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About the Author

 Steven B. Cowan is the Jim Young associate professor of Philosophy and Religion at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.

Terry L. Wilder is professor and Wesley Harrison chair of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

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  • File Size: 1602 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (July 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DWTAJSE
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This book is great if you are new to this subject or don't prefer to read 400+ page tomes by professional biblical scholars. If you prefer the later, this will not give you the depth you want. It is an overview of basic evangelical and traditional Christian approaches to various critiques of the bible.

Now, in response to the above reviewer's comments I would just point out that Mr. Loftus is a rather well known apologist for atheism. He sells many books via amazon. You can look him up. If you want first rate biblical scholarship and have the time to read it, I suggest books by the following: N.T. Wright, Darrell Bock, Larry Hurtado, John P. Meier, Craig Blomberg, Richard Bauckham, Craig S. Keener, Mike Locona, Daniel B. Wallace (deals with Ehrman), Wayne Grudem, Scott Hahn (Catholic perspective), and Timothy Paul (dealing with Ehrman). By the way, anyone who still believes the old worn out G.A. Wells theory about Jesus being a myth needs to read Bart Ehrman's book "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth." Ehrman is not a Christian; however, he conclusively proves that the "Jesus myth" theory is not even remotely intellectually acceptable.
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The Bible is the best selling book of all time. However,anyone who has done any evangelism and has attempted to utilize apologetics knows that the Bible still faces plenty of stern criticism. When it comes to all the apologetic material that is presently available, there hasn’t been a lot offered on Biblical apologetics. That’s why the Church is blessed to have a resource such as this book. This book contains a variety of apologetic essays that tackle topics such as:

Does the Bible Contain Forgeries?

Is The New Testament Historically Reliable?

Are There Conflicting Theologies in the Bible?

Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?

Does the Bible Conflict With Science? (which can be read online here)

Do We Have the Right Canon?

Does the Bible Condone Genocide?

What Does It Mean to Say That The Bible is True?

Can We Understand the Bible?

Is the Bible the Word of God?

Just a quick glance at these topics will alert the reader that this book sets out to do business! The chapters are very detailed and each essay has plenty of footnotes to help the reader purse a deeper study on the topic at hand.

Overall, this is an excellent resource. The essays are relevant and helpful to the evangelism/apologetics efforts of the Church today. Try to pick it up and give it a read. You won’t be disappointed. P.S: Sorry John Loftus didn't like it. Oh well.
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What do a Bible, a treadmill, and a liberal arts degree all have in common?

If you said that they’re all “things people buy and often never end up using,” then Steven Cowan and Terry Wilder’s In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture may be the book that you need. Quite clear in its intention, this work aims to assess the Christian doctrine of the verbal, plenary inspiration – and, therefore, the inerrancy – of the Old and New Testaments by responding to many of the key criticisms levied against the Bible today. While much of its material will likely be familiar to a seminary graduate, this book offers a valuable collection of resources for the educated Christian (with plenty of footnotes to direct further study) in a single, concise volume.

The first of the book’s three sections addresses philosophical and methodological approaches to the Bible. These four chapters lay a solid foundation for what follows by addressing questions of the nature of truth and the technical aspects of literary criticism. Douglas Geivett kicks the collection off with a dialogue (in the tradition of Plato, Berkeley, and Hume) that tries to ponder the likelihood of God communicating with His creation. While the points made in the chapter are generally solid, the fictionalized conversation unfortunately comes off as artificial. In fact, this was the most difficult chapter of all seventeen to finish, but that was purely a matter of its form, not its content.

Fortunately, Douglas Blount’s excellent chapter follows quickly and considers different definitions of truth and how they relate to the Bible. Unsurprisingly, he champions the correspondence theory over and above coherentist or pragmatistic viewpoints, but does a nice job explaining all three (51).
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Introduction

No book is more maligned in today's relativistic, anti-religion culture than the Bible. From constant public attacks of the new atheists to the revelation of "mythical" and thus false elements discovered within its pages heralded by liberal scholars, the bible has lost its place of prominence and influence in the mind of the American psyche. Steven B. Cowan, the Jim Young associate professor of Philosophy and Religion at Louisiana College, and Terry L. Wilder, the professor and Wesley Harrison chair of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, seek to rebut and defend the fallen seat of authority with the help of various theologians, apologists, and philosophers in their work. Not only do the writers believe Scripture to be inspired by God himself and inerrant, they believe good arguments can be marshaled in defense of such a position. Their work is constructed in a comprehensive fashion with broad application to various areas as follows: philosophical and methodological challenges, textual and historical challenges, and ethical, scientific, and theological challenges. Each writer contributes an article to the aforementioned work.

Philosophical and Methodological Challenges

R. Douglas Geivett opens the first section of the book answering in dialogue form two questions fundamental to the foundation of any claim to inspiration: can God speak to us and would God speak to us? Geivett answers in the affirmative arguing that speech does not necessarily require a body. God is a self-conscious being who can "produce effects in the physical world in a way analogous to our function as agents in the physical world (Geivett, 27).
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