Video ventures

Two alternatives to 'Alpha'
Since Alpha appeared in 2001 in Great Britain, several efforts have been made to create alternative versions of that popular evangelistic video series. Though approaches differ, the new versions are generally inspired by Alpha’s success in helping seekers to learn about the Christian faith, and in helping churches to offer a compelling overview of the faith in an informal, encouraging setting.

One recent series, Living the Questions, bills itself as an “unapologetically liberal alternative to Alpha.” But whereas Alpha offers a somewhat systematic introduction to basic issues—God, Jesus’ life and death, the Holy Spirit—from the perspective of a theologically conservative believer (Nicky Gumbel), LTQ offers a collage of persons, stories and arguments which seems to assume an audience of people involved enough in church to have been wounded by its fundamentalist versions.


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