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Did the Resurrection Happen . . . Really?: A Dialogue on Life, Death, and Hope (The Coffee House Chronicles) by [McDowell, Josh, Sterrett, Dave]
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About the Author

JOSH MCDOWELL As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. In 1961 Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus.

DAVE STERRETT is a conference speaker and writer for a movement called I am Second. Along with ministering in churches, high schools, and college campuses, Dave serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament, Philosophy and Apologetics at Liberty University. In addition to the three book series, Coffee House Chronicles, Dave is the author of Why Trust Jesus? (Moody Publishers) and co-author of the book, "O" God, A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah's Spirituality.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2011
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFRM32
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In the first two books of their Coffee House Chronicles series, authors Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett introduced us to a group of students (and a couple of instructors) who, together, go on a journey through the evidence surrounding the reliability of the Bible and the truth of Jesus Christ's identity.

At the end of book two, Who Was Jesus... Really?, Nick's friend Andrea had placed her trust in Christ has Lord and Savior--as did Dr. Peterson, Nick's professor who had spent much of his life and career casting doubt upon the reliability of the New Testament accounts and the person and work of Jesus Christ. So powerfully convinced was he that he held a lecture recanting of his former positions against Christ and detailing the evidence for His existence and the truth of His divinity.

The final book of the series starts off with a bang (literally) as, in the wake of Dr. Peterson's lecture on the deity of Christ, tension on campus is at an all time high. Dr. Peterson and Jamal Washington began receiving death threats, but ultimately believed it to be nothing more than someone blowing smoke--until one day, when Brett (a pre-med student and member of the school's atheist club) travels to Dr. Peterson's office to talk more about Jesus.

As he approaches the building, he sees students begin to run out in a panic. A young woman collapses on the lawn, her shirt covered in blood. Someone had opened fire on the Religious Studies building. In the end, nine people were killed, including Jamal Washington, Nick Ridley (two primary characters in the first two books) and the shooter himself.

In the wake of this tragedy, Dr.
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Christian apologist Josh McDowell displays a deep commitment to bringing the message of Jesus Christ and salvation to young people. In "Did the Resurrection Happen...Really?" he approaches the mission from a fictional standpoint.

On a modern college campus, a debate between an instructor, representing the historical Christ, an atheist and an agnostic leads to tension and questioning among the student body. The school hosts an atheist club along with faith-based groups and seems an unlikely place for violence. Yet a shooting occurs and the survivors search for answers.

McDowell paints a detailed picture of a community in crisis and shows the meaning of hope because of the Resurrection. He accomplishes this through lively, often dramatic conversation among the characters in a series of encounters between believers, seekers and those firmly against the Christian faith.

As the students interact, they discuss scripture, history and truth. One such discussion centers on the reasons people believe. Should people come to faith because it gives them comfort or because it has been proven to them intellectually? The subjects range from the garden tomb of Jesus to Elvis and Michael Jackson in a supermarket, as a formerly atheistic professor describes his reasons for accepting Jesus (at a backyard barbeque, no less).

McDowell and Sterrett tell the story with a deft touch, avoiding a "wise adult lecturing poor, ignorant kids" attitude. The book is a journey of discovery among peers, with pro and con given equal weight. The presentation is balanced and a convincing depiction of questioning young people pursuing a subject. They ask questions and discuss possible answers.

As part of the Coffee House Chronicles series, "Did the Resurrection Happen...Really?
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This reads like a bad TV sitcom with very cardboard characters acting in very stereotypical ways. But reading a "story" of someone investigating the resurrection is a little more interesting than just plowing through dry facts. And the story mechanism gives a way for objections to the resurrection to be voiced. There will be times when you are reading this that you will think "no one would ever say that" or "that is the most wooden dialogue ever written" but there is good material here that can be helpful. I think young people particularly might benefit from this different approach.
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Josh McDowell is an amazing apologist! He has a tremendous knack for being able to "put the cookies on the bottom shelf." By that I mean that he can make complex topics accessible to a wider audience than most authors. In "Did The Resurrection Happen ... Really?" he and Dave Sterrett do just that with some great arguments for and against the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This book is classified as fiction, because fictional characters are having a discussion at a fictional university about the deep subjects of life and death, and life after death. Although the characters are fictional, the questions being discussed are real, and the sources quoted in defense of each side of the argument are all non-fictional.

McDowell and Sterrett (who are Christian apologists) don't dumb-down the arguments against the claims of an actual physical death and an actual physical resurrection. They quote from some of the most well-known proponents of these arguments, and then thoughtfully and persuasively rebut those claims.

Because this book is written in a conversational style, it bring the reader right into the coffee chats of the characters. It also helps the reader see how he/she could have a similar dialogue with others who question the biblical account of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The book is well footnoted, so curious readers can dig deeper and research further. But don't let this fact lead you to believe that this is a heady, academic book. As I mentioned earlier, McDowell and Sterrett definitely make these concepts accessible to a wide audience.

This would be an excellent book to read if you have friends who are skeptical to the biblical account. It would also be a very good resource for those preparing to attend a university where the faculty might be more antagonistic toward the biblical worldview. In any case, it was a very enjoyable and educational book.
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