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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bethany House Pub (June 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087123890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871238900
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To use C. S. Lewis's words, John Warwick Montgomery was brought over the threshold of Christian faith "kicking and struggling."

The year was 1949. The place, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Herman John Eckelmann, a persistent engineering student succeeded in goading Montgomery into religious discussions. Montgomery, a philosophy major disinterested in religion, found himself forced to consider seriously the claims of Jesus Christ in the New Testament in order to preserve his intellectual integrity. After no mean struggle he acknowledged his rebellion against God, asking His forgiveness.

Today, he is considered by many to be the foremost living apologist for biblical Christianity.

A renaissance scholar with a flair for controversy, he lives in France, England and the United States. His international activities have brought him into personal contact with some of the most exciting events of our time: not only was he in China In June 1989, but he was In Fiji during its 1987 bloodless revolution, was involved in assisting East Germans to escape during the time of the Berlin Wall, and was in Paris during the 'days of May' 1968.

He is an ordained Lutheran clergyman, an English barrister, and is admitted to practise as a lawyer before the Supreme Court of the United States and inscrit au Barreau de Paris, France. He obtained acquittals for the 'Athens 3' missionaries on charges of proselytism at the Greek Court of Appeals in 1986 and won the leading religious liberty cases of Larissis v. Greece and Bessarabian Orthodox Church v. Moldova before the European Court of Human Rights.

Dr. Montgomery is the author of more than fifty books in five languages. He holds ten earned degrees, Including a Master of Philosophy in Law from the University of Essex, England, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a Doctorate of the University in Protestant Theology from the University of Strasbourg, France, and the higher doctorate in law (LL.D.) from the University of Cardiff, Wales.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1997
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This text was first published in the 1960s and has proven to be a classic work inspiring other Christian apologists like Josh McDowell. The book arose out of a series of lectures delivered in Canada. Montgomery's style is eminently readable. He sets out three essential tests in historiography and applies each test to the gospel records. His purpose is to demonstrate that the gospel accounts are historically sound and reliable sources of data for the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. From the quantity and quality of extant Greek manuscripts of the gospels, the internal eyewitness value of the documents and the external verification of them, Montgomery shows we can depend on them. He then explores the portrait of Jesus as the incarnation of God and delves into the evidence for his bodily resurrection from the dead. This is a superb, succinct treatment of the subject, and its continuing circulation in print is a testament to its worth. A book that non-Christians can grapple with if they doubt the veracity of the Gospels.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
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In an age of controversy concerning the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth, Dr. Montgomery's book is still a refreshing look at who is Jesus. If you want to read a text devoid of the higher critcism tactics utilized by the "Jesus Seminar" then this is definitely a book that you should buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Todd on November 24, 2009
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In this short, highly readable book, Dr. Montgomery defends the New Testament against its critics by going directly to the original documents themselves and subjecting them to the tests of reliability used by historians and literary critics. What the reader comes away with is the undeniable conclusion that the Bible is an accurate presentation of what eye witnesses to the life of Jesus Christ documented. Also,compared to other documents universally regarded as accurate and authentic even though they were written more than one thousand years after the original manuscripts were supposedly written, the earliest known manuscripts of the books of the New Testament were written less than 300 years after the events documented and their accuracy would hold up in any court of law.

This is an excellent resource for those Christians who are witnessing to skeptics who may be more amenable to the Gospel presentation once certain intellectual, legal, and historical/critical hurdles are overcome.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frank Webster on April 13, 2001
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Dr. Montgomery's book is an outstanding treatment of the historicity of the New Testament. It is well written, succint, and it complete guts the arguments of the "scholars" from the ineptly named "Jesus Seminar". What is even better is that it was written many years prior to their "scholarship".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 17, 2010
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John Warwick Montgomery (b. 1931) is one of the major philosophical apologists of the 20th century. He is also a trained lawyer, which influenced his "historical/legal" approach to Christian apologetics. He is perhaps best known as a writer for his book History and Christianity, as well as for his debates with the infamous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1967), with the "Death of God" theologian Thomas Altizer (reprinted in Montgomery's book The Suicide of Christian Theology), as well as with Joseph Fletcher, who wrote the book Situation Ethics, The New Morality. (The Montgomery/Fletcher debate is reprinted in Situation ethics; true or false?: A dialogue between Joseph Fletcher and John Warwick Montgomery (Dimension books).)

This brief (110 pages) book began in 1963 as two lectures, which were subsequently expanded into four articles in HIS Magazine in 1964-1965. C.S. Lewis even wrote a letter (one of the very last Lewis wrote) to Montgomery, lauding the book (the letter is printed in the book). Josh McDowell's Evidence That Demands a Verdict gave a lot of attention to Montgomery's book, as well.

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"This is not to say that New Testament writers did not ever employ sources. We have seen that Luke expressly asserts that he did so.
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