When I was in college, I had a lot of questions.
How many Hot Pockets is it acceptable to eat in one week?
Can I wait another week to do laundry?
How do I know the Bible is true and I’m not just believing in some ancient convoluted text that people have been brainwashed to believe is true?
You know, totally chill, normal questions.
I was an English major at a public university, so I spent four years reading books and questioning everything about them (I once wrote a paper on one word in a Shakespeare play). I spent those years searching for a truth or a thread or a theme in every book—and questioning every word along the way. My daily state was skepticism.
So naturally, when it came time for Bible study, I questioned every verse. (Especially ones that contained the words women and submit—but that’s another blog post.) Every week in Bible study, my hand would inevitably shoot up, and I’d mouth off some only partially relevant question about free will or sin or certainty of salvation.
I had big questions, and I wanted big answers. I wanted to know, without a doubt, that the Bible was true. I wanted to know, without a doubt, that this faith was not just something passed down blindly from generation to generation. I wanted to know, without a doubt, that Christianity was true—that the atheism and religious apathy of my friends wasn’t the route I should be taking (because it sure seemed appealing at the time).
I wanted confirmation from an unbiased source that Christianity was able to stand up on its own without being propped up by tradition or blind faith. The pat “trust God!!” answers didn’t cut it for me. I wanted factual evidence that was strong enough to stand up against my toughest questions.
In short, I wanted someone to sit me down and show me, point-by-point, how Christianity stacks up against other religions. I wanted someone to take my hand and lead me in my search for truth—whatever that meant in the end.
I wish I had read Religion on Trial.
Craig A. Parton, the author of this book and a trial lawyer by profession, was on a similar quest as me for an ultimate truth. He gathered together religious claims and put them to the test through rigorous cross-examination, much like the cross-examination he regularly uses in his profession. He examines multiple religions, testing to see if any can withstand legal scrutiny.
Read the first chapter of Religion on Trial to get a preview of this book—and then read the whole book when it releases in May to find out whether Christianity (or any religion) is able to withstand his unbiased examination.