by an “author who specializes in easy-reading Bible reference books” (back cover). The one hundred topics are listed in the contents and examined in just over 200 pages, which allows a very brief overview of each one. I didn’t read this cover to cover but skimmed back and forth among the questions that most interested me. He does not write from any particular doctrinal position or draw his own conclusions as he writes from a journalistic perspective. Actually, he seems to cater to agnostics by dissecting what the Bible really says and downplaying the supernatural power of God. He minimizes what believers have historically accepted about the Biblical passages by infusing ideas of what really could have happened, leaving it up to readers to decide for themselves. This is not a book that seriously explores in-depth theological positions about God and his Word but actually raises more questions than it answers. Bullet point viewpoints are presented for each subject based on literalism versus symbolism, church and secular history, vague scholarly thought, and commonsense explanations. For those looking for a detailed rigorous review of tough questions, this is not the book for you. I did enjoy the author’s use of speculative humor as he addresses so many difficult and debated questions but would personally turn to trusted sources for more reliable reflection on these same issues.

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42615eb_w185Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest appraisal. 

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