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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline (February 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599792052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599792057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Timothy Paul Jones is a CBA bestselling and award-winning author and theologian. Dr. Jones holds an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies, a Master of Divinity degree with emphasis on church history and the New Testament, and an Ed.D. in Leadership.

He is the former senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills in the Tulsa metro area. He also served as an adjunct professor of church history at the Oklahoma Baptist University Ministry Training Institute and as an adjunct professor of Greek language studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
 


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Timothy Paul Jones serves as professor of leadership and associate vice president at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. Before coming to Southern Seminary, Dr. Jones led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as a pastor and an associate pastor.

Dr. Jones has written widely in the fields of apologetics and family ministry. Christian Retailing Magazine awarded Jones top honors in 2010 in the Christian education category for his book Christian History Made Easy. Charles Colson listed him as one of "four names you need to know" when responding to the new atheists. Jones has also received the Scholastic Recognition Award from the North American Professors of Christian Education for his research in faith development.

The son of a rural pastor, Dr. Jones holds the bachelor of arts degree in biblical studies at Manhattan Christian College. He has also earned the Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taught biblical languages at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and at Oklahoma Baptist University, as well as lecturing on the reliability of the New Testament Gospels at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) at forums sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Dr. Jones has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs, including WGN Morning News, Fox & Friends, Crosstalk America, and Bible Answer Man.

He is married to Rayann and they have three daughters.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ky. Col. on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In "Conspiracies and the Cross", Timothy Paul Jones has written a defense of Christianity against ten of the more popular attacks on Christian faith. These range from some of the scholar Bart Earhman's textural inspired doubts to ideas of other scholars such as Elaine Pagels (Gnostic texts) and John Crossan (idea Jesus may not have been buried) to less serious (but possibly just as influential) attacks such as the Talpiot Tomb and the Jesus Myth ideas. First of all, I should point out that the author is a generally theologically conservative Christian and is writing an apologetics book so don't be expecting a down the middle type of deal. That said, I think the author generally utilizes good arguementation and is obviously well read on the subjects. Many readers may also enjoy Jones's writing style which goes a long way in covering at times complicated material in a manner fit for a lay reader. He also cleverly but non-distastefully utilizes humor. I think this is an excellent introductory book to Christian apologetics and can be quite interesting to those who have already been reading in the field as well. Don't expect a schollarly answer to all of your potential questions, but I can honestly say that this book was both enjoyable to read and has even been rather helpful in a recent internet forum discussion I was involved in. Some of the footnotes are interesting as well and the author offers suggestions of different books to read to further one's studies (he suggests titles on both sides of various issues). Overall, I recommend it.

Sincerely,
Jason Kyle Richie
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Larry Shallenberger on March 5, 2008
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I read this book in it's ARC form, and actually read it a few times. Dr. Timothy Jones has created a readable yet thorough examination of the most common challenges that are made against the authority of the scriptures.

This is a valuable resource... for decades preachers have been working to demonstrate that Scriptures are relevant. There's nothing inherently wrong with that. However, the debate has shifted-- our culture wants to know if scripture is reliable. This book is a fantastic handbook to advance that argument.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trey Talley on June 23, 2009
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A great book for every Christian to own as a valuable resource. In today's times it seems like we are surrounded by skeptics and bound to have them ask us quesions that are meant to pose doubt to what we believe. This book will enable you to have answers for such questions, and it is always reaffirming to know, and to be able to tell other, what and why we believe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Buddy Smith on August 14, 2011
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This book does a wonderful job of refuting some of the most prevalent conspiracies being propagated today by unbelievers. Sadly, I have met even a couple of Christians who have embraced aspects of some of these theories, such as the idea that the Bible is incomplete: that many books that should have been included in the biblical canon have not been. Dr. Jones dispels such myths. Besides the wealth of historical information in the book that is useful for discussion with believers and skeptics alike, Dr. Jones saturates his book with entertaining humor (I was laughing outloud frequently!). All in all, the book is an excellent historical defense of the Christian faith as the Holy Scriptures have defined it and orthodox Christians have affirmed it throughout the ages. I also recommend Christian History Made Easy, which is also by Dr. Jones. Both of the books are excellent for Sunday school or Wednesday night Bible studies!
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14 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Haptitude on March 3, 2008
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If you are looking for a fair and balanced rebuttle to the emerging "conspiracies" (as this author so condescendingly dismisses any idea that does not agree with his own) this is not it.

Start by reading the jacket flap. This book was written by a man who has committed a significant part of his life and more than likely his finances to a particular religious worldview. While this is all well and good, he is not going to simply say, "Wow. Those people are right. I've been barking up the wrong tree my entire life!" No. He will come out fighting to defend his life's choices at all costs - and this book reflects that.

Most appalling is how flippantly he dismisses concepts from Gnostic texts. In one example, he quotes text attributed to Jesus from the recently discovered Book of Thomas and then dismisses them as Jesus chasing lions and kicking stones. Completely missing the metaphorical nature of the teaching - that the wisdom and energy of God is in everything and everyone and not accessible through only one person or belief structure - this author reduces the text to a literal translation and thus dismisses it as irrelevant.

There's even a point where he refutes an argument of another author, but leaves nothing but a blank space where that individual's name was to be. Such an enormous typo at the foundation of an entire argument would have been caught by any editor worth ten cents commission.

At another point in the middle of the book when talking about the Holy Grail, he dismisses any contending perspectives by simply stating that knowing Jesus in your heart is the only way to know God and the Holy Grail.

One can only make such an absurd statement once he or she has established a reasonable level of evidential support.
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