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Why Should I Trust the Bible? Paperback – September 6, 2016
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If you ve never been asked why the Bible can be trusted, you will be. If you ve never asked that question yourself, you should. And this brief, nontechnical volume will be of great help in beginning to formulate an answer. With both humor and humility, Trevor Sutton guides readers through some of the most common objections to Scripture s trustworthiness, answering each winsomely and wittily and pastorally. Highly recommended for youth and adult Bible studies and for all parish libraries. --Rev. Dr. Korey Maas, assistant professor of history
Many have been troubled by the glib, shallow, and often ill-informed challenges to the Christian faith that permeate our society, even in its most well-respected secular news and information media. This is a book for any layperson who has been bothered by the sincere and, at times, cynical but misleading repetition of these challenges. Rev. Sutton explains the basic issues in straightforward, understandable language without getting bogged down in technicalities, which can be left to later exploration of particular issues. This book is the entry point for anyone who wishes to fortify their defense of the Christian faith with knowledge of the facts. Its inclusion of discussion items for each chapter makes it a convenient way to probe the issues with others who are also seeking to grow in their knowledge, or they can be used simply for one s own review and as a spur for further study. --Rev. Dr. Andrew Steinmann, distinguished professor of theology and Hebrew, Concordia University Chicago
In a time in the world when there are so many more questions than answers, this book speaks with great clarity and great precision about the reliability of the Holy Scriptures. While the thinking is deep and detailed, the writing is warm and pastoral. The author has a simple formula that leads the reader to understanding God s plan of salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation. Simple is good! Thank you, Pastor Sutton, for this fine work. --Rev. Timothy M. Klinkenberg, senior pastor
About the Author
Rev. A. Trevor Sutton is associate pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Haslett, Michigan. A frequent speaker and writer, Sutton has been published by various Christian publishers, and his work has appeared in Faith & Leadership (Duke Divinity School), The Cresset (Valparaiso University), and Concordia Journal (Concordia Seminary). Sutton has a BA from Concordia University in Ann Arbor and an MDiv from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and is currently a graduate student in Writing and Rhetoric at Michigan State University.
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Well-read Christians and biblical scholars will see much that is familiar in Why Should I Trust the Bible? Sutton addresses a number of concerns that critics of the Bible bring. In most cases, his defense is direct and simply stated. The weakness of the book is that, since he is writing primarily for a Christian audience, I could see a non-believer dismissing many of his claims out of hand. For example, there's a somewhat circular argument that we can trust the Bible because of Jesus. I see what he's saying--Jesus is an historical figure, etc.--but those claims fall on the deaf ears of committed unbelievers.
Sutton's best arguments are the comparisons to secular literary criticism. We don't actually know the precise content of the Gettysburg Address or of Shakespeare's plays, for instance, because of the multiple manuscripts and competing claims. By any test, the Bible as a piece of literature, has stood the test of time and has, by far, more documentary support than any ancient literature. Archaeology and science have affirmed it, setting it apart from other religious texts.
Sutton's efforts here should be well-received. I can hear doubters saying, "Yeah, he's a Christian pastor, of course that's what he's going to say." But if the doubters truly engage Sutton's text, they would, if they are honest, have to pay attention to Sutton's arguments. Christians would do well to become familiar with Sutton's points, in order to have an answer when their non-Christian friends challenge the Bible's legitimacy.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!