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Busted: Exposing Popular Myths about Christianity Paperback – February 22, 2009
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Recent public challenges to Christianity time and again seem to have been reduced to a series of often-repeated, skeptical sound bites or slogans. In this popularly-written volume, Fred von Kamecke considers more than a dozen of these complaints, finding a variety of reasons to declare that each charge is Busted. I recommend this convenient, well-written handbook that provides a ready set of responses to these popular challenges. Digesting this book can also help to provide a firm basis for the Christian faith. -- Gary R. Habermas
This truly insightful book tackles the tough questions surrounding our faith in a way everyone can understand and in a style everyone will want to read. -- Scott Chapman, Pastor
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You can't trust the Bible; it's been translated too many times. Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah or God. Science has proven that miracles don't happen (so the Bible is a fairytale). All religions basically teach the same thing (so all paths lead to God). Have you heard these? People say a lot of things about the Bible, God, Jesus, and Christianity that are simply not true. Like the guys on the popular cable show Mythbusters, it's time we put these commonly held myths to the test. Following a brief summary of a recurring myth or misconception about the Christian faith, Fred explains why the myth is false and provides biblical and historical evidence in his response. He masterfully weaves together serious discussion with a touch of humor in his responses, all the while keeping the focus on the Scriptures. He avoids making fun of the people who hold views which differ from his own, but the views themselves are fair game. So grab a cup of coffee and find a cozy corner. Let's do a little myth busting of our own.
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Your closing was a reminder of God's love...you gave me the tools but you reminded me that the info is not to be used to browbeat another person, but to highlight God's glory. This book is a very helpful resource for the Body of Christ for individual study or even small-group discussion.
"This book is so awesome, I'm going to read the WHOLE THING!!!" (She's not used to liking the books I send her way.)
"These are all the issues people I know keep bringing up."
"His approach is right on - he approaches it like "if they are right, then this.. and this.. would have happened. But it didn't."" (I think we call this a historical/logical approach.)
"This guy just saved me like five years of research!"
So, I think this book is worth the buy. It will be one you want several of on your shelf - maybe not for you - but for those who are seeking.
More than exposing popular myths about Christianity, it answers the "so what?" question. If God is faithful, if He in fact loves people more than anything, if His Word is true and He keeps His promises, then we have a treasure to share and a message worth defending. And that's the point of knowing the truth - bringing it to life. And that's no myth!
Skeptics have always espoused theories (disguised as facts) to discredit the relevance of Christianity. And with the anti-Christian bias in today's opinion-driven media environment, those theories are often treated as having a credible basis. Astute Bible students recognize skeptics' theories for what they have become: myths about Christianity.
In "Busted: Exposing Popular Myths about Christianity", Fred Von Kamecke exposes the myths and sets the record straight. Let's face it. It's tough to challenge a myth that has become embedded in the secular (pop culture) psyche. Von Kamecke rises to the occasion by deconstructing the myths, one at a time, using empirical evidence and straight-forward logic to make his case - or His case as it were.
Von Kamecke's work is neither a dry exposition of theological intellectualism nor is it the argumentative screed to which we are too often exposed in contemporary discourse. Instead, Von Kamecke goes about debunking myths in a practical and often humorous manner that can be easily understood.
Von Kamecke does not get caught up in circular arguments that drift off into the abstract. Instead, he uses investigative methodology to tackle many of the most popular myths about Christianity with precision and speed. After reading this book, Christians will be able to separate fact from fiction when talking with others about these pesky myths, and seekers who simply want "to know" will find enlightenment.
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