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Why Should I Believe Christianity? (The Big Ten) Paperback – July 20, 2016
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... The Christian ministry, taken as a whole, must be understood as an apologetic calling. This is why books like Why Should I Believe Christianity? deserve careful reading by pastors and laypeople alike. In this book, believers will find a compelling defense of the Christian worldview and the resources necessary to stand firm in a faithless age. (R. Albert Mohler ~ President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky)
This is a book I wish I had had in the mid-1970s when involved in student evangelism. The author is clear and straightforward, moving through why it is important to believe what is true and consistent with reality. I would happily give it to an unbeliever I had been having serious discussions with, which is, I think, the intended audience. Believers who struggle to find what to say to unbelievers would do well to read this. As well as improving their knowledge and understanding of basic gospel truths, it will give them more confidence when seeking to evangelise. (Evangelical Times)
... writes with the mind of a scholar but the clarity and tone of a letter to a dear friend. His brief and engaging book covers a wide array of topics, from discussions on worldviews and evidence to philosophical arguments to inferences from the biblical record-all in the simplest terms possible. (Brian Morley ~ Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, The Masters College, Santa Clarita, California)
James Anderson does a masterful job ... This book will be a necessary tool for anyone interested in addressing arguments against Christian truth.
(K. Scott Oliphint ~ Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
James Anderson is one of the best writers in contemporary Reformed theology and apologetics ... This is one of the finest resources available for presenting the rationale of the Christian faith to an unbelieving reader. (John M. Frame ~ Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida)
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Every chapter is filled with very brief and helpful analogies and "illustrations" that go along with ideas and arguments presented in the book This is one of many characteristics of the writing style which I was really impressed with, especially since I've been wanting a solid presentation and positive rationale of Christianity to give to friends, family members, and high school/college students that wouldn't be over their heads or too packed with philosophical jargon. Although I love Mere Christianity, The Reason for God, and Making Sense of God, they can be difficult for the average American reader. Why Should I Believe Christianity? is written in a style that is very accessible, and yet the breadth and depth of the content covered in such a short space is astounding.
I don't want to rehash the entire book here, but my two favorite things about the book (other than they style and frequent illustrations) are (1) that he gives his readers reasons to think that the Bible is God's word, and (2) he points out the coherence of the various facets of the biblical worldview, showing how each doctrine reinforces and sheds light on the others. This is a really unique feature, because many apologetics books tend to argue for a generic theism before giving evidence for the resurrection of Jesus rather than arguing for the biblical worldview as a whole. Dr. Anderson "connects the dots" of Christianity as a whole throughout each chapter of his book.
I ordered this book because I had happened upon Dr. Anderson's courses (one on the history of philosophy, one on ethics) on iTunes U and really enjoyed them. I looked up his name online and found out this book was coming out. I was not expecting it to cover so much ground with such depth and with language accessible to the average reader. I really wasn't even expecting to enjoy it that much (I know that sounds bad), because I was just reading it to see if it might be worth using for the discipleship courses that my church does every spring or to give to a friend. I was pleasantly surprised. This is the perfect book to give to non-Christians you know who are interested in learning about Christianity.