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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."
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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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This is actually Volumes I and II put together in one book. Wish I had know that, before I bought I AND II!!
Josh McDowell is a wonderful researcher, and this has so much information that our wonderful liberal media never put out. Really worth buying and having!!
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go get some more bites of steak.... ;-)
What is Truth? What are the basic principles that govern the universe? Both science and religion seek to answer these questions and they really can't be separated. Anyone who believes that the complexity of this universe happened by chance has a lot more faith in miracles than I do. Why would random acts of molecular structure suddenly happen with such regularity that they become scientific law? If the life force which sustains physical life does not cease with death, then what is this alternate spiritual life like?
If this spiritual world communicates with the physical, prophecy would be one way. Anyone can find some fault in any prophecy. However, if we allow the prophecy to stand on its own for the moment and examine it with other prophecies, is their some consistency which emerges? How are they and the prophet verified?
Is there a consistency of the various authors of the Bible over the hundreds of years in which they wrote? It is that there is a Creator of the universe which has a moral foundation to His personhood and requires that in His creation. He instructs a nation of His standard and requires of them a personal payment for those who break His moral code (Old Testament). He then clarifies His instruction and offers a means of substitution for that personal payment (New Testament). We, however, want to define our own moral code and reject a Creator who doesn't meet our requirements.
Josh McDowell gives a reasonable explanation for accepting the Bible as a valid reference for living one's life. It can be a stepping stone to further investigation. If one cares to do further examination, there are numerous, noted historians who will give arguments that support McDowell's premise. Read also William Lane Craig, Stuart McAllister, and Ravi Zacharias.
Not all Christians rely on the complete Bible to live their lives. Like all humans, they will pick and choose which verses are foundational to their belief system. Some have little resemblance to what the True message of the Bible really is. Don't lump all "Christians" into the same mold.
Josh McDowell is a college profesor who started his original work "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" with the purpose of exposing Christianity as a "fraud". However, when he finished his work he found that Christianity was not fraudulant but was a factually based faith. Those facts, and much more, were included in "The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict Fully Updated to Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today." This is a book that needs to be in the Conservative Christian's library.