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Evidence That Demands a Verdict, 1: Historical Evidences for the Christian Faith [Kindle Edition]

Josh McDowell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Among important books in the defense of Christianity, this one has few equals. Evidence That Demands a Verdict is an easy-to-read, front-line defense for Christians facing the tough questions of critics and skeptics. Using secular evidences and other historical sources, Josh McDowell's faith-building book is a "must read" for every Christian.

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About the Author

Josh McDowell is an internationally known speaker and author.  He is a traveling representative of Campus Crusade for Christ speaking to more than ten million young people.  Josh has authored or coauthored more than 120 books.  Josh and his wife, Dottie, have four grown children.

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  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Revised edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V8Z61M
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78 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All open minded agnostics should read this book December 14, 1998
By A Customer
If you are a truth seeking agnostic or atheist who does not categorically deny the possiblity of the supernatural you should read this book. You should also read this book if you are a Christian who does not know why you believe what you believe. This is the most comprehensive defense of Christianity that I have found.The case it makes is so convincing I was at first "certain" the evidence had to be tainted somehow. But, by using the references given in the footnotes, both for and against the argument, I verified (as can anyone else) that the evidence is presented fairly. This book is very dense and it will take perseverance to follow the argument from beginning to end. However, it is very well divided into individual criticisms which do not depend on the answers given in other areas. I recommend this book highly to everyone who is willing to spend time and thought searching for the truth. A less comprehensive, and perhaps more readable, book covering much of the same material is The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jury is still deliberating August 31, 2005
This is a good starting place for someone looking for religion or looking to increase their faith in Christianity. It is difficult reading, but the format would work well as a reference guide. I truly glory in the things in this book and I hope it can advance the Christian cause. I do consider myself a Christian believer, but putting myself on the outside looking in, I can see there is no slam dunk here. As one can readily see from previous reviews, the physical evidence can be explained away. There is some very compelling evidence in this book, but the vast majority of the evidence consists of reasoning (though I believe the reasoning for the most part to be sound) with the accounts written from within the Bible itself, or theologians commenting on it. The most credible accounts are from the Jewish historian, Josephus, though in recent decades even some of his accounts have come into question. There is reference to some lost Old Testament cities that have been recovered in recent decades.

I do not base my faith on whether or not there is physical evidence to support it, as it would truly be shaky ground to stand on, especially in this day. On the other hand, it was Austin Farrar that said, "Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish." This book is a wonderful example of just such "rational argument" that at times is very convincing.

There is no doubt that there is power in evidence to advance the nurturing of faith.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leads you into real belief October 15, 2005
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This book changed my life. It created a small seed of hope in me that eventually flourished into a life and faith that I thought was impossible to attain in this existence. It was laying around the house (actually strategically placed by my wife) and I thought it was one-sided Christian propaganda. But I picked it up one day and the most wonderful process begin. I recommend it highly if you want to start the search for something real and deep and lasting that can become the treasure of your life.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premier Apologetic Resource! September 17, 2000
Josh is one of this generation's foremost apologists for the Christian faith, having begun his journey in college as a skeptic himself setting out to disprove the Bible. To his amazement, the evidence was overwhelming and 'demanded a verdict'. The vast range of source material cited (and updated for new audiences) from personal research and extensive Scriptural and soul searching have produced a monumental one-volume arsenal to defend the faith in a friendly but firmly factual way. This belongs in every church library and should be read by every church member to re-examine the documentary evidence for believing in Christ: there is no need to apologize for accepting the Bible at face value, since it has never been disproven and the preponderance of the evidence points to its truthfulness beyond a reasonable doubt. Great companion books would be Lee Strobel's Case For Christ; Case For Faith; C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity; Norman Geisler When Critics Ask; D.James Kennedy Solving Bible Mysteries. Josh's masterpiece has stood and will withstand the test of time as a classic component of the 20th/21st Centuries' apologetic arsenal. Meaty but more than manageable for the patient Bible student/sincere seeker.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think about the origin of this book. September 3, 1999
By A Customer
After reading through the other reviews of this book, it became clear that many of the readers of this book don't understand where this book "came from."
Dr. Josh McDowell, at one point in time, was an atheist. He was very angry at Christians. This book started out as his attempt to disprove Christianity. As he did more and more research, the evidence against his argument overwhelmed him.
As a result he is now one of the finest men of God around, and a great speaker. Read this book if you haven't already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your beliefs April 28, 2013
By Ken
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Thsi book is valuable if you are a believer and want more information to support your beliefs. On the other hand, if you are not a believer it has little of value.

To support Christian believe's Josh McDowell uses mostly scripture passages; and he is selective in what passages he uses. I would think another author could use selective passages to make the counter agrument.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Intelligent, academic, logical, and correct! A good resource which I am going to recommend to all my friends
Published 13 days ago by Douglas Stites
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Explanations
This book is filled with very compelling explanations concerning questions of the Bible. Josh McDowell has done research and shared it with the readers in a way that is... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evidence that Demands a verdict vol, 1
This book should be in every Christians collection. Also it is an excellent book for anyone who desires to check for themselves the authenticity of Christianity; it's not just for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jbman
4.0 out of 5 stars First and favorite
This is the first book on Christian apologetics I had read and it is still a favorite. Mr. McDowell admirably tackles the variety of subjects that the believers of today face. Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Get hard science about God & the Christian Bible
Josh McDowell does an excellent job leveraging the method to compose a college level research paper - systematically and in a logical flow - showing that there is a solid case for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it.
I haven't finished it but it is not light reading. I am learning a lot from it too and it was highly recommended to me.
Published 4 months ago by colleen morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent presentation of facts. Very scholarly. When in doubt this helps you to make a clear and conscious choice of where to put your trust.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must read for All True True Christians!
True evidence to defend our faith with back up verses from the Bible. can't get any better than this. A must read for anyone desiring the most truth we know.
Published 4 months ago by Klove
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book is amazing in proving the bible to be the absolute proof. It takes you through a voyage into history, and background of the time of Christ.
Published 5 months ago by Maria Nunez
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Well-Researched Apologetics
This book contains invaluable research in support of the Bible, particularly in chapter 4, where McDowell points to the 24,000 manuscript copies preserving the text of the New... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joshua David Zambrano
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More About the Author

A trailblazer for truth and relationships, Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and ground-breaking ministry for over five decades.

Josh shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that youth, families, churches, leaders and individuals of all ages are prepared for the life of faith and the work of the ministry. This included leveraging resources based on years of experiences, new technologies and strategic partnerships.

Since 1961, Josh has delivered more than 26,000 talks to over 25,000,000 people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-author of 140 books, including More Than a Carpenter and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World Magazine as one of the top 40 books of the twentieth century. Josh's books are available in over 100 different languages.

Josh and his wife, Dottie, are quick to acknowledge that after their love for the Lord, family is their greatest joy and top priority. They have been married for 41 years and have four wonderful children and eight beloved grandchildren.

Josh McDowell Ministry is a division of Cru (the U.S. division of Campus Crusade for Christ International).

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