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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310283205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310283201
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recent public challenges to Christianity time and again seem to have been reduced to a series of often-repeated, skeptical sound bites or slogans. In this popularly-written volume, Fred von Kamecke considers more than a dozen of these complaints, finding a variety of reasons to declare that each charge is Busted. I recommend this convenient, well-written handbook that provides a ready set of responses to these popular challenges. Digesting this book can also help to provide a firm basis for the Christian faith. -- Gary R. Habermas

From the Back Cover

You can't trust the Bible; it's been translated too many times. Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah or God. Science has proven that miracles don't happen (so the Bible is a fairytale). All religions basically teach the same thing (so all paths lead to God). Have you heard these? People say a lot of things about the Bible, God, Jesus, and Christianity that are simply not true. Like the guys on the popular cable show Mythbusters, it's time we put these commonly held myths to the test. Following a brief summary of a recurring myth or misconception about the Christian faith, Fred explains why the myth is false and provides biblical and historical evidence in his response. He masterfully weaves together serious discussion with a touch of humor in his responses, all the while keeping the focus on the Scriptures. He avoids making fun of the people who hold views which differ from his own, but the views themselves are fair game. So grab a cup of coffee and find a cozy corner. Let's do a little myth busting of our own. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Fred von Kamecke is an assistant pastor at The Chapel of Lake County, Illinois, where he resides with his wife, Patty. He served as assistant professor at North Park Seminary as well as adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he received his PhD (New Testament).

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I hope that this book gets the attention that it deserves.
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Fred has an engaging conversational style that flows more like a conversation with a good friend than a stodgy old apologetics book.
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And I love the way he makes you feel so comfortable at home, sitting back reading and enjoying a cup of coffee.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria Marino on March 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Aha! BUSTED! You know right off by the title and cover that this book pierces the dark confines of the popular myths of Christianity with laser-sharp light. There's no room for shady shadows to lurk as Fred von Kamecke unveils layer upon layer of myth-conceptions to reveal the unmistakable, gospel truth. Written in a light-hearted colloquial style, Busted! presents compelling arguments with smooth and captivating delivery. Though served with humour and simplicity, there's plenty of meat to sink your teeth into. His points are solidly supported by diligent fact-finding, scriptural evidence, and the "going deeper" resource section. You will also find depth and breadth in the subjects chosen to be de-mythisized. From the reliability of the Bible to the identity of Jesus to the difference between Islam, Judaism and Christianity, von Kamecke reliably separates fact from fiction with precision and clarity.

More than exposing popular myths about Christianity, it answers the "so what?" question. If God is faithful, if He in fact loves people more than anything, if His Word is true and He keeps His promises, then we have a treasure to share and a message worth defending. And that's the point of knowing the truth - bringing it to life. And that's no myth!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weber on April 12, 2010
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It is politically correct to avoid saying negative things about mainstream religions in America today: except Christianity. Arguably, this has more to do with Christianity's perceived place in our highly polarized political spectrum than the natural chasm of theological differences. Whatever the reason, active Christians (those intentionally ministering to someone) are having a rough go of it these days.

Skeptics have always espoused theories (disguised as facts) to discredit the relevance of Christianity. And with the anti-Christian bias in today's opinion-driven media environment, those theories are often treated as having a credible basis. Astute Bible students recognize skeptics' theories for what they have become: myths about Christianity.

In "Busted: Exposing Popular Myths about Christianity", Fred Von Kamecke exposes the myths and sets the record straight. Let's face it. It's tough to challenge a myth that has become embedded in the secular (pop culture) psyche. Von Kamecke rises to the occasion by deconstructing the myths, one at a time, using empirical evidence and straight-forward logic to make his case - or His case as it were.

Von Kamecke's work is neither a dry exposition of theological intellectualism nor is it the argumentative screed to which we are too often exposed in contemporary discourse. Instead, Von Kamecke goes about debunking myths in a practical and often humorous manner that can be easily understood.

Von Kamecke does not get caught up in circular arguments that drift off into the abstract. Instead, he uses investigative methodology to tackle many of the most popular myths about Christianity with precision and speed. After reading this book, Christians will be able to separate fact from fiction when talking with others about these pesky myths, and seekers who simply want "to know" will find enlightenment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Borden VINE VOICE on July 15, 2009
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I have been reading the book, Busted: Exposing Popular Myths about Christianity, by Fred Von Kamecke for the past week or so. While the book lives up to its title by addressing (exposing) many of the more popular questions and arguments surrounding criticism of the Christian faith, I'm not sure that all the "myths" are definitively "busted." Don't get me wrong, I think the information and the evidence that is shared throughout the book is solid and I think it is logically and well presented; however, I simply fail to find definitive inarguable evidence for debunking some of the arguments and criticism against our faith. I think it is intended by GOD to be that way, but that is my opinion. To the author's credit, he does state that the book is not intended to be a proof for a theological publication, but rather a collection of evidence for the other side of the story in response to the more popular "myths" and criticisms against Christianity.

Another consideration worth mentioning is the target audience of the book. The author states that his audience is the "average Christian (or interested seeker) who has not had the opportunity for formal study in a Bible college or seminary, but senses the need for some solid information." I think the conversational writing style and the lack of cumbersome theological vocabulary make this book very user friendly and I find myself thinking that Von Kamecke succeeds in writing for his intended audience.

Now, on to content...

The book is divided into four main parts; "Myths about the Bible," "Myths about Jesus," "Myths about God," and "Myths about the Christian faith." Personally, I think this is a fairly thorough and well represented collection of questions and topics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim on July 21, 2009
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This book wasn't my cup of tea, but it really hit the spot for my 18 year old. Here are some of her comments:

"This book is so awesome, I'm going to read the WHOLE THING!!!" (She's not used to liking the books I send her way.)

"These are all the issues people I know keep bringing up."

"His approach is right on - he approaches it like "if they are right, then this.. and this.. would have happened. But it didn't."" (I think we call this a historical/logical approach.)

"This guy just saved me like five years of research!"

So, I think this book is worth the buy. It will be one you want several of on your shelf - maybe not for you - but for those who are seeking.
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