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A sofa-isticated faith

With a major row brewing in the church on the assisted suicide bill in the House of Lords, the Evangelical Alliance is encouraging people to pose this and other difficult and seemingly contradictory questions about Christianity. Dr Krish Kandiah, executive director of churches in mission, is tackling the most difficult questions that one can possibly raise about Christianity in the next week when he invites questioners to join him on the ‘paradoxology sofa’.

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“The issue of assisted suicide is engaging widespread debate on Twitter and in the pages of the national press. Rather than avoid these tough questions I want to encourage people to bring out their most perplexing queries and questions and have confidence to talk about them rather than hiding them away,” he said.

 

“Other tough questions being discussed are why God seems to sanction genocide in the Old Testament, why is there so much suffering in the world? Is God an egomaniac that he wants everyone to worship him? Is God racist that he chose the Jews to be his people? Rather than discouraging awkward questions I will be actively discussing them at Keswick.”
These are being discussed during week two of the Keswick Convention (19-25 July), where the his ‘Paradoxology sofa’ has been set up to engage people during his seminar series based on his new book Paradoxology: Why Christianity was never meant to be simple.(Published by Hodder).
He will be sporting a ‘Paradoxology sofa’ (whose upholstery matches the cover of the book) complete with matching cushions (which are printed with quotes of reviewers!). A prize is being offered for the best questions or paradox raised in a photo competition.
“It’s a bit of fun to help Christians begin to sit up and engage with some serious questions. I believe that Christianity is true and so we do not need to fear any questions but we do need to be on our guard against over simplistic answers,” he added.
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IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART IN OUR LITTLE COMPETITION SIMPLY Tweet a picture of yourself with your question and use the hashtag #paradoxology. The best picture / question will be sent a book bundle including a copy of Paradoxology.

2 thoughts on “A sofa-isticated faith”

  1. 1.I want to know why the christian churches (mostly) do not keep the feasts and fasts that Jesus kept according to the gospels.
    2. I want to know why we don’t have a passover type meal as opposed to communion (often with grape juice, not wine).
    Who thought of communion, where’s that mentioned?
    3. I want to know why we celebrate Easter not passover and unleavened bread, why don’t we celebrate whitsun/ pentecost, why not harvest? these are all biblical.
    4. It seems to me that 21st century Christianity is miles away from what it was in the 1st century.

  2. Hi there – great idea.. I shall get my paper out tomorrow and get tweeting with the hashtag. I’ve ordered my copy of the book.

    May I humbly suggest that it would be fab if you could point your readers to a UK book company that is ethical and pays it’s taxes? It’s just Amazon is really quite a bad company and I’d rather support companies that work in an ethical way.

    I work for Blackwell’s – so here’s our link http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/Paradoxology/9781444745344 but you could equally point people at Waterstones or a host of other independent bookshops via the Booksellers Association find a bookshop search http://www.booksellers.org.uk/bookshopsearch

    Thanks so much.

    Matthew

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