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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Living Books; English Language edition (March 2, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084230021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842300216
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JOSH MCDOWELL is an internationally known speaker, author, and champion of the Beyond Belief Campaign. He a traveling representative of Campus Crusade for Christ speaking to more than ten million people in at least 84 countries, including 700 university & college campuses. Josh has authored or coauthored more than 90 books, including 'More Than a Carpenter' and 'The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict'. Josh and his wife Dottie, have four grown children and live in southern California.

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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on April 1, 2000
McDowell's book has become a sort of an excuse to further their own pre-existing ideas. For this reason, I am reluctant to enter my review of this book. However, I do think I can give those considering buying this book some information. For the record, I am a devout Christian. I enjoyed reading the book and found it interestig and insightful, but I don't think I was reading it for the same reasons as others. I did not read it in order to "arm" myself as I argue God's existance with unbelievers. I did not read it because the book is somewhat fluffy and I could easily argue that McDowell presents shoddy research. I read it simply because I am a Christian and I desired a little more insight into the faith to which I subscribe. Here are some of My Brief Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Will this book sufficiently arm me as I do battle with Unbelievers?: Probably not Is this book intened to be the end-all, be-all, convincing me that God definately does exist?: Probably not. Is the research thorough and clearly preented: Not really. If I do not believe in God, will it cause me to question my non-belief a little bit?: Quite possibly.
The reason (I believe) McDowell wrote this book is so that unbelievers would critically think about their faith or lack thereof. The breity and simplicity of the book make it very inviting. Putting myself in the unbeliever's shoes, if I decided it would benefit me to read an apologist's book, I think I'd rather spend very little time doing it then a great deal of time, making McDowell's book all the more inviting. Furthermore, to refute McDowell's arguments, I'd be forced to study history and the Bible more. Imagine that.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on October 6, 2000
When this book was written 14 years ago, it was much-needed, and I used it a number of times to help in my research of certain questions. However, in 2000, there are so many other books like this available today that are much more detailed and better organized. Several include When Skeptics Ask and When Critics Ask by Norman Geisler. Even McDowell's A Ready Defense is better than the Answers book. But if you are looking for a simple beginner's manual, then I suppose this could be very useful to you. It's small, inexpensive, and McDowell is very clear about his answers. For many, though, a good look through the apologetics section of Amazon or any Christian bookstore worth its salt will turn up better choices.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TMSpell@aol.com on December 15, 1998
A well thought out book in defense of the Christian faith. Author Josh McDowell follows in the footsteps of another great 20th Century defender of Christianity, C. S. Lewis, by offering rational answers to the troubling questions that people have about Christianity. While Lewis's "Mere Christianity" and his other books in defense of the faith are brilliant works, they can be a bit "weighty" for younger readers, or readers with no patience for longer philosophical discourses.
"Answers to Tough Questions Skeptics Ask About the Christian Faith" is the short, straight scoop for a generation busy trying to sort through an overload of information, ideas, and agendas. Every Christian needs this book on her bookshelf, and every skeptic ought to consider the arguments it presents in favor of Christianity.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
McDowell in this book provides some answers that are solid and answer common objections to Christianity today. Some say that the Biblical records are just fiction, or are just "hearsay upon hearsay" written many years after Jesus died, but if one rejects the Bible accounts like that, he or she is forced to reject just about every other historical document that we acknowledge without thinking as truthful and historical, such as Ceasar's history of the Gallic Wars. Basically, if we discount the New Testament documents, then we would have to throw out, say, a WWII vet's first hand testimony of a battle he was in. There are some solid reasons for believing that the accounts were not doctored, extrapolated, or exaggerated in any way.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lynette J. Hoy on January 28, 1999
Anyone who is a real seeker of truth should read this book. Answers to Tough Questions is one of the greatest concise compilations of evidence for the Christian faith. Josh McDowell, a former skeptic himself, answers questions about the claims of Jesus Christ, His miracles, Biblical authenticity & difficulties. He contrasts Christianity with other world religions while providing historical and archeaological confirmation of the validity of the Christian faith. This book read along with "Reasons Skeptics should consider Christianity" by Josh will convince any truth-seeker that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be....God. Josh quotes some of C.S. Lewis' writings and arguments which convince people to consider the evidence of Christianity. Lewis was a former atheist but found that after investigating the overwhelming verification of Christianity, he was dragged "kicking and screaming into the kingdom of God".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Benitez Jr. on July 17, 2008
As a 22 year old College Student it may not be fair to be reviewing this book 28 years after it was published. I am sure that for its time this was a very valuable resource. However, that being said this book is no longer one of the books I would recommend as a must read even for beginners in apologetics. Books such as Lee Strobels Case for Christ and Case for Faith have more up to date information dealing with some of the same questions.
In this book Josh McDowell and Don Stewart try to answer 61 of the most asked questions about the Christian faith. This is the first book that I have read that tries to tackle such a broad category of questions. They discuss reliability of the scriptures, archaeological evidence, creation and evolution, Miracles, world religions, and the list goes on and on. Its very hard to answer so many questions on so many topics well.
Some of the good things that this book does have is that many times as Christians we have a lot of questions we would like to have better answers to. Even those of us who hope to make the defense of the faith our profession, tend to have to focus on one area of study. This book does provide some decent answers to a few of the questions that one may not want to devote a lot of time researching. However, the age of this book makes me hesitant to rely on it too hevily because some of the information is outdated. Over all 3 stars. Not terrible and not great.
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