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Josh MacDowell es graduado con honores del Seminario Teológico Talbot y miembro de dos sociedades de honor nacionales. Es autor de cinco libros que son éxitos de librería, incluyendo Evidencia que exige un veredicto y Más que un carpintero. Como miembro del equipo ambulante de Cruzada Estudiantil para Cristo, ha hablado a más de cinco millones de estudiantes y miembros de la facultad en 580 universidades en 57 países. Pertenece a la facultad de la Escuela Internacional de Teología y es instructor residente de «The Julian Center» [El Centro Julián], de Julián, California.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 2nd Edition edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840744196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840744197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Corum Seth Smith on June 24, 2005
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Before I begin my assessment, just let me quote a previous critic:
"Being a student of religion, I can honestly say that I have never read a more sophomoric attempt at apologetics than McDowell's "A Ready Defense" and his "Evidence..." It is indisputable that the Mr. McDowell has targeted the ignorant and superstitious masses as his prime victims for an audience."

I get the impression he/she? doesn't like it, so let me offer a different perspective. This critic reminds me of another unbeliever of whom I have recently read: Sigmund Freud. The attempt of some to categorize every explanation of faith as "delusion" or "ignorance" is an ad hominem sidestep to the real question: Does God exist? If so, what is God like?
More particularly, is Christianity a religion revealed by God? This is the main issue that McDowell addresses.

McDowell attempts to argue that the Old and New Testaments do have a foundation in divine inspiration. He himself admits that part of the conclusion of the matter must ultimately be one of faith.

Furthermore, McDowell addresses some of the most pertinent questions as to the historical Jesus. He does a better job (in my estimation) than Crossan, Schweitzer, and Bultmann; he admits up front the bias of Christian apologist where the latter cannot straightforwardly admit a presupposition of skepticism (hence a "hermeneutic of suspicion").

And perhaps McDowell again shows us that humility is a necessary ingredient for this faith, Christianity. We do not elevate ourselves above the "ignorant masses" but sympathize with them in their pain and console them with what we believe to be truth. We confess our own ignorance and attempt to gain wisdom from the beginning point of humility.
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Josh McDowell combines the skill of a research scholar with the ability of a seasoned writer. This book is a must for those seeking to know not just what they believe but (maybe more importantly) why they believe it. This book has been a thorn in the side of heretics and atheists alike because it dares to say that Christianity is different, unique and the ONE truth. Unlike other publications, Josh reasons from logic and evidence as to why you should believe. If after reading this, you still choose NOT to believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven... it will certainly not be for a lack of clear, articulate, scholarly evidence. It is a must read for every Christian as well as serious skeptics.
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I speak with several people about the Lord Jesus Christ every week. I have found that this book is a great resource to help me have a ready explanation for the Hope that we have in the Lord. The topics are very informative, but they are not overpowering. With this resource you are able to look up a topic quickly so that we can share our promises from our Lord quickly and accurately. I would recommend this book to ANYONE that speaks of our Lord to others. You don't need to be a "full-time evangelist" to find this book helpful. This book helps you to speak of the Lord from whatever starting point the person you are talking with is at (see how Phillip did it with the Ethiopian). If you would like to have accurate information about Christianity at your fingerips, this is a great book to have. When you read it, I would recommend that you look up the Bible references that are in it. This book is a great help. Remember that it does not replace the Bible. The Bible was written by God and this was written by men. But I would strongly suggest for any Christian to have this book to help find the information that you would like to share. If you are a Christian, get this book! It will not only help you share the Lord Jesus with others, but it will also be encouraging for you.
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This book packs a great amount of detail in one volume. Josh Mcdowell is a super writer and presents his material exceptionaly well. I am dean of a small Christian college and this book is a required text for one of our foundational courses.
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It's about time there was a book that provided so many answers (understanding the Bible, history of the Bible, scientific data concerning the Bible, etc) in one place. It's easy to read, easy to find what you're looking for if you don't want to do a read-through, and in a language that invites you in (instead of making you feel stupid for needing such a book!). Josh McDowell is refreshing because he started out to prove Christians wrong, and ended up proving them right. Which gives all of us hope that we too many find reason to believe, even in today's world of "prove it."
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InA Ready Defense The Best Of Josh Mcdowell, Josh McDowell has compiled many answers with historical and spiritual backgrounds for those who have questions about the relevancy , accuracy and inspiration of the Bible. He covers so many subjects which makes it a great reference book, especially for college students. I have given this book to many students who ALL, without exception, have been fascinated with the contents. This book is a shortened version of " Evidence that demands a verdict" by the same author, but also has been updated with the latest discoveries in archeology. This book is amazing with all the details, dates and history related to many spiritual issues. I would highly recommend this edition to anyone who is searching to get answers to spiritual questions.
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