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 problem.
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 33 of Short/Answers, Andy Bannister explores the difference that the context of relationship might be making to how we interpret God’s word.
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.
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 or that are shared on social media, it simply isn’t true. In Episode 31 of Short Answers. Andy Bannister explains what why it only applies to the God of the Bible and why He is unique.
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.
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.
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 someone who hasn’t ever studied any of them.
“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 Bannister is back with a episode 27 of SHORT/ANSWERS … and a new toy!
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 26 of SHORT/ANSWERS, Andy Bannister explores what makes the difference between a wise agnostic and a foolish one.