That’s the thought that kept popping into my head as I read Stephen M. Miller’s 100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by that. Miller attempts to explore answers to these 100 tough questions in one 236 page book, though each question by itself has had whole books, whole shelves of books, or even whole libraries of books written about it. These questions have been debated for centuries, so one-to-three page answers are bound to be incomplete.
I chose this book because I’ve read other books by Miller and have always respected his opinions. I was curious to learn how he would answer these 100 tough questions. Miller’s goal, however, was to approach each question like a reporter might, unbiasedly presenting a variety of points of view. Readers who’ve spent years studying the Bible may be surprised at what Miller has chosen to include and what he has left out. Readers less familiar with the Bible may think these are the only answers out there and feel confused by what they find. Non-Christian readers may come away from the book thinking the Bible and Christianity are just too controversial, too difficult to understand. That saddens me because, for the most part, these 100 questions don’t really have anything to do with what really matters to the Christian faith. St. Augustine said, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” 100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible is a book about the non-essentials. Readers need to be clear on this.
Readers who enjoy lively debates and devil’s advocate discussions may enjoy this book, but they’ll have to do more research on their own in order to discover which answers have the most merit. For this reason, a list of the references Miller used or resources for further study would have been a helpful addition to this book.
Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.