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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501463
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wholesome, faith-affirming volume. It will appeal to Christians who recognize many of the convictions they hold regarding the Christian faith, but who have not seen this many reasons all organized carefully under one cover."
Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Philosophy Dept, Liberty University and Theological Seminary

"Comprehensive and concise, qualities one rarely finds in the same volume. The book maintains a remarkable focus on Scripture itself. It shows how Christians can make use of traditional evidences and arguments within the Bible's own framework of thought."
John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

"One of the most helpful apologetic guides to appear in a long time. Hugely helpful and highly recommended!"
Ron Rhodes, President, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries

"We live in a day when authors prostitute their scholarship to become rich on sensationalist books about so-called 'lost Christianities' and 'lost Scriptures.' Nate Busenitz's sane and sound treatment of Christian evidences comes as a breath of fresh air."
William Varner, Professor of Biblical Studies, The Master's College; author of The Messiah: Revealed, Rejected, Received

About the Author

Nathan Busenitz serves as an associate pastor and assistant to John MacArthur at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. The author of numerous articles and books, Busenitz also teaches at The Master’s Seminary, and is the managing editor of Pulpit magazine.

John MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in California and president of The Master’s College and Seminary, as well as a best-selling author. He can be heard on the “Grace to You” radio program, which broadcasts daily around the world on nearly 2,000 stations in English and Spanish.


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The author has done his homework and conveys the results in a very clear and convincing manner.
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I highly recommend the book to strengthen your faith in the truth written and incarnate.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Gregory on August 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Reasons We Believe" is an excellent introduction to the subject of Christian apologetics. It is simple enough so that one does not need to be a theologian or expert to understand it, yet it is also comprehensive in nature. This book meshes the Scriptural, spiritual, and physical strands of reasoning and proof in order to produce a compelling case for the reality of the Christian faith. This book would be ideal for anyone seeking to learn more about Christianity, wondering about the nature of faith, or simply seeking to have their personal faith strengthened. When you've finished reading "Reasons We Believe", you'll be faced with the choice to accept Christianity in it's entirety or to reject it completely. As the book reveals, the facts speak for themselves...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Busenitz on August 4, 2008
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Here are the endorsements included in the front of the book:

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Nathan Busenitz's Reasons We Believe stands out among apologetic texts in several respects. First, it is both comprehensive and concise, qualities one rarely finds in the same volume. Further, and more important, the book maintains a remarkable focus on Scripture itself. Though it does not neglect references to extra-biblical literature when appropriate, it might actually be described as the Bible's own apologetic for itself. Therefore, the book shows how Christians can make use of traditional evidences and arguments within the Bible's own framework of thought. Thus it brings presuppositions and evidences together, rather than placing them in competition.

John Frame
Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy
Reformed Theological Seminary

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"Tremendous! Nathan Busenitz's Reasons We Believe is one of the most helpful apologetic guides to appear in a long time -- one that you can really sink your teeth into. Hugely helpful and highly recommended!"

Ron Rhodes
President
Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries

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Reasons We Believe is a wholesome, faith-affirming volume. It will appeal mostly to Christians who recognize many of the convictions they hold regarding the Christian faith, but who have not seen this many reasons, all organized carefully under one cover. It is well known that evidences are person-relative, in that particular arguments appeal to certain people, while other presentations may reach a different audience. As Nathan Busenitz points out, listing five different categories and 50 topics allows readers to skip around and find those subjects that appeal especially to them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Raymond on December 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
As Christians we are commanded to be ready to give a defense of the faith (1 Peter 3.15). And if we are at all active in speaking about the gospel, we will find that there are many questions that unbelievers have about Christianity. As a result, we are not shy to admit that we need a little help in effort to be obedient to Scripture through a patient and clear defense of the faith. This is why a well-researched, well-written articulation of Christian doctrine from an apologetic posture is so helpful. Thankfully Nathan Busenitz has given us such a product.

Reasons We Believe is a survey of 50 lines of evidence that support and promote the orthodox understanding of historic Christianity; specifically what we believe about God, the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ. Busenitz realizes that there are many books that aim at this target, but he singles out this book as different for three reasons:

1. Versatility: The book may be read straight through or by skipping around based upon pressing questions or personal interests. In this way it is helpful for personal study, small group studies or larger teaching venues.
2. Bible-Centeredness: Busenitz writes, "the book deliberately includes a substantial number of Scripture references-the aim being to bring the full force of God's Word to bear on the discussion. Our conviction is that any defense of biblical Christianity must begin with the Bible, and we have attempted to model that approach here.
3. Bibliography: The books is flat out stacked with citations pointing us to other resources to aid further study.

The book focuses on the authoritative twin support structures of Christianity, the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ. The approach is to, again, start with the Bible to demonstrate and prove truth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Benton Ruth on August 26, 2008
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This most recent addition to my library has found a place of honor as well as becoming required reading for the Spiritual Growth Group that I have been leading.
This small book is absolutely LOADED with profound statements, pithy quotes, immense wisdom and confirmations of TRUTH that every student of God's Word needs to know to become a more informed, insightful witness.
Many books are greatly overlooked because they are simplistic. Not so here. This is a condensed book of significant and vital insights collected from historical figures of reknown. A must read.
Buy it and READ it with a consuming PASSION for TRUTH. You will become filled with a deeper understanding of how we cannot honestly live without the loving God of Creation and our Salvation.
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