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You Can’t Ask That!: 50 Taboo Questions about the Bible, Jesus, and Christianity

SKU 9780827244313

Edited by Christian Piatt

Foreword by Jamie Wright


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The perfect gift for “Christians with questions,” doubters, skeptics, and anyone who enjoys exploring the hard questions of faith!

Now, there’s no such thing as a stupid question about faith.

Have you ever had a burning question about Christianity, the Bible, or Jesus -- but were too afraid to ask? Here’s the good news: You Can’t Ask That! takes your questions seriously — and offers a variety of responses that will challenge what you think, what you know, and what you’re not sure about.

Edited by Christian Piatt, who once had a Bible thrown at his head during Sunday school for asking too many questions, this book gathers 50 of the most provocative, challenging, and hard-to-answer questions about faith and religion and fields them to a diverse group of religion professors, pastors, and other faith leaders for their response. From questions about Hell, to taking the Bible literally, to the meaning of the crucifixion, and whether the Bible makes mistakes or Jesus was ever wrong, You Can’t Ask That! considers no question off-limits. 

Contributors include today’s most thought-provoking experts on Christian and theological issues including Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tripp Fuller, Kathy Escobar, Jose Morales, Carol Howard Merritt, Matthew Paul Turner, Bart Campolo, Margot Starbuck, Craig Detweiler, Doug Pagitt, and many more.

Each of the 50 questions also include scriptural references, suggested additional sources for reading, and questions for further discussion, making You Can’t Ask That! a great group read, as well. So go ahead, ask your questions -- and be assured that questioning religion is not taboo, but rather the foundation of a strong and growing faith.

Questions in You Can’t Ask That! are compiled from the original Banned Questions of the Bible series.

Praise for the Banned Questions of the Bible Series

“This book isn’t just entertaining and fascinating. It’s inspiring and potentially life-changing. Here’s my own question: Can you be curious and thoughtful about religion and NOT read this book? My answer: No.”—A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically 

“I've never seen a book quite like this: short, pithy answers to tough and important questions from a team of articulate, insightful thinkers. You've heard the expression ‘pooled ignorance’—but this is the opposite: pooled brilliance. Your own thinking will be deepened by interacting with these sharp minds.”—Brian McLaren, author of Naked Spirituality 

“These are some, not all, of the questions many are asking today. These are also some, not all, of the answers serious thinkers are proposing. What this book may do for you is provide an opportunity to ponder anew questions people are really asking about the book we Christians call God’s Word.”—Scot McKnight, author of Blue Parakeet