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Examine 50 Compelling Reasons for Belief

Challenges to belief in God as he is revealed in the Bible have always existed, and today is no exception. In Evidence for God, leading Christian scholars and apologists provide compelling arguments that address the latest and most pressing questions about God, science, Jesus, the Bible, and more, including:

-Did Jesus really exist?
-Is Jesus really the only way to God?
-What about those who have never heard the gospel?
-Is today's Bible what was originally written?
-What about recently publicized gospels that aren't in the Bible?
-Is intelligent design really a credible explanation of the origins of our world?
-and much more

Evidence for God includes contributions from

Craig L. Blomberg
Darrell Bock
L. Russ Bush III
Paul Copan
William A. Dembski
Craig A. Evans
Gary R. Habermas
Guillermo Gonzalez
Phillip E. Johnson
Andreas J. Köstenberger
Michael R. Licona
Paul L. Maier
John McRay
Nancy Pearcey
Jay W. Richards
Daniel B. Wallace
Ben Witherington III

William A. Dembski (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; PhD, University of Chicago) is research professor of philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including The End of Christianity.

Michael R. Licona (PhD, University of Pretoria) is apologetics coordinator at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. His books include Paul Meets Muhammad.

About the Author

William A. Dembski (PhD, University of Illinois and University of Chicago) is research professor in philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books.

Michael R. Licona (PhD, University of Pretoria) is apologetics coordinator at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has spoken to churches, parachurch groups, and university audiences across the country. The author of Paul Meets Muhammad, Licona lives in Alpharetta, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801072603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801072604
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Mike Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria which he completed with distinction. He serves as Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University and is president of Risen Jesus, Inc. (www.risenjesus.com). From January 2005 through December 2011, Mike served as the Apologetics Coordinator at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was interviewed by Lee Strobel in his book "The Case for the Real Jesus" and appeared in Strobel's video "The Case for Christ." He is the author of numerous books including The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (IVP Academic, 2011), Paul Meets Muhammad (Baker, 2006), co-author with Gary Habermas of the award-winning book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (Kregel, 2004) and co-editor with William Dembski of Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (Baker, 2010). Mike is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He is a frequent speaker on university campuses, churches, and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

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For this book I am breaking from my usual practice and sharing my criticism first. Evidence for God, edited by Mike Licona and William Dembski, has a slightly misleading title and subtitle: "50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy and Science". A more fitting title and subtitle would be Evidence for God and Jesus: "50 Arguments for the Christian Faith". That's it. That's all I can say bad about this book.

Evidence for God is broken into four sections and, while the first two address concerns shared by all theists (questions of philosophy and science), the last two sections (Jesus and the Bible) address apologetic issues for Christianity in particular. However, there is enough material in the first two sections alone to benefit anyone seeking evidence for God.

Typically a book with so many contributing authors may struggle to keep a good flow of thought and argument from chapter to chapter. Not so with Evidence for God, and much credit is due to Dembski and Licona for this fact. Notable contributors such as Copan, Habermas, Pearcey and Witherington III make the best use of the four or five pages given each chapter. The brevity of these chapters keeps any one topic from growing too overwhelming or nuanced but still gives adequate space to grasp the facts and the basic argument.

All in all, this is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a broad treatment of the most common challenges in Christian apologetics.
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The good folks at Baker have done a great job with Evidence for God. Edited by William A. Dembski and Michael R. Licona, this is a one volume quick reference guide to apologetics.
Contained within the book are fifty articles (as the subtitle states it "arguments") for faith from the Bible, history, philosophy, and science.
The articles are concise, well-written, and very informative. I cannot imagine finding a better book for those who desire to defend their faith, or strengthen their faith.
Contributors include Craig Blomberg, Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, Craig Evans, Ben Witherington III, Phillip E. Johnson, and many more. One cannot ask for a better set of writers.
Whether one is dealing with arguments for God (cosmological argument, moral argument) or against God (the problem of evil), this book has a section to address it. There's also a section dealing with science, the impossibility of evolution, and even a chapter that debunks some myths about the "Scopes Monkey Trial". Wondering about skeptics arguments against Jesus? There's a section filled with information. Finally, there is a section on the Bible, the canon, the reliability of the Bible, inerrancy, and the "Gnostic gospels".
I cannot speak too highly of this book. I give it a five star ranking only because there aren't ten stars to give.
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I received this book free from Baker Publishing. Providing me a free copy in no way guarantees a favorable review. The opinions expresses in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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'Evidence For God' is a superbly crafted look at evidence for God in general and Jesus Christ in particular.

Edited by well known apologists William Dembski and Michael Licona, this book contains fifty chapters on various topics of Christian evidences. It contains positive arguments such as the cosmological and moral and critiques of some other worldviews such as naturalism and atheism. Additionally, it addresses some of the 'problem' issues such as the question of evil. It is full of great ideas to ponder and is very meaty.

Some of the truths contained in it are pointed out in a very effective way. In discussing molecular biology, Bill Wilberforce correctly asserts: 'In any other field, things that look like they have been carefully engineered are presumed to be engineered.' Not so in the current climate of hostility toward all things theistic. In fact, the academic world is so biased that this molecular biologist must use a pen name.

One of my favorite chapters contains a rather comprehensive set of questions that one may wish to pose to his/her favorite Darwinist.

Besides the general sections on the existence of God, there are some chapters that specifically address the questions regarding whether Jesus Christ is God, is the only way to salvation, the very existence of Jesus' life on Earth, etc. Amazingly enough there are many who question even the fact that He walked the Earth. As Paul Maier writes in a chapter addressing that, 'There is more evidence that Jesus of Nazareth certainly lived than for most famous figures of the ancient past. The evidence is of two kinds: internal and external. In both cases, the total evidence is so overpowering, so absolute, that only the shallowest of intellects would dare to deny Jesus' existence.
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Thomas Aquinas was the one of the pioneers who aimed to prove the existence of God and that Christian theism is rational. His philosophical and apologetic pursuits were complex and brilliant. Drawing from the expertise of his teacher, Albert Magnus, as well as Augustine and Aristotle, Aquinas formulated five proofs for the existence of God. And herein William Dembski (PhD, U. of Ill.; PhD, U. of Chic.; professor of philosophy) and Michael Licona (PhD, U. of Pretoria) provide 50 persuasive reasons for belief in God. In "Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science" they examine fifty compelling reasons for belief in God as they concentrate on many recent and vital questions about God, science, Jesus Christ, and scripture.

Topics include:

-The moral argument for theism
-The cosmological argument for God
-Did Jesus really exist and is He the exclusive way to Heaven?
-What about those who have never heard the gospel?
-Near Death experiences
-Three approaches to suffering and evil
-Is the Bible reliable?
-The weaknesses of the Gnostic gospels
-Responding to the problem of evil and suffering
-Is intelligent design true and convincing?
-and much more.

Jude 3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

And always remember that Atheism is rationally self-nullifying. The most an atheist can logically claim about the non-existence of God is agnosticism -- to profess that he doesn't know if God exists.
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