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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 23, 1999
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The one written with Sean DOES have it's place and is still also an excellent book. I have purchased, read, and used BOTH.
To make a short summary of the important parts:
1. The ontological arguments in the preface are full of fallacies, such as assuming a conclusion from a lack of information (argument from ignorance), or arguments that could be used to argue any god or things besides gods, such as the Kalam Cosmological argument, or just straight leaps in logic.
2. Accurate transmission is overstated, but there are no fundamental problems with it if the other evidences held up.
3. Claims that people believed they saw miracles is not convincing evidence. They are just that, Claims that need to be proven. Likewise, claims that people saw Jesus after death are claims that need to be backed up, not just taken at face value. Plenty of people have "seen" Elvis days after he died, yet there should be evidence that he was risen. The only thing that we can truly say that this is evidence for is that a few people BELIEVED they saw Jesus, just like people believed they saw Elvis.
4. Jesus claiming that he was God, even under pressure, is not evidence that he was God, only evidence that he claimed to be God. I was honestly hoping for evidence to support that claim. Instead, I got the same claims restated. I Josh also wrote in the Liar, Lunatic, Lord, Legend quadrilemma. While he did attempt to back up the quadrilemma by trying to eliminate Liar and Lunatic, his arguments do not hold true, as we have counter-examples we can see today of people that don't fit his counter-argument criteria.
Not to mention, all of these claims are only in the bible, and not mentioned in other historical documents.
5. The empty tomb is not evidence of a resurrection. There are currently many explanations of how the tomb could be empty without divine intervention. There are also questions of if such a tomb even existed, given that we have many possible candidate tombs, and none are definitive. Josh made some attempts to dismiss criticism of this point, but his arguments seemed like straw-man arguments at best.
At the end of the day, I was really hoping for some solid evidence to back up my faith, but nothing presented here really did that for me. This book seems to be vastly overrated. The only real evidence I got from this were that Jesus died, and some people claimed he was God and was resurrected. Those are the claims I was hoping to back up with this book. Unfortunately, this book didn't convince me of much beyond what I already knew.
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It's a fairly large book (I have the hardback version) with a lot of information held within. It can be read either from start to finish, by subject, or simply be dipping in and reading randomly. It contains a lot of different information ranging from the reliablity and origin of the Bible to the evidence put forward for not only the existence of Jesus as a person but also as the divine son of God. Most of the questions that those who either do not believe but are genuninely interested ask, or those that maliciously attack the Christian with questions of a nature in which they try to make out they have studied the Bible and all the evidence from a philosopical bent (you know the type I mean) ask to try and catch you out, can be answered from within the pages of this book.
I sometimes found it hard going but overall a vary easy book to get on with that contains a lot of useful information that will help the Christian witness even agaisnt those malcious types mentioned above.
Then with that you can make up your own defence with the materials provided. So this is not a book where you read it from front to back (though you can) and then repeat things in parrot fashion. you have to put some work in and make up your own defence and as a result you make it your own and you actually remember things because as i said before.. its not all parrot fashion.
You will not run out of interesting facts to read and strengthen your faith. If you are looking for answers to hard questions that people are asking, this book will definitely help.