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Evidence for the Resurrection Hardcover – February 2, 2009
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I should of read some of this book before buying it. I already know why I need Jesus. Instead I wanted some academic reasons to prove the resurrection. What I got is a evangelistic book that shows why people need Jesus.
This book should be titled, "Why You Need Jesus."
The book is so well documented that few if any readers will be able to deny that the resurrection actually occurred. A great resource for laypeople, pastors, evangelists and skeptics.
The McDowells may not have chosen the title (usually, publishers do that), but whoever did choose it, it is inappropriate. Only one chapter truly is about "evidence for the Resurrection." There are also chapters about such things as historical knowledge and miracles, which are not specific to the Resurrection (though I am glad they are there). Most of the rest of the book is essentially an extended personal testimony feature, explaining why the Resurrection (assuming it happened) gives your life meaning and purpose, and shows just how much God (sentimentally) loves you. Nice. But it isn't "evidence for the Resurrection," not one bit of it.
The irony here is that the McDowells are taking this approach out of what is likely a perceived necessity. The selfish, "me me" generation -- which they recognize as a serious problem -- doesn't want to hear about history; they want to hear about what's in it for me -- er, them. Not that this approach is surprising. As when I interviewed him years ago, Josh McDowell remains convinced that personal testimony and experience is what converts people, as it did him. In contrast, Sean seems to have a much more realistic and practical perspective in the sections of the book he wrote, placing more emphasis on the Resurrection as a historical fact. I am wondering if we have him to thank for whatever depth this book has, which is still not very much.Read more ›
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This is an excellent book, with a strong apologetic focus on Christ's life, death, and resurrection.Published 9 months ago by Michael Rowland
February 3, 2010
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