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2.0 out of 5 stars Oversimplistic and sub-par, 19 July 2010
This review is from: The Top 100 Questions: Biblical Answers to Popular Questions Plus Explanations of 50 Difficult Bible Passages (Paperback)
I read this at a friend's house, and probably like most people who've used this book I didn't read it cover to cover, but picked out the questions which were of interest to me. That said, I did read at least half the volume. The answers are generally well presented, though I have to say there are a few topics which really deserve a more expansive treatment than they get here. As the saying goes, "Bullet points often prove to be duds"! Bewes falls into that trap a lot, and his answers are too brief to satisfy ardent skeptics.

My other big beef with the book is that the format and title give the impression that it's representing an "absolute" Christian position, therefore you'd expect it to give answers that the majority of Christians wouldn't contend. Sadly, he decides to cover topics such as purgatory, the apocrypha, baptismal necessity and praying to Mary. To these he gives the same over-simplistic sort of answers he gives to other questions, only this time he's ignoring the Biblical and historical arguments that millions Christians could give in favour of a position contrary to his own. (I, for one, am convinced the Bible teaches that baptism is the normative means of salvation, and I know that the earliest Christians held the apocrypha as scripture.) He also advances historical indefensible claims such as "The Church didn't create the Bible, the Bible created the Church".

I don't deny him the right to have an opinion on these issues, but if he's writing a book for non-Christians or new Christians I think he should stick to questions that Christianity itself isn't divided over, and expand his answers to those.
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