At times, you may feel that having a conversation with an atheist takes a blend of rocket science and brain surgery—but it doesn't. It doesn’t even take great acumen; it just takes a willingness to study the Bible and access to a good apologetics library. One book that will become a top resource for your library is Evidence That Demands A Verdict: Life-Changing Truth For A Skeptical World. The newest edition was co-authored by Sean McDowell, PhD, and is the long-awaited follow-up to the best-selling book series by Josh McDowell.  

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Life-Changing Truth

Evidence That Demands A Verdict: Life-Changing Truth For A Skeptical World includes thirty-two chapters filled with informational and illuminating factual data. Supplementary material boosts the page count to almost 800 with material covering the topics of Final Thoughts; Responding to the Challenges of Bart Ehrman; Bibliography; Author Index; Subject Index; and How to Know God Personally (Four Spiritual Laws).

This book can aid in discussions with nonbelievers. It is sure to become an essential tool in the fight against the false claims about the Bible and Christianity. This book should be in every Christian’s library or apologetic bibliography.

Evidence For The Bible

McDowell’s newest treatise on biblical truths scrutinizes nonbeliever’s claims against the Bible and combats misconceptions, misinterpretations, and misrepresentations (intentional or not). The first section begins with The Uniqueness of the Bible in chapter one. Chapter two provides a clear, concise synopsis on How We Got the Bible. Chapters three and four (Is the New Testament Historically Reliable? and Have the Old Testament Manuscripts Been Accurately Transmitted?) offer factual evidence on the historical reliability of the Bible. The final fifth chapter explores Gnostic Gospels and Other Non-biblical Texts.

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Evidence For Jesus

Part two presents evidence for the historical existence of Jesus Christ. The book analyzes Christian and non-Christian sources and outlines the archaeology that supports the Bible, giving credence to the belief in the existence of Jesus.

Chapter six examines The Historical Existence of Jesus. In chapter seven, the authors review The Lofty Claims of Jesus. Next, chapter eight delves into the well-known Lewis quote with The Trilemma: Lord, Liar, Lunatic? Chapter nine explores Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Chapter ten probes The Resurrection: Hoax or History? and chapter 11 reviews the question Is Christianity a Copycat Religion? Next, a thorough examination is conducted in chapter twelve, The Deity of Jesus: An Investigation, and finally, The Martyrdom of the Apostles is analyzed in chapter thirteen.

Evidence For The Old Testament

Part three evaluates the evidence supporting the documentation in the Old Testament. Chapter fourteen looks at the Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Influences, while chapter fifteen weighs the Biblically Faithful Approaches to Genesis. Chapter sixteen outlines the Archaeology and the Old Testament, and chapters seventeen through twenty-two review The Historicity of the Patriarchs; Exodus; Conquest; United Monarchy; and Divided Monarchy and Exilic Period. Chapters twenty-three and twenty-four expound on The Composition of the Pentateuch and The Composition of the Book of Isaiah. Chapter twenty-five outlines The Historicity of Daniel, and the final chapter, twenty-six, tackles the Alleged Contradictions in the Old Testament.

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Evidence For Truth

What sounds like a simple question, “What is Truth?” can turn into a lengthy debate. You can curtail a contested conversation with the information covered in part four. The evidence for truth is discussed in detail, including the nature of truth. In addition, find out about the knowability of truth and obtain the necessary tools to answer postmodernism and skepticism. You can also study the questions “Are Miracles Possible?” and “Is History Knowable?”

How To Know God Personally

The final chapter highlights what I believe to be the most important section of the book, which is How To Know God Personally. The authors set forth the four principles to knowing God, receiving Christ as your Savior, and experiencing a new birth. If you are curious about salvation and would like to know the foundation of the Christian faith, begin here.

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Find Out More

You can read a detailed review of the book on my blog Two-Cent Hyperbole.

About The Author

Deb is a writer prone to four-legged words and prolix opinion pieces; she describes herself as a “procrastinating perfectionist who is also introspective.” Deb has several years of online writing experience, working with various web publications, including writing for a popular website as their 70’s Music Contributor.

Deb’s writings cover a hodgepodge of topics from hot-button issues, coffee culture musings, cracker-barrel philosophy, and the Gordian Knot on the secular and Christian view on faith and religion.—And Deb jokes that she does it all with the finesse of hyperbole.

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