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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.
Another consideration worth mentioning is the target audience of the book. The author states that his audience is the "average Christian (or interested seeker) who has not had the opportunity for formal study in a Bible college or seminary, but senses the need for some solid information." I think the conversational writing style and the lack of cumbersome theological vocabulary make this book very user friendly and I find myself thinking that Von Kamecke succeeds in writing for his intended audience.
Now, on to content...
The book is divided into four main parts; "Myths about the Bible," "Myths about Jesus," "Myths about God," and "Myths about the Christian faith." Personally, I think this is a fairly thorough and well represented collection of questions and topics. Not all of them hold my interest, but I'm sure that might be said of my efforts if I were choosing chapter titles and themes too.
Someone said it in another review (there are links to other Busted reviews at the end of this post) that Fred Von Kamecke "writes with a winsome attitude", so I won't say it again...but that is a very accurate observation. The lightness of heart and occasional interjections of humor make the book easy to read and holds the reader's interest when some of the material presented might not be that interesting; at least this was my experience.
As I mentioned, there are several reviews floating around the blogosphere at the moment and several of them go into more substantive detail of the chapters, themes, and specific myths. Please click on the accompanying links for that information, or better yet, get yourself a copy of the book (smile). One additional item I do want to mention that I personally find great value in is the supporting notes and "going deeper" reading lists at the end of every "exposed myth." I think these are invaluable for the person who really wants to dig and consider this information to be the "gold" of the book.
In conclusion, I think the book hits its mark. I think with the qualifications and disclaimer set forth by the author, he delivers what he advertises. Busted is a worthwhile read. I think it will make a great addition to my lending library and it would serve well as a coffee table book for conversation seeding...and ultimately, that's what it is about, conversations. Where we can talk, interact, and relate to one another about our faith, there God is...revealing Himself and making Himself known in very real and tangible ways.
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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