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The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict: Evidence I & II Fully Updated in One Volume To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians in the 21st Century. Hardcover – November 21, 1999
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Bestselling author and Christian apologist Josh McDowell hopes The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict will further document historical evidence of the Christian faith. As such, it is a straightforward compilation of notes prepared for his lecture series, "Christianity: Hoax or History?" The entire book (over 750 pages) is laid out in outline form, which makes it easier for researchers, scholars, and students to access. As a result, this is not reflective fireside reading. Rather, it is a tool for locating supporting "evidence" whenever the need arises. Part I addresses the trustworthiness of the Bible; Part II offers historical evidence and supporting attestations for Jesus' claim to God; Part III addresses "radical Christian criticism" of the Bible; Part IV is devoted to quelling the voice of numerous skeptics, including "a defense for the existence of miracles" and "answers to divergent worldview."
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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Six months after the memorial gift to a Presbyterian church library of a large Presbyterian church, my gift to my friend with the acknowledgement of how much he had meant to me in the few years I had known him, had not been acknowledged. Upon contacting the church library, they indicated they had not received the book and therefore had not inventoried it in the church library. Back tracking, Amazon dot Com's records should the book had been shipped and received by the church. What happened to the book?
I never received a proper answer to that question. I have some ideas about the matter. THE NEW EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT is not heresy and should not cause a schism in any believing individual or denomination. Shortly after my inquiry, the acknowledgements came. I hope the individual or individuals who withheld this wonderful reference from the church library were blessed by their readings by the Holy Spirit, strengthening their faith, in those areas where there are doubts, and if the reader was a none believer, hopefully his or her questions have been answered and that now they are a part of the body of Christ.
His first two books were first issued in a combined volume in [I believe] 1981; the first editions were Evidence that Demands a Verdict and More Evidence That Demands a Verdict. This 1999 edition begins with Josh's moving testimony (originally presented at the end of Volume I). He explains the reason for a new edition in the Preface: "Since the first edition... significant new discoveries have occurred that further confirm the historical evidence for the Christian faith. For example, new archaeological finds have added additional confirmation to the credibility of both the Old and New Testaents. Nevertheless, for the past twenty years our culture has been heavily influenced by the philosophical outlook called postmodernism. People today question why evidence for the Christian faith is even necessary or important... It is my hope that, in providing the most up-to-date information, this third edition... will equip Christians of the twenty-first century with confidence as they seek to understand and defend their faith." (Pg. xiii-xiv)
In a section entitled, "God Sometimes Used Non-biblical Sources," he states, "Undoubtedly the doctrine of inspiration does not exclude the use of human documents as a source of divine truth. Such use is exactly what the Bible does claim. Luke's Gospel was based on research he had done using written sources of his day (see Luke 1:1-4). The writer of Joshua used the book of Jasher for his famous quotation about the sun's standing still (Josh 10:13)... Jude cited a noncanonical saying about the prophecy of Enoch (v. 14)." (Pg. 339)
He states about the census of Quirinius in Luke 2, "archaeological discoveries show that the Romans had a regular enrollment of taxpayers and also held censuses every fourteen years. This procedure was indeed begun under Augustus and the first took place in either 23-22 B.C. or in 9-8 B.C. The latter would be the one to which Luke refers. Second, we find evidence that Quirinius was governor of Syria around 7 B.C. This assumption is based on an inscription found in Antioch ascribing Quirinius to this post. As a result of this finding, it is now supposed that he was governor twice---once in 7 B.C., and the other time in 6 A.D." He then quotes Norman Geisler's translation ] of Luke 2:2, "This census took place BEFORE Quirinius was governor of Syria." (Pg. 63)
He suggests, "Some alleged errors [in the Bible] turn out to be discrepancies introduced by the copyists who had handwritten copies of Bible manuscripts. An example is the age of Ahaziah when he began to reign (age 22 according to 2 Kin. 8:26, but age 42 according to 2 Chr. 22:2). Other supposed 'errors' are DIVERGENT but not contradictory accounts. Luke records that there were two angels at the tomb after the resurrection (24:4), but Matthew mentions only one. This is, of course, divergent, but it would be contradictory only if Matthew had said there was ONLY one angel at the tomb at ONE AND THE SAME TIME that Luke declared two to be present." (Pg. 346)
He argues, "While the debate rages on, there is no longer any reason to accept the 1200 date [for the Exodus)... Recent digs have uncovered evidence that the last phase of the [Middle Bronze] period involves more time than originally thought, so that its end is closer to 1400 B.C. than 1550 B.C. This realignment would bring together two events previously thought to have been separated by centuries: the fall of Canaan's MB II cities and the conquest. Another change may be warranted in the traditional view of Egyptian history... Velikovsky and Courville assert that six hundred extra years in that chronology throw off these dates for events all around the Middle East." (Pg. 379)
Even if you own copies of the earlier editions, there are enough changes in this latest edition to warrant purchasing this new version. And if you DON'T have a copy of the earlier editions, and you have any interest whatsoever in Christian apologetics, this "classic" in the field is "must reading."