As a Christian, I have always taken seriously the admonition of the Apostle Peter to, “Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you the reason for the hope you have. Do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Not being able to answer is unacceptable, and so I want to diligently study. The Facts On World Religions by John Ankerberg, John Weldon & Dillion Burroughs is just the book to help me in this pursuit.
The Facts On is a well-researched, well-footnoted, helpful guide to learn the basic information on four of the world’s predominate religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. For all four religions the authors give a broad overview in the categories of:
- What are this religion’s central beliefs?
- How did this religion originate?
- Is the founder of this religion who he claimed to be?
- Are this religion’s scriptures reliable?
Having each religion covered in the same four categories make a side-by-side comparison much easier. Although this book is not an in-depth study, every chapter is heavily notated to make it easy to find additional study materials on each religion. The last section of the book is a summation of the findings and addresses the questions: Is all religion good? Is only one religion fully true? Are Christians intolerant to say Christ is the only way? What are the consequences for believing the way these religions teach?
All in all this book is a very handy guide for any student who wants to be prepared to give an answer.
Check out this video from Greg Koukl on why Christians should defend their faith…