|The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today
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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."
Evidence I & II--The classic defense of the faith: Now fully updated to answer the questions challenging evangelical faith today.
The New Evidence maintains its classic defense of the faith yet addresses new issues.
The New Evidence is destined to equip believers with a ready defense for the next decade and beyond
- Keep searching!!!
If you think you're going to win people to your religion by having the "HA! I'm right!!!" attitude, you are much mistaken. Trust me, I used to be a hard-core Christian fundamentalist who used every opportunity I had to evangelize. Throughout all of this, I had the opportunity to meet many people who have changed and influenced my life.
After all I've studied and learned, any time I see someone claiming to have PROOF that his/her particular religion is the TRUE religion, then I begin to get very skeptical. First of all, if science and archaeology PROVED that Christianity was the true religion, then why doesn't everyone believe it? Most secular scienctists don't even claim that they have undisputable proof. They simply offer the evidence and tell people to decide for themselves.
If you truly have a compassion for humans and want to seek the truth, I would recommend studying the other side of the coin. Who's to say God doesn't reveal himself in all religions?
Some books I would recommend to start off with are "A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" by Karen Armstrong, "Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths we Never Knew" by Bart D. Ehrman, and "Jesus: Myths and Message" by Lisa Spray. You might also do some research into other beliefs such as Zorastrianism. There's a good website, which is unbiased (it only offers both sides of the argument), is www.religioustolerance.org.
Again, if you really want to find the truth then do a thorough search and not a one-sided search. You'll be surprised what you might find!...more info
- What evidence??
Kudos Mr. McDowell for assimilating a massive amount of information in support for the Christian faith. But come on, evidence?? Quoting a source is simply a quotation, not evidence, and McDowell does this again...and again....and again....and again, ad infinitum. I anticipated McDowell to write a chapter which said "Ok folks, here are some conclusions we can make; here is the completed puzzle which we can construct given the previous information I've given you.." but no such chapter is to be found in this book, to my profound disappointment. I also saw no address to critiques of the many views which he purports. It appears that Josh simply looked for sources which supported his belief in Christianity, and overtly ignored any sources which didn't. Simply put, McDowell repeatedly appeals to authority and ignores any semblance to organized, critical, analytical thinking. There are many pieces of a puzzle here, but you the reader must assemble these pieces....more info
written by someone who set out to prove that christianity was a crock, josh mcdowell convincingly shows all who read the overwhelming evidence supporting a risen jesus christ. a must have!...more info
- A must read for all believers!
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who desires to defend why they believe the bible is historically accurate, inspired by God through the hands of men, and relevant to everyday living....more info
- Just Plain Awesome
This book is Very Good!
I highly suggest this book. Josh McDowell has got to be one of my favorite authors. Not only is His testimony sure, so is his teach.
This book is in outline format for ease of reference and is full of extra references/research material.
Pick this up today!...more info
- Great Information
The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today by Josh McDowell is a book that contains masses of historical evidence of the Christian faith. The book is 750 pages but it is in outline form and easy to read. There is plenty of supporting evidence to comprehend that will help you in your quest to defend your faith.
If you're ready for enlightenment from another source about The Almighty One, may I suggest you read my book as well entitled "The Enlightenment, What God Told Me After One Million Prayers, a Message for Everyone" (See Profile Above)
- Pompous Intellectual Charade to Mask a Blind-Faith Adherence
This book is McDowell's latest version of the same pseudoscientific and pseudo-historical drivel he's peddled in the past to enrich himself. He makes citation after citation allegedly documenting Jesus' miracles and resurrection. Yet, incredibly, not one of these secular historical references was written by an individual who lived DURING the years Christ supposedly walked the earth. There was NO secular eyewitness cited -- not one. All of the "historical references" were written by individuals who, even according to McDowell's own flawed data, weren't even born until years AFTER Christ supposedly lived. Therefore, the "evidence" cited in this book documents only the LEGEND of Christ, rather than the reality. Even atheists acknowledge that the legend of these "miraculous" events was extant during the first and second centuries. So this book proves absolutely nothing that an avowed atheist wouldn't quickly agree with.
Books of this nature are written deliberately in a jargon-filled "overly intellectual" way to great the illusion of scholarship for those who are embarrassed by their blind-faith religious adherence. Witness the reviewer below who began his review by telling us that his IQ was among the top two percent (yet his review was filled with grammar and spelling errors). It is to this type mentality that this haughty, pretentious book is addressed -- individuals who delusionally imagine themselves to be intellectuals and who don't want to admit (even to themselves) that their beliefs are, in actuality, articles of blind faith contradicted by all true science, history, and logic. Read "Atheist Universe" by David Mills for a rebuttal of every "proof" in this entire book.
Now, go ahead and click the button below, indicating that this review was not helpful to you, since none of you pseudo-intellectuals want to know the truth about this book, nor about yourselves.
- A truly true book.
In his book, Josh McDowell uses very true evidence. I have looked into his sources and most of what his is exactly as he says. I even found that he left out a few things even supporting him that were not quite sure. This is an exelent read, even for younger kids (if there nerds, like me :)...more info
- An outstanding reference for Christians!
This is an outstanding reference book for Christians. It provides evidences for the truth of Christianity and the Bible under several different categories. It is organized in a way to make it easy to use to teach a class. Highly recommended!...more info
- A Book Every Christian Must Own
This truly is a book every Christian should own and consult. It isn't designed to be read straight through (although you certainly can do this...I have). It's designed to be an encyclopedic-style reference to questions that pop up from believers and non-believers. This book will educate you on WHY you believe.
A powerful tool....more info
- Very impressive evidence
This is a very unique book for one reason: you will not find any "faith-based" arguments used to prove claims made about the bible. Only documented facts are used.
McDowell employs an interesting technique to prove many of the Christian beliefs about Jesus: namely he uses the actions and arguments made by the groups that hate Jesus to prove the point. For example, he uses the heavily guarded tomb to prove that the jews were willing to do whatever they could to prevent the resurrection thus destorys their argument that the Christian's may have taken the body. Also, if Jesus' body wasn't resurrected the jews could have easily squashed the religion by simply offering Jesus' dead body up to the Christians.
Also, the author argues that the jewish priests BELIEVED in the miracles he was performing. The jews accused him of using sorcery to accomplish his miracles instead of just calling him a fake (although they call Jesus a fake with impunity 2000 years later!). When he restored the sight of a blind man they stated that he was using the devils power to restore sight instead of asking the man whether or not he was really cured of blindness.
By looking at what the antagonists say about Jesus he has a perfect source of proof. By Crucifying Jesus for Blasphemy (something even the anti-Christ authors of today admit) McDowell proves that Jesus' followers didn't merely invent his claimed divinity (what else would they Crucify him for?).
Beyond these methods the author explorers many "friendly" evidences to support the bible as well, such as scientific evidence for the locations, peoples, events, etc in the bible. He uses historical evidence, as well as the testimony of those who witnessed the events of the new testament and recorded the events in their lifetime.
Before I read this book, I had doubts that you could seriously PROVE the events in the bible and that Jesus was the son of God. But now, if this case was brought before a true court of law, I have no doubt that a jury would find for the defendant: Jesus. ...more info
- Footnotes in Josephus?
The remarks of the "A Disappointment" critic in--where else--Cambridge, MA, are so delightfully funny, I couldn't let them pass.
The critic regards Josh MacDowell as "not a scholar of anything," which is true, his training was in law and his primary talent is as a speaker. Like any good lawyer, he is less interested in what's currently fashionable in academica and more interested in what's plausible and hence more likely to be true. But this critic then makes a scholarly blunder that is miles beyond anything he attributes to McDowell. I quote:
"Furthermore, Josephus only briefly mentioned Christian beliefs in a footnote, which the vast majority of scholars regard as a fabrication."
A footnote? Has this self-appointed scholar any awareness of how Josephus actually wrote so long ago? Has he ever stepped outside "My professor told me...." and into the real world?
Footnotes are a modern invention. The fact that one particular modern edition of Josephus might put in a footnote texts that "scholars regard as a fabrication" has nothing to do with how Josephus actually wrote or how his writings were preserved in ancient texts. Personally, I think some pious monk, passing along the text, edited it to say something nice about Jesus. But I regard that as my opinion. The ancient texts have those remarks and scholars who doubt them are simply guessing. And if you know anything about the history of 'higher' textual criticism, you know that scholarly guessers have a poor track record.
For what it is worth, I wrote (without being credited) the seventh or "Trilemma" chapter for McDowell for the original first volume many years ago (August 1972). And that brings up something else this critic seems to have missed in his all-too hurried look at the book. The book was written by a team of college students working under McDowell's direction for a summer. That explains the book's uneven style and, to some extent, varying quality.
The book is actually quite good if what you're looking for are sensible arguments. If you want to know what academia believes this year, you'll have to go to Harvard.
--Michael W. Perry, Seattle
Author: Untangling Tolkien
Editor: More to William Morris...more info
- An Appeal to the Mind
This update of Mr. McDowell's original "Evidence" book should help it become a favorite for a new generation inquiring minds. A careful read is akin to taking a college-level course in Christian apologetics, except there's no final exam. It arms the reader with an enormous array of facts, figures, stunning quotations, and arguments that support the reasonableness of the Christian faith. It also debunks a lot of specious assertions against important tenets like the accuracy of scripture and the historicity of Jesus. It can be a huge eye-opener, even for people who grew up in a church. I particularly like the way he handles the "liar, lunatic, or Lord" question, the demonstration that today's scriptures are very close to the original writings, and the arguments that many people who saw the resurrected Christ were willing to die for their beliefs. If you want to be fully equipped to give a complete and compelling answer the question of why you believe what you do, you need to say more that "it works for me". (After all, in times of trial you will be asking yourself this very question!) A command of this material will provide you with innumerable legs on which your faith can firmly stand. This is not a quick read; it is more like diamond mining, where your persistence will be richly rewarded....more info
- Some Good Information
This book contains a lot of information, however, I find it a rather dry reading at times. That might be okay for an academic work, but a popular work should be a little more "user friendly." Also, it could use some editing.
Don't be discouraged from purchasing it by my statements above or some of the other reviews. It is a beneficial work and overall, worth your time and money.
Some of the negative reviews have valid points to make. Others seem driven by their own prejudices (of course, all of us are guilty of that to one degree or another). I was a little put off by firstname.lastname@example.org's review, in that while giving the appearance of being widely read, appears ignorant of the writings of many of the church fathers as well as other internal and external evidence for the traditional view regarding the authorship of the New Testament, as well as some of the other subjects commented on. He makes statements such as, "Neither the four gospels, nor Acts, nor the Book of Revelation, nor the other letters were written by the people Christian tradition attributed to them..." Really? How does pnotely know this? If pnotely has some evidence other than that generally know to Evangelicals and liberals alike, then that evidence should be shared with all. No, I suspect that pnotely is as ignorant of the evidence for the traditional authorship of the New Testament as he is of Evangelicals and our theology, which pnotely has demonstrated to the satisfaction of us all. Is this a harsh assessment? Well, pnotely holds McDowell to this standard with the statement regarding Raymond Brown's "The Birth of the Messiah," with which he prefaced by saying McDowell "doesn't even mention...." as if McDowell must deal with every liberal theological work.
pnotely also takes exception when McDowell does quote someone, stating "But what is the point of quoting Thomas Arnold's muscular defense of orthodoxy when it didn't really convince his son, the famous poet and essayist Matthew Arnold?" What is the point of pnotely's statement? His son did not hold the same position. So what? Does that make it untrue? What a poor, pathetic argument!
Well, I could go on. The New Evidence is a good book, and while not perfect (and which one of us is?) it is undeserving some of the criticism directed at it....more info
- good, but not without problems
I have read this book several times and I use it as both a reference and an anchor when the world tries to spread lies about Jesus. I will say that although this book is unparalelled in its excellent persuit of the truth of Jesus and the Bible, etc., it relies a bit too much on emotion, personal experience and the author's hope that the grey areas will be resolved somehow. I think that the author should have spoken only where there were facts and not conjecture, because anything presented as apologetics and which has within it emotion and poetic liscence, however brief and cursory, opens us (Christians) to ridicule and taunting by the left and their scientists/archaeologists etc. All in all a good effort, but perhaps Mr. Mc Dowell would be better off writing a novel about his personal experiences, and a book strictly about the facts and allow the readers to harmonize the two in their own minds....more info
- Super Book
This book has proven to be one of the best books I have found. If you are looking for proof, here it is. I have used this to debate Muslims and it is awsome. I HIGHLY recommend it to all......more info
- Read it!
Aren't you supposed to read a book before writing a review on it? If you are interested in sound research, read this book. If you have questions about who Jesus is, read this book. Please don't let pseudo-intellectuals who have never read the book and who are only reciting the atheist agenda deter you from reading this book. Go one step further than they have - use your own mind and come to your own conclusion....more info
- Logic in Short Supply Here
Sorry fundamentalists to rain on the parade here, I noticed the average rating for this book was 4 stars. That says a lot in itself about folks' abilities to reason clearly (or not).
McDowell (and other Christian apologists like him) tend to browbeat believers (apologetics are almost never read by outsiders), using a lot of ink to present arguments that, if one steps outside the religious conditioning involved, seem rather silly. Never mind what avowed atheists think, we're talking here merely of sheer lack of common sense. The "enemy" for fundamentalist apologists isn't necessarily those atheist arch skeptics, it's even worse- the enemy is simple logic.
Take, for example, McDowell's many arguments in defense of the supposed "infallacy" of the Scriptures. McDowell does what all evangelical apologists do, and tosses out various scriptures supporting this view, never once realizing that this is a circular argument. One simply cannot use a source text as "proof" of it's own assertions. What's funny is, his preaching buddies on the evangelical TV circuit also use the same tactics and don't realize these simple logical errors make this whole effort highly amusing to non-believers. Actually, you'll see fundamentalist apologists use this tactic for ALL of their literalist readings, trying to convince outsiders with the "evidence" being ultimately only that source material itself :-).
Let me give another example that is my own personal favorite. McDowell (and others) like to quote the old "trilemma" argument from C.S.Lewis that supposedly gives you only 3 choices: Jesus was either God, lunatic, or liar- take your pick. But he has to be one of the three, and we know he wasn't a liar or lunatic...er...but hold on...
Now, most skeptics easily see through the numerous holes in this line of reasoning, but for some reason apologists like McDowell dutifully repeat these old chestnuts, seemingly unable to examine the assertions carefully at all.
First of all, why only these three choices? It's a false trilemma. One can easily come up with other possibilities of who Jesus was, and modern biblical criticism has presented many different portraits (doing so considering the weight of historical material much more rigorously than McDowell is able to).
Furthermore, let us note that, according to some of the Gospel passages, even Jesus' own family thought he was nuts (early in his preaching career) and wanted to seize him and take him home :-). So the "lunatic" angle, ironically, was evidently considered by his OWN FAMILY...Now I don't think the lunatic angle really describes Jesus well, but there is no question his preaching promoted a lot of different reactions, which the fundamentalists gloss over in their simplistic summaries.
Probably the most logical picture of Jesus as his own contemporaries saw him is as a Jewish Rabbi, or "teacher". One sees him addressed as such many times in the Gospel accounts. Contrary to McDowell's reasoning (and C.S. Lewis' as well), the idea of Jesus as a human "teacher" (or perhaps an apocalyptic prophet, or both) is pretty much how his contemporaries viewed him. Theological views which see him walking around as the 2nd Person in the Trinity should properly be seen as add-ons coming several centuries later, which even the Catholic Church now admits.
So much for the "analysis" (I use the term loosely) by McDowell and Co...
I could go on and on, but no need to. McDowell's arguments, which are typical of the whole field, are supposedly intended to convince outsiders, but in reality are written for true believers. It is pretty much brain-washing intended for "insiders"; the outsiders don't bother. And it does it's purpose well, serving to give well-meaning folks a false sense of security that their literalist beliefs are on solid ground intellectually. That probably sums up the great majority reviewing the book here.
It does take some effort for an avowed fundamentalist to separate from religious conditioning to see some of the logical flaws, and it is the rare one who will make that effort. When they do, apologists like McDowell loose their grip. Are there any "heroes" in the fundie crowd here that are willing to take this leap? After all, Christianity is much larger than your current fundamentalism...
- A Must Have
This is a Must Have book for any Christian. It helps explain many, many questions that non-Christians and Christians alike come up with. This book will not only strengthen your belief but also help "back up" that belief! As for "Faith", well, we all know where that comes from....
- Foundation of Belief
What is the premise that one guides their life by? If one believes that miracles and life beyond the physical is impossible, then no amount of discussion will convince the person otherwise. The same is true of one raised in a household that holds to a particular religious/philosophical tenet. However, if one holds to the possibility of life beyond the physical and will examine thoughtfully the various arguments and religions, then the ability to understand and believe is achieved.
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. ...more info
- Evidence that STILL Demands A Verdict
Josh McDowell has produced a fine updated volume of Christian apologetic research, which has been (and will continue to be) a persuasive argument for the veracity of the Bible and it's teachings. Secondary proof of this is the great degree of opposition that "scholars" like the "Jesus Seminar" and self-appointed "Free Thinkers" falsely attack it with. If these critical unbelievers despise it, IT MUST BE GOOD!
- A MUST READ!
This book is simply amazing. It's a must read for all Christians. It's a great way to prepare yourself to witness. If you're questioning your faith or if you know someone who is questioning their faith, I urge you to read this book. Thank you Josh McDowell....more info