From Publishers Weekly
Despite contributions from high-profile writers such as Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell and Peter Kreeft, this anthology adds nothing to the age-old genre of Christian apologetics. It opens with essays defending both truth and theism against postmodern atheists, and eventually moves to specifically Christian teachings: "Why I Believe the Bible Is the Word of God," "Why I Believe Jesus Is the Messiah and Son of God," and "Why I Have Chosen to Follow Christ." Some essays, such as J.P. Moreland's autobiographical discussion of his choice to follow Jesus, are stirring. Others are dull and predictable: Barry Leventhal (Southern Evangelical Seminary), for example, tediously rehearses the Old Testament prophecies that he believes Jesus fulfilled. As a collection, the book is unbalanced. There are, for instance, too many contributions from some writers; editor Geisler offers two essays, as does Liberty University's Gary Habermas. Given the abundance of Christian "leading thinkers," one wishes the editors had been a bit more imaginative and included a greater diversity of voices. Particularly troubling is the total absence of female contributors. In an era in which many women leave the evangelical churches for spiritual homes more friendly to feminism, this book would have been strengthened immeasurably by an essay or two by leading women thinkers explaining why they, too, believe. This disappointing collection of apologetic essays will send readers scurrying back to Cardinal Newman and other bolder, more invigorating defenses of the faith.
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From Library Journal
Divided into six parts, this book presents 16 separately authored chapters on such topics as "Why I Believe in Miracles" and "Why I Have Chosen To Follow Christ." These are not just personal testimonies; each of these well-written chapters engages antireligious assumptions found in today's culture and education. As such, each offers thought-provoking ideas even for those who may disagree. The "leading thinkers" promised in the subtitle, however, turn out to be a group of evangelical professors, many with seminary connections. Few of these names will be familiar to anyone outside of the evangelical community. Contributions from a broad range of Christian thinkers would have widened the book's appeal while strengthening its point. Recommended for public libraries. C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN
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