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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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Product Details

  • Series: Evidence That Demands a Verdict (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Here's Life Publishers,Inc.; Revised edition (December 31, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918956463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918956460
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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).

Please visit: www.josh.org

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80 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
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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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dan on August 31, 2005
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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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carr on 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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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kalman on December 7, 2012
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I don't know that I would recommend this book to an athiest--I don't trust people not to quote-mine. I have found his historical and archaeologically "proofs" sound. The fact is, no one can prove anything. We have to look at the evidence and makes leaps of faith. But the leaps don't have to be huge. I use the information in this book in personal evangelism when dealing with agnostics or young athiests. If or when they start looking for truth, they will turn to the Bible first and foremost, because I have showed them that it is different. Use evidence to back up your faith. People don't hear that very often. I can't count the number of times I've been told, "I've never met anyone like you before." As far as older athiests go, counter their attacks and pray for them. Otherwise they resemble concrete walls, and your head will start hurting very quickly. But remember, our secret weapon works pretty well on concrete walls. Just ask the people of Jericho.
P.S. During the excavations of Jericho (1930-1936) Garstang found something so startling that a statement of what was found was prepared and signed by himself and two other members of the team. In reference to these findings Garstang says: "As to the main fact, then, there remains no doubt: the walls fell outwards so completely that the attackers would be able to clamber up and over their ruins into the city." I love my LORD. Of course He would knock the walls outward, just like He tore the forty-foot temple veil from top to bottom and made some of the planets spin backwards. He justs likes to keep athiests guessing.
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