Questions for Christians

I caught a post over at Debunking Christianity, and although I haven't been following it closely, apparently John Loftus is proposing a book co-written by a Christian scholar that will purportedly debate Christianity. There's been some suggestion that his questions weren't ideal – he's focusing on very specific doctrinal and theological issues instead of broader questions on faith. Anyway, some readers commented with some of their own questions/challenges, and I think some of them are worth repeating. You can view the original thread here.

From user "P.Coyle":

1. If God exists, then he responsible for the existence of evil, either because he is the knowing cause of it, or because he knowingly allows it.

2. Most of the people who have ever lived never heard of the Christian god. If "belief in God" is a requirement for salvation, then God is responsible for those people not being saved, because he did not make his existence known to them.

3. "God created it" is not an explanation of how the universe came to be, since no account is given of how God created it, why he created it, or why he created it to be like it is instead of to be different than it is.
From user "jr":
1. If God is so good than why do we even need Jesus to reconcile anything in the old testament?

2. If the Bible is indeed allegorical than how do you know what to interpret as fact? Why would the writers bother to write it if they didn't mean what they wrote? Why bother even reading it?

From "LadyAtheist":
"[Why] is the Bible more correct than the other holy books of the world? What is there to prove it's the true religious document?"

John's original questions are as follows:
The biblical god ruled over a pantheon of gods and had a wife, Asherah.

The biblical god required human sacrifices for his pleasure.

The biblical god commanded the genocide of whole people groups.

Incidentally, I don't think these are "boring" questions at all. I think that if the issue is Christianity, you have to address the fundamental root of the religion by challenging Christians on the historical, theological, moral and logical incoherency of the Bible. I think that broader issues of morality, design, etc., can get esoteric very quickly and hold less weight for many Christians than picking apart the Bible. But I think the readers' questions are great as well, with many of them challenging believers on the logical incoherency of the God concept.

I suppose if I had a question for Christians, it would be something like this:

Why would God punish mankind's rebellion by cursing them, and then "fix" this curse by constructing an elaborate system of blood sacrifices which he ultimately deems insufficient, but promises to fix with a messiah – who eventually comes and, it turns out, is himself in human form, who subsequently sacrifices himself to himself to pay a price he mandated to fulfill a convoluted covenant he created in order to redeem us from a curse which he, either by omission or commission, placed upon us? And, I might add, being omniscient, God would have known it was all going to happen anyway.

Also, please note: because of persistent harassment by a well-known troll, I've had to disallow anonymous commenting. Sorry. If you're not registered with Google (you can use your gmail address) or OpenID, it only takes a second. I'm considering switching to Disqus in the near future in the footsteps of Jen McCreight over at Blag Hag.


  1. I sure like your descriptive question! That's a mouthful sure to evoke problems for the Christian.

  2. I call the answer to your question "love" baby yeah. That seems to be the blanket answer these days.

  3. I figured the most obvious answer would be something about how God works in mysterious ways and even though it doesn't make a lick of sense you should just have faith anyway.


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