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Christianity has played a central role in the history of Europe and, up until fairly recently, a belief in God was considered to be a powerful force for good, not only in the life of an individual, but also for society at large. However, today, one of the major challenges that Christians face is from those who question the moral character of God.

These arguments have been popularized by a number of best selling authors, such as Richard Dawkins and Philip Pullman, who argue that the Christian faith requires believers to live a restricted lifestyle that is at odds with the rest of society. As a result, they argued that living a God-prescribed life is actually worse than living a godless life.

Many Christians understandably find it difficult to know how best to respond to some of the challenges made to their faith. What do you say, for example, to someone who says that there is no evidence for God and that it doesn’t really matter what you believe? How can you defend your faith against the accusation that the New Testament documents have been deliberately tampered with, or that it is more ethical not to believe in God?

Recorded at our Zacharias Trust Training Day at Oxford in January 2010

Session 1: Amy Orr-Ewing

Speaking on: Is God Really Good? The Names of God
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Session 2: John Lennox

Speaking on: “If God is so great why is there so much suffering?”
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Session 3: Michael Green

Speaking on: “Can we really trust the New Testament?”
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Session 4: Michael Ramsden

Speaking on: Did God Really Say?Morality and the Character of God
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Session 5: Question & Answer Session

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