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Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science Paperback – July 1, 2010
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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
L. Russ Bush III
William A. Dembski
Craig A. Evans
Gary R. Habermas
Phillip E. Johnson
Andreas J. Köstenberger
Michael R. Licona
Paul L. Maier
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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
-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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a disappointment. As far as I can tell, the word "evidence" is completely misleading in this title. Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. Gray
Everyone interested in "proof of God" should read this book. it is a part of my permanent library as a reference work. Read morePublished 20 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
it is and excellent summarize of several ideas and apologetic arguments. i have given it away to several friends and now they are changing their minds.Published on August 9, 2013 by Andres Castaneda
It's not the consumate collection for the theist thesis, but these short, easy-to-read essays give popular level theists a solid foundation for reasonable belief in God.Published on June 3, 2013 by Jeffery Graff
I found it a good resource even if I have many of the contributors' book already. It sums up many vital points for different apologetic issues.Published on March 31, 2013 by BP Batman