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Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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"Here's a treasure trove of apologetic gems! This is an indispensable book that all Christians should keep within reach. Countless people benefitted from the original version, but this updated and expanded edition makes this volume even more valuable and timely. Thank you, Josh and Sean -- this classic resource has my very highest recommendation!" - Lee Strobel, Best-Selling Author of The Case for Christ and In Defense of Jesus
"When I was a college student full of questions about the authenticity of my faith, I usedEvidence That Demands a Verdict as my go-to reference book. I'm grateful to Josh for this updated release for my two sons." - Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family
"It is not without reason that Evidence That Demands a Verdict has stood the test of time with readers around the world for nearly four decades. Josh McDowell has not only been a pioneer in the field of apologetics and worldviews but a friend and encourager to many, including me. I am thrilled that he has partnered with his son, Sean, to update his classic book and know it will challenge and inspire you." - Ravi Zacharias, Author and Speaker
"My friend Josh McDowell and his son Sean have given us an updated and relevant 21st Century tool to encourage faith and trust in the reliability of Scripture. For those who want to understand how to defend the veracity of the Christian faith, Evidence That Demands a Verdict is the book for you." - Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and President of The Urban Alternative
"In 1972, shortly after the accident in which I became paralyzed, I picked up a book that helped solidify my belief in God and faith in Christ. Still struggling to accept my wheelchair, I needed rock-solid evidence that there was a personal God who genuinely cared about my plight. Evidence That Demands a Verdict was that remarkable book, and I'm so happy that this timeless classic is now updated and being released to a whole new generation of readers! Can't recommend it enough!" - Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder/CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
"Significant. Timely. Life-Changing. For decades, Evidence That Demands a Verdict has met believers, seekers and skeptics at the intersection of faith and fact, laying a foundation of unshakeable, time-proven truth for us to stand on through ages of skepticism, mysticism and so-called tolerance. I am thrilled for the updated and expanded edition of this landmark resource to reach the hearts and minds of a rising generation, and I trust it will have the same impact in their lives as it did in mine. I'm grateful for Josh and Sean McDowell's relentless passion to equip and empower God's people to confidently and boldly stand for truth. You'll want to keep this book close at hand!" - Louie Giglio, Pastor of Passion City Church, Founder of Passion Conferences, Author of Goliath Must Fall
"This book changed my life. It showed me the staggering welter of evidence for the historicity of the bible -- and convinced me that having faith in the biblical God is infinitely more rational than not having such faith. Any agnostic or atheist reluctant to become a Christian must take every precaution available to avoid this book." - Eric Metaxas, author of Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World and host of the nationally-syndicated Eric Metaxas Show.
About the Author
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 and overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love. After his conversion, Josh committed his life to telling a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. After studying at Kellogg College, Josh completed his college degree at Wheaton College and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, graduating magna cum laude with a Masters of Divinity. Working with Campus Crusade for Christ and founding the youth outreach, Josh McDowell Ministry, Josh has shared the gospel with more than 25 million people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-authored of 147 books.
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I really love the Appendix: Responding to the Challenges of Bart Ehrman. Whenever I engage in conversations with atheists or agnostics on college campuses, they often quote or cite Bart Ehrman to support their view on God, the Bible, and so forth. Instead of going through all the books by Bart Ehrman (I have most of it), it saves me tons of time simply to look at the Appendix.
Each section is divided further into smaller chapters, all packed with a wealth of information and data, all with appropriate references. I love this book as I know that as Christians we are not to have blind faith, but have reasonable faith. Reading books like this only strengthens our faith. Other books that are very helpful, if you did not read them yet are A Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, and Cold Case Christianity. Parts of these books may present the same type of information, but they do really complement each other. As we are to love the Lord our God with our whole hearts, minds, and strength!
This book is wonderful in hardback and also in Kindle, which is the format that I chose. The Kindle Version has all the awesome content. Plus, it also has a very extensive interactive table of contents, which makes navigating through this huge book so easy and quick. It has hyperlinks of each section, chapter, and even sections of each chapter to direct you where you need to go, especially if this is to be used as a reference.
This is a huge tome, numbering 868 pages in total. I am reading it from the beginning to the end and enjoying every word of it ! After reading it, I know I will return to it again and again and using it as a useful reference. This edition is updated from the book of the same title almost 20 years ago. This new addition has brought with it may new data, research, archeological evidence etc. since that time. That is why I have waited to buy this book and bought it on the first day available. This is a amazing reference. It strengthens faith, and it has great information for believers and unbelievers as well! It gives us preparation for when people ask us to give an answer and to give a reason of our hope that you have. "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," 1 Peter 3:15, and "to always be ready to preach in and out of season, to rebuke, correct, and encourage with patience and careful instruction." 2 Timothy 4:2 I highly recommend this book ! I pray that this book will help you. May God open our spiritual eyes and enlighten our hearts to the hope of our calling ! In Jesus name, Amen.
This book is massive (at just under 900 pages)! But it is an encyclopedia of evidence that will prepare Christians to respond to any argument that an atheist or skeptic may bring up. To be honest with you, the Table of Contents is usually one of the first places I study in books I’m reading, but I usually end up skimming through it pretty quickly. But in Evidence, I was pleasantly surprised at the layout. Not only will you find a listing of the chapters, but a brief description of the contents. At the opposite end of the book, the Subject Index is also quite extensive. I know these are not things usually bragged on in a book review, but for a book this size—and for the numerous times you undoubtedly will be returning to prepare to answer a skeptic—these two reference points are extremely handy!
The first edition of “Evidence” (written by just Josh) came out nearly 20 years ago. If anything, the evidence for the beliefs that Christians hold has been further validated through research, archeological discoveries, and the like. So it was time for this classic book to be updated. The additional apologetic insights from Sean in this edition is a very nice addition.
Whether you read “Evidence” when it was first released or not, every Christian that wants to answer Peter’s directive for preparedness needs to get this new edition.
Every Christian and especially EVERY Christian minister should buy and study this book! It answers the WHY we can believe with confidence, not blind faith!
Even non-believers or atheists should get this book if they are serious about having the facts that they are basing their faith decisions on!