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If God appeared to me, I’d believe in Him

13 June 2019

“Has science explained everything?” In this episode of Short Answers we see why the answer is a resounding “no”, explore why science is an utterly brilliant invention, and discover why science only works in the first place if God exists. Read more

Has science explained everything?

29 May 2019

“Has science explained everything?” In this episode of Short Answers we see why the answer is a resounding “no”, explore why science is an utterly brilliant invention, and discover why science only works in the first place if God exists. Read more

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Given the legacy of the Church why should I take Christianity seriously?

8 May 2019

The Church has a history which includes a legacy of violence, examples like the Spanish Inquisition or the Crusades are often cited. Does this mean we can’t take Christianity seriously? Read more

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Is there anything wrong with multi-faith events?

24 April 2019

In our increasingly divided world, some people think the way to bring people together is to promote multifaith events, which try to blend different religious traditions together. Read more

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Short Answers Andy
If God appeared to me, I’d believe in Him 13 June 2019

“Has science explained everything?” In this episode of Short Answers we see why the answer is a resounding “no”, explore why science is an utterly brilliant invention, and discover why science only works in the first place if God exists. Read more

Has science explained everything? 29 May 2019

“Has science explained everything?” In this episode of Short Answers we see why the answer is a resounding “no”, explore why science is an utterly brilliant invention, and discover why science only works in the first place if God exists. Read more

Andy Bannister
Given the legacy of the Church why should I take Christianity seriously? 8 May 2019

The Church has a history which includes a legacy of violence, examples like the Spanish Inquisition or the Crusades are often cited. Does this mean we can’t take Christianity seriously? Read more

Short Answers preview
Is there anything wrong with multi-faith events? 24 April 2019

In our increasingly divided world, some people think the way to bring people together is to promote multifaith events, which try to blend different religious traditions together. Read more

Where is God when it hurts? 13 February 2019

Where is God when it hurts? In the latest SHORT ANSWERS video, David Robertson takes a very personal look at the question of where God is to be found when we experience sickness, suffering, or grief. Read more

Was Hitler a Christian? 30 January 2019

Was Hitler a Christian? That may sound a ridiculous question, but it’s an accusation sometimes made by atheists. Does it stand up? In the latest SHORT ANSWERS video, David Robertson, an avid reader of history, checks it out. Read more

Why are you Christians so divided? 16 January 2019

“Why would I take Christianity seriously when Christians are so divided?” The disunity of Christians often deters people from taking the message of Jesus seriously: so in the latest SHORT ANSWERS video, we take a careful look at this common question.   Share SHORT ANSWERS on social media Please share… Read more

How can we disagree without killing one another? 3 January 2019

In a world in which people seem ever more divided, how can we find a way to disagree without resorting to hatred, hostility, or even violence? Solas Director, Andy Bannister, explores how the radical message at the heart of the Christian faith offers a powerful basis — and in Jesus,… Read more

Are you just a Christian because you were born that way? 19 December 2018

“You’re just a Christian because you were born in a Christian family!” Is it true that we just believe what we believe because of our culture or upbringing? In the latest SHORT/ANSWERS, Solas Director Andy Bannister untangles this common assumption..   Share SHORT ANSWERS on social media Please share this… Read more

Are We Matter or Do We Matter? 5 December 2018

What is a human being? Are we just a collection of atoms and particles? Or merely the result of time, chance and natural selection? Or are we, in the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, people with inherent dignity? In the latest SHORT/ANSWERS video, Andy Bannister explores why… Read more

Why Can’t You Believe What You Want As Long As You’re Sincere? 19 November 2018

In the latest SHORT/ANSWERS video Andy Bannister asks whether it matters what you believe as long as you believe it sincerely?   Share SHORT ANSWERS on social media Please share this video widely with friends or family and for more SHORTANSWERS videos, visit http://www.solas-cpc.org/shortanswers/ or subscribe to our channel.  … Read more

Why are religious people such hypocrites? 31 October 2018

The religious and people of faith are often accused of being hypocritical; of not living up to the standards we expect of others. In this Short/Answer, Andy Bannister looks into hypocrisy in religion and in the wider society, it’s roots, the dangers, and the Bible’s answers to our hypocrisy.  … Read more

What is Wrong With the World? 18 October 2018

Ask somebody “What’s wrong with the world?” and everybody has an opinion. Everybody thinks *something* is wrong with the world—but what if most people have mistaken the symptoms for the diagnosis? The Christian faith has a lot to say about what the real cause of the world’s problems might be—and… Read more

What is the Gospel? Part two 8 October 2018

What is this “gospel” that Christians get so excited about? In the latest episode of SHORT/ANSWERS, Andy Bannister shows how to answer that question in just three words. Whether you’re an atheist, skeptic, agnostic, or seeker baffled about the whole thing — or a Christian who’d love to be able… Read more

What is the Gospel? 20 September 2018

Short Answers 35: What is the Gospel? What does it mean, and why does it matter? In the first of a two part series, Andy Bannister unpacks the term and explains why its meaning is important. Share SHORT ANSWERS on social media Please share this video widely with friends or… Read more

Is religion the cause of most wars? | Andy Bannister 2 July 2018

Religion is the main cause of wars, isn’t it? Some atheists certainly claim so. “Look at Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, ISIS, 911!” they say. In episode 34 of SHORT/ANSWERS, Andy Bannister asks whether it’s true or not and explores an alternative solution that could get to the real heart of the… Read more

How can I trust the Bible? | Andy Bannister 28 June 2018

When you look at the Bible, are you tempted to think of God’s laws as unreasonable demands or gracious guidance? If we isolate the commands of God from the character of God, do we run the risk of warping our view of what the bible is actually revealing? In episode… Read more

Why did Jesus have to die? | Andy Bannister 10 April 2018

You’ve heard that Jesus died. The question is why? Why does it matter? Why does it make a difference? Following on from the last episode Andy Bannister explains more in this episode 32 of SHORT/ANSWERS. Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media Please share this video widely with friends or family and… Read more

God is love? What does that mean? | Andy Bannister 29 March 2018

Some people think that all the great faith traditions of the world teach that God is love. We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve heard said or seen written that all religious people believe that God is a god of love. Like many things that you’ll hear commonly… Read more

How do you know if what you believe is true? | Andy Bannister 19 March 2018

How do we know if a belief is true? How could we test it? And if we’re not prepared to put what we believe to the test, what does that say about us? Andy Bannister ponders these questions in Episode 30 of Short Answers. Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media Please… Read more

True for you but not for me. | Andy Bannister 8 March 2018

Ever had someone say to you, “That may be true for you but it’s not true for me?” In episode 29 of Short/Answers, Andy Bannister explores the problems with the idea that truth is relative and wonders what Jesus had to say on the subject. Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media… Read more

Do all religions lead to God? | Andy Bannister 14 February 2018

Some people claim all religions are basically the same, that they all lead to God. Surely there are many paths up the mountain, right? Andy Bannister explores this topic in episode 28 of SHORT/ANSWERS and can’t help wondering if that’s the kind of thought that can only be held by… Read more

Can we really know what the Bible means? | Andy Bannister 22 January 2018

“Well, that’s just your interpretation!” Ever heard someone say that to you before? When there are different interpretations of the Bible, does it follow that they are both valid? Is it even possible to know and understand what God says or what the bible means? Are those things different? Andy… Read more

Agnostic? Are you sure? | Andy Bannister 9 November 2017

Is being an agnostic a little bit like sitting on the fence? It’s obviously OK to be there for a little while whilst you are crossing from one side to the other, but what if trying to camp there just ends up being a recipe for groin strain? In episode… Read more

Would you believe in God if he showed you a miracle? | Andy Bannister 23 October 2017

Ever heard someone claim that they would happily believe in God if he would just show them a personal miracle to demonstrate to them that he exists? Does this really work as an excuse for not believing? In episode 25 of SHORT/ANSWERS Andy Bannister ponders whether the real miracle is… Read more

What should I do if I have doubts? | Andy Bannister 12 October 2017

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.” If you’re a Christian and you have doubts, what do you do? And do only Christians have doubts — or is it possible to be a doubting atheist? What’s the difference between honest doubt and dishonest skepticism? In the latest SHORT/ANSWERS video, Andy Bannister… Read more

Is Christianity dying? | Andy Bannister 4 October 2017

It seems that scarcely a week goes by without there being some report appearing in the media somewhere that Christianity, especially in the UK but also in the West in general, is dying and that the Church is on the slippery slope to absolute irrelevancy. Andy Bannister explores if it… Read more

What would it take to make you abandon the Christian Faith? | Andy Bannister 1 August 2017

There’s the story of the Victorian evangelist who, when challenged by a prominent atheist of the time to a debate, replied, “By all means. I’ll bring 100 people whose lives have been transformed by Jesus Christ and you bring 100 people whose lives have been transformed by atheism.” The debate… Read more

What do you think about death? | David Robertson 10 July 2017

Imagine sitting at a dinner party and saying, “I’d like to have a chat about death.” You’re not going to get invited back to many more, are you? Even mentioning death in the title of this video will cause some people to avoid it. In episode 21 of SHORT/ANSWERS, David… Read more

Why does science work? | Andy Bannister 3 July 2017

I love science. I think it’s one of the best inventions human beings have ever come up with. But *why* does science work? Why is science even *possible*? In the latest SHORT/ANSWERS we show why science is only possible because God exists — and thus if you want to reject… Read more

Does the existence of suffering prove there is no God? | Andy Bannister 22 June 2017

From Grenfell to Aleppo, the news is daily filled with fresh examples of anguish and suffering, violence and tragedy. Does a world in which towers burn, bombs explode, and loved ones suffer show that there is no God, at least not a loving God who cares for us? In SHORT/ANSWERS… Read more

Is Atheism a belief? | Andy Bannister 7 June 2017

Have you ever heard someone claim that atheism is simply a lack of a belief? Is that true? Or is there some positive content to this alleged non-belief?  Andy Bannister in episode 18 of SHORT/ANSWERS encourages our atheist friends to think a little more deeply about the need to test… Read more

What’s the problem with the “One God Less” argument? | Andy Bannister 26 May 2017

“You Christians reject Zeus, Thor, Wotan and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  We atheists just reject one god more.”  Andy Bannister found this such an interesting argument he devoted a whole chapter to it in his book, “The Atheist who didn’t exist.”  In this 4 minute long Short/Answers episode, Andy draws… Read more

Why are Christians such homophobic bigots? | David Robertson 6 May 2017

If someone holds to a traditional Christian understanding of sexuality, then they must be homophobic, right? It’s a charge that is constantly hurled at Christians these days, the most recent example being the UK media pressure on Tim Farron over the question of gay sex being sinful.  But is it… Read more

Are you saying atheists can’t live good, meaningful lives? How dare you! | Andy Bannister 26 April 2017

It’s one thing to *say* you believe something; another to live *consistently* with what you claim. As SHORT/ANSWERS passes a viewing milestone, Andy Bannister responds to some questions our atheist friends have raised about some of our videos.  If you’re an atheist who believes in goodness, meaning, or human rights,… Read more

What is the evidence for the Resurrection? | Andy Bannister 30 March 2017

Did Jesus really rise from the dead? The story of Jesus’ resurrection is central to Christianity but few people are aware that there are powerful historical reasons for believing in it. This Easter, perhaps the choice isn’t lazy skepticism or blind faith, but faith in the Jesus of history. This… Read more

Can life have meaning without God? | Andy Bannister 16 March 2017

If there is no God, is life meaningless, purposeless, and without any point? In this latest SHORT/ANSWERS video — and with help from Richard Dawkins of all people — Andy Bannister explores why life can’t have meaning without God.    Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media Please share this video widely with… Read more

What are Human Rights based on? | Andy Bannister 4 March 2017

Everybody is passionate about human rights, right? But what are human rights and why do we have them? And what’s the best basis for the belief in human rights and dignity—the atheist claim that we’re just atoms and particles, or the Biblical idea that humans beings bear the image of… Read more

How do we know what truth is? | David Robertson 22 February 2017

How do we know what truth is? Do we live in an era when one person’s truth is just another’s post truth?  Is that even true? In episode #11 of SHORT/ANSWERS, David Robertson examines “post-truth,” the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2016.     Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media… Read more

Isn’t Religion Dangerous? | Gareth Black 18 February 2017

Isn’t religion dangerous? Hasn’t it caused endless wars and violence? In episode #10 of SHORT/ANSWERS, guest speaker Gareth Black from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics tackles this question.   Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media Please share this video widely with friends or family and for more SHORT/ANSWERS videos, visit http://www.solas-cpc.org/shortanswers/ or subscribe to… Read more

Who made God? | Andy Bannister 30 January 2017

Who made God? That’s both a simple question and an incredibly profound question as it gets us quickly into some of the profound differences between Christianity and atheism. Not merely on the question of what the ultimate “it” is, but what that ultimate says about whether we humans have value… Read more

Can you be good without God? | Andy Bannister 19 January 2017

Can we be good without God? What an outrageous question! Are Christians really implying that atheists can’t be good people? Maybe the question is not, “Can you be good?” Maybe the question is, “Can “good” actually exist if God doesn’t?” And besides, what if true religion has very little to… Read more

Is death the end? | Andy Bannister 11 January 2017

Woody Allen once said, “I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” But is death the end? If it is, then it makes a mockery of us, because it doesn’t matter how you live your life now, selfishly or selflessly, your ultimate destiny… Read more

What’s all the fuss about Christmas? | Andy Bannister 22 December 2016

‘Tis the season to be jolly! But what if you’re not? Is there more to Christmas than just endless mince pies, mountains of sprouts, and re-runs of Mary Poppins? What if there’s a real emptiness behind all the effort and frivolity unless you discover what the real heart of Christmas… Read more

Is belief in God just like belief in Santa Claus? | Andy Bannister 15 December 2016

Ho, ho, ho! Every Christmas, you can guarantee that some atheist, somewhere, will make the tired old argument: “Belief in God is just like belief in Santa Claus!” Does that comparison stand up? In episode 5 of SHORT/ANSWERS, Dr. Andy Bannister of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity explains why… Read more

Are you more than your resume? | Andy Bannister 29 November 2016

What is your identity based around? Career success? Social media followers? Sexuality? How would you feel if you achieved everything you wanted only to realise that it still lets you down? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity asks , “Are you more than your resume?”… Read more

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god? | Andy Bannister 21 November 2016

If we could all just affirm that everybody worships the same God, would there be much more peace in the world? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity explores the question of whether or not Muslims and Christians believe in the same God.   Share SHORT/ANSWERS on… Read more

What is beauty? | Andy Bannister 14 November 2016

Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity asks, “What is beauty?” and explores whether or not it’s a signpost to God. Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media Please share this video widely with friends or family and for more SHORT/ANSWERS videos, visit http://www.solas-cpc.org/shortanswers/ or subscribe to our channel.    Support us… Read more

I don’t believe in God. I believe in science! | Andy Bannister 5 November 2016

Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity explores the question of whether or not science and Christianity are opposed to each other. For more “Short Answers” videos, visit http://www.solas-cpc.org/shortanswers/ Share SHORT/ANSWERS on social media Please share this video widely with friends or family and for more SHORT/ANSWERS videos,… Read more