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St Nicholas Church in Sevenoaks opens its doors to people curious about Christianity

By Sevenoaks Chronicle  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

Questions: Roger Carswell, who will be speaking at St Nicholas Church

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DESPITE the best efforts of high-profile, militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and A C Grayling, many people remain interested in religion and spirituality.

And even though church attendance has been falling for some time, the 2011 Census recently revealed that almost three fifths of us still call ourselves Christians.

However, there is no getting away from the fact that many in society remain confused about much to do with faith and Christianity.

They have many questions therefore, but often it is hard to find someone able to provide sensible, accurate answers.

This is where Ask Sevenoaks comes in.

At the end of this month, St Nicholas parish church is giving the people of Sevenoaks the chance to ask a question about God, Christianity, spirituality and religion, online at http://asksevenoaks.org.uk/, a site which is already live now.

Then we will do our very best to answer them.

And as far as we are concerned, no question about God or religion is off limits in any way.

Nothing whatsoever is too difficult, too embarrassing, too big or too small, therefore. Just ask away.

"We find that we are asked a wide range of questions about the Christian faith and much more," said Joe Dent, Associate Rector of St Nicholas.

They include:

How can God be relevant in a secular society like ours?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

How can Christians believe that people are intrinsically evil?

Do you really think that people who don't share your narrow view of God are going to Hell?

Isn't religion the root cause of almost every war there has ever been?

Aren't all religions the same underneath?

How do you know the Bible is true?

Haven't science and evolution totally disproved the Bible?

Why do many Christians insist that gay marriage is wrong?

Why do Christians say sex outside marriage is wrong?

Ask Sevenoaks will work by the church putting on a series of events in the town from January 24 to 27, led by renowned writer and communicator Roger Carswell.

At every one we will be attempting to answer some of the more common questions.

The full programme of events is also on the website and anybody is welcome to come along. Most are free, although some need to be booked in advance. And for those who want to learn more, or dig deeper, St Nicholas church members will be hosting four follow-up sessions on Monday evenings in February.

So: what question would you like to ask about God and religion?

Log on today and let us know.

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