Sunday, December 20, 2015

Josh McDowell and Evidence for Christianity (archived book review)

Evidence for ChristianityEvidence for Christianity by Josh McDowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a PhD candidate in English, I found this book thoroughly researched with an extensive bibliography added for both believers and nonbelievers. Anyone who denies the historicity of the Old and New Testaments is simply denying the facts of modern research and archeology. McDowell began his journey for truth as an atheist, but with a legal and inquiring mind, and collected irrefutable evidence to not only convince himself of the truth of the Bible and the resurrection of Jesus Christ but he compels the rational reader to also arrive at the same conclusion. The crux of Christianity, which separates it from all over false beliefs, is the resurrection of Christ. It boils down to this: His enemies had no reason to remove the crucified body of Christ. The disciples were powerless and fearful of their own lives to attempt such an insurmountable task. The only possible explanation is that of a supernatural event. Most people who read the overwhelming evidence of this book begin their criticism with a presupposition of antisupernaturalism which even modern scientists are beginning to debate. In McDowell's own words, "If you read the exhaustive evidence presented in this detailed research and support of Christianity and scripture and you still don't believe that Christ is the Messiah than it is simply because you are unwilling to believe." There is no preacher's tone to this book. It is factual and convincing through and through. Many are called but few are chosen.

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