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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340908823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340908822
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,796,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A classic' -- CPAS 'Quite first class' -- Bishop Hugh Montefiore 'This book does much to set the record straight and to demonstrate that, far from being in conflict, Christian faith goes hand in hand with reason, common sense, and historical fact.' -- Cliff Richard

About the Author

John Young is a Canon Emeritus of York Minster and was a member of General Synod from 1992 to 2005. He worked as Diocesan Missioner for York under two Archbishops - John Habgood and David Hope. In addition to broadcasting on radio and television, he has written over twenty books/booklets. His work is in several languages, including Chinese and Russian. Around four hundred thousand copies of John's books have been sold worldwide.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Schriftman on July 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Some people think that being a Christian means that you have to put your brain on standby modus. John Young does not agree.

At the time when he published his first book, The Case Against Christ, John Young was chaplain-lecturer at Bishop Otter College in Chichester, England. He wrote the book both to present non-believers with the evidence for the Christian faith and to equip fellow believers to know how to answer common attacks against Christianity. Hence the subtitle "Some Statements for the Defence."

The following are the main arguments against Christianity that Mr. Young addresses:
1. Isn't it only odd people who become Christians?
2. Hasn't science disproved Christianity?
3. Isn't the Bible mostly fiction?
4. How can you believe in God if you look at all the suffering in the world?
5. What makes Jesus so different from other founders of religion?
6. Do you really expect me to believe something so fantastic as the resurrection?
7. Where is the proof for God's existence and the truth of Christianity?

The answers provided by the author are these:
1. Christianity attracts all kinds of people, including the odd ones. But this does not prove anything about the truth or falsehood of Christianity; it merely proves that Christianity is a religion in which the down-and-outers find acceptance and forgiveness.
2. No, science has not shown Christianity to be false. The very nature of science is to look at how reality functions; it does not deal with the issue of why it functions or what makes it work. To the question "Why is the kettle boiling?" science would answer "When the temperature of water is raised to 100°C (at standard pressure), extremely rapid evaporation takes place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on November 17, 2006
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This is a thorough revision of the book first published in 1986 and it is updated with large numbers of modern references - The Da Vinci Code, Hurricane Katrina, Britney Spears. The book sets out the case for Christianity whilst exploring potential objections about the church, science, the Bible, suffering, Jesus and proof.

It's easy to read with lots of helpful quotations but by necessity in a 200 page book it doesn't delve all that deeply into any of the subjects. Although argued well, I am dubious that it would convert any atheists or agnostics - I suspect it's most helpful as a tool for Christians to be able to "give reasons for the hope that is in you".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Canon John Twisleton on April 5, 2012
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Over his long ministry in the missioners' network York Course co-founder John Young has identified numerous witnesses and stories that serve to build Christian conviction. This revision of his best seller The Case Against Christ has new riches that were being presented in my own sermons days after completing John's book. It is a preacher's gold mine!

The story of Bishop Stephen Cottrell's vocation flowing from the impact upon him of the Jesus of Nazareth film fitted Holy Week, just as the perceived appearance of an additional person on Shackleton's life-saving march fitted Eastertide. Preachers and chloroform have an affinity! Did you know the first surgeon to use the anaesthetic properties of chloroform, Sir James Young Simpson (1811-70), asked to name his greatest discovery wrote: `It is not chloroform. My greatest discovery has been to know I am a sinner and that I could be saved by the grace of God'.

John would appreciate humour in this review because he has seven `take a break' joke pages interspersed among his 300 pages. I liked the joke about the pews that rolled to the front as they filled up, with a trap door opening under the pulpit after 15 minutes! And the little boy who finds an old leaf in a family bible and holds it up `Mum, I think I've just found Adam's suit!'

Humour apart Lord...Help My Unbelief is tackling an extremely serious matter: the fashionable culture of unbelief and how we can shake its complacency. I particularly valued the examination of the resurrection, deemed `the heart of the matter', in Michael Ramsey's words: `no resurrection, no Christianity'.
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5 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2000
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I gave it a quick look over, it's a weak case for Jesus, when it is even mentioning him. If you want positive evidence for the existence of Yeshua Ben Yosef, I suggest you get something else, or just do a search on the net, the information will be much better than what is contained within this book. Even if you're looking for just general apologetics, I strongly suggest getting another book, one without pictures each chapter.
This book is crap, plain and simple. The only thing I can recommend it for is to make Christians look stupid. Anyone could read it, and write a rebuttal in a single day.
Is it any wonder why I am the first to review it?
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