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Overview In a compelling blending of a fictional conversation between the author and a variety of seekers, Littleton confront the tough issues of God in the Bible, especially those where he ordered genocides, murders, and various large terminations, as well as other issues like free will, the problem of evil, and why the test in the Garden of Eden.
"WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SO MUCH EVIL? WHY DID HE ORDER CERTAIN PEOPLE KILLED OFF? IS GOD REALLYA BULLY?"
In a compelling blending of a fictional conversation between the author and a variety of seekers who meet at a local coffee shop, Littleton confronts the tough issues of the God of the Bible. As they drink their coffee and lattes, the group discusses the issues of God ordering various genocides in the Bible, the Flood, various killings, and issues like free will, the problem of evil, and why the test in the Garden of Eden.
In their search for truth, they try to understand why God gave those stories as a means of teaching humanity important things about him and the world. In the process, the group fleshes out why faith is necessary. They discover that behind these seemingly heinous biblical events is a God who reveals himself with honesty and integrity-a God who seeks to draw us closer to him.
By the end of the book, the seekers confront the biggest issue of all when one of the members of the group-so close to making a commitment to Christ-is killed in a traffic accident. How could God allow this? What answers does the Bible provide to that incident?
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Littleton is a graduate of Colgate University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served both as a youth pastor and pastor, and continues his ministry today as an itinerant speaker and writer of all things factual and fabulous. He has published over thirty books on various themes and subjects, including the spiritual life, depression, time management, Bible study, and the problem of evil and suffering.
Mark Littleton currently resides in Columbia, in the state of Maryland.
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Hands On Apologetics Sep 14, 2009
If you are the kind of person who loves to sit in a coffee house watching people and eavesdropping on their conversations, this is the book for you. The conversations in Big Bad God address theological issues in a down-to-earth way that anybody with an eighth-grade education can read and understand. But be prepared: In this book Littleton declares war on the sappy, adulterated gospel of the post-modern age--you know the one--where God just l-o-v-e-s everybody and has a wonderful plan for their lives. Instead, you overhear conversations that address not only the scary God of the Old Testament, but the radical theology of Jesus Christ.
Many Christians today are afraid to address the really hard questions of the Bible with their skeptic friends. Littleton invites his readers to accompany him to the local Starbucks and listen in on the conversations, showing by example that Christianity has intellectually satisfying answers to life's hardest questions: How do we reconcile God's sovereignty and predestination with man's freedom? Why does God allow evil? Why is hell necessary? Why are there apparent contradictions in the Bible and how do we reconcile them?
Littleton does not take a dogmatic approach in matters of eschatology (the study of end times) which encourages Christians to get in the Bible and read it for themselves. I appreciate that he lets the reader know when he is giving personal interpretation in areas that are being debated by biblical scholars.
Because of biblical illiteracy in America, many Christians have created an imaginary god who looks more like them than the God revealed in Scripture. There is a tendency on the part of many to downplay the facts of sin and judgment and hell. If Littleton does nothing else, he fearlessly challenges his readers to face the God of the Bible head on. This book is a whole course in modern apologetics that I would recommend to every Christian and especially to every high school student before taking off for college.
An intriguing discussion of theology, and a fascinating read Jun 11, 2009
There have been many interpretations of God throughout history, but author Mark Littleton brings a new one to the table: bully. "Big Bad God of the Bible" is a religious discussion text using the vehicle of the author talking to various theologians in a local coffee shop discussing the divine and the true nature of God and his wrath. "Big Bad God of the Bible" is an intriguing discussion of theology, and a fascinating read.
A Refreshing Approach to Apologetics Dec 6, 2008
Mark Littleton is targeting three audiences in "Big Bad God of the Bible." He offers solid answers for the Christian grappling with unanswered personal questions regarding God and the Bible. He provides an approach for equipping the Christian with answers to the hard questions their family, friends, and others are asking. He also addresses the skeptic, who may be seeking solid answers to sincere doubts and questions.
The book reads like a novel and is based on an actual incident in which Mark was challenged to share the reasons behind his faith. The book is made up of a composite of characters and frequently asked difficult to answer questions regarding God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ.
The action takes place at a local Starbucks Coffee Shop where the fictional characters meet on a weekly basis to discuss with Mark their questions. Mark's responses go back to the beginning and the Garden of Eden and the sin of Adam and Eve, the penalty of their sin, and the resultant curse on the earth, on man, and on the serpent.
Other questions address: the ultimate problem of evil and the world, discovering God's plan, true freedom, the problem of Hell, incredible rewards, and faith in Jesus.
The plot is carried through the use of dialog which is fast moving and interactive. Mark's characters; Doug, Julie, Jesse, and others develop into genuine, and sincere individuals as the probe Mark with their unsettling questions and as they openly respond to the gospel message as found in the Bible.
I enjoyed the topical headings throughout the chapters, such as; A Look in Lucifer's Wardrobe, Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Antinomies, and Rewards Galore.
"Big Bad God of the Bible" is timely, important, and needed. This fresh approach to apologetics will be well received by today's generation and those to follow, especially, those who enjoy the story form which combines solid information with a sense of entertainment tying it all together. A great read.