10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity

By Rebecca McLaughlin

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10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity

By Rebecca McLaughlin

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How can we believe the Bible is true? Why can’t we just agree that love is love? Isn’t Christianity against diversity?

Going to school, hanging out with friends, or scrolling through social media feeds, teenagers are sure to face real challenges to faith in Jesus Christ. And whether you consider yourself a Christ follower or not, these questions can seem like deal breakers.

Backed by state-of-the-art research, personal stories, Harry Potter illustrations (warning: spoilers!), and careful biblical study, this book doesn’t dodge tough questions. Instead, it invites teenagers to ask their hardest questions about Christianity and to find surprising, life-giving answers.

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Author:

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin holds a PhD in renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. She is the cofounder of Vocable Communications and the author of Confronting Christianity, named Christianity Today's 2020 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 208
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 8.13 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7166-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7166-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433571664
Case Quantity: 10
Published: March 16, 2021

Table of Contents

Preface
Note to Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, and Friends

Introduction

  1. How Can I Live My Best Life Now?
    Mental and Physical Health Benefits of the Christian Life
  2. Isn’t Christianity against Diversity?
    Racism / Slavery / Christianity as the Most Diverse Movement in History
  3. Can Jesus Be True for You but Not for Me?Universal Truth / Relativism / Evangelism
  4. Can’t We Just Be Good without God?
    God as the Basis for Morality / 9/11 / Hitler / Stalin / Human Identity / Abortion
  5. How Can You Believe the Bible Is True?Evidence for the Gospels / Evidence for the Resurrection / True versus Literal
  6. Hasn’t Science Disproved Christianity?Origins of Science / Science and Faith Controversies / Christian Scientists Today
  7. Why Can’t We Just Agree That Love Is Love?
    Marriage / Sex / Singleness / Friendship / Same-Sex Attraction / Pornography / Abuse
  8. Who Cares If You’re a Boy or a Girl?
    Gender / Feminism / Transgender and Non-Binary Identities
  9. Does God Care When We Hurt?
    God’s Sovereignty in Suffering / God’s Care for Us / Prayer / Purpose
  10. How Can You Believe in Heaven and Hell?Meaning of Heaven and Hell / Sin and Judgment / Salvation / Invitation

A “Thank You” Note
Notes
General Index
Scripture Index

Endorsements

“This is a really clear, compelling, understanding, and engaging response to the biggest objections people have to Christianity today. Read it, wrestle with it, and see what your friends make of it.”
Sam Allberry, pastor; author, 7 Myths about Singleness

“Rebecca McLaughlin doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations about heaven, hell, sexuality, and racism but handles them with gentleness, humility, and a refreshing humor that preteens and young teens will appreciate. Best of all, she presents the gospel so clearly and beautifully. I’m thankful for this winsome resource that I can recommend to young Christians and non-Christians alike.”
Quina Aragon, spoken-word artist; author, Love Made: A Story of God’s Overflowing, Creative Heart and Love Gave: A Story of God’s Greatest Gift

“Young people might not always articulate their questions about life. But they are wondering. 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity can help them both express and satisfy their emerging questions and longings. We wish we’d had this book when we were raising our children! But now we can give it away—confidently—starting with our own grandchildren.”
Ray and Jani Ortlund, President and Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries

10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity is the book every parent, teacher, youth worker, and young person has been waiting for. In her down-to-earth, relatable, winsome, and brilliant manner, Rebecca McLaughlin tackles the major questions confronting this generation, showing that Jesus is still the answer to our greatest needs and longings. If we don’t want to lose a generation, we must have the courage to wrestle with hard questions and show that Christianity is relevant in our rapidly changing world.”
Christine Caine, Founder, A21 and Propel Women

“Our world is complex. Growing up today and having to confront that complexity is not easy. In this short book, McLaughlin helps young people confront, understand, and interpret the complexity of our world in continual dialogue with the central claims of the Christian faith. Readers will have their minds challenged and illuminated; by struggling through these issues, they will be brought closer to the truth.”
Tyler J. VanderWeele, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University

“As a father of five, I was so excited to know about this book. My excitement only grew as I read the truths Rebecca McLaughlin engages in such an accessible manner—many references to Harry Potter and Disney films! Most of all, I was excited to have a theologically rich book that deals with challenging questions that I could place in the hands of my children. This is such an important tool to disciple the next generation!”
John Perritt, Director of Resources, Reformed Youth Ministries