The New Evidence that Demands
by Josh McDowell,
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1999,
760 pages, hardback, $24.95
Over the years, Josh McDowell has written two volumes of Evidence
That Demands a Verdict. He has also written several books on scientific
evidences and the evolution/creation issue which, in the opinion of this
reviewer, have been of lower quality and less usefulness than his verdict
This book is an expansion of McDowell's verdict books. Like the
earlier versions, this book uses history and philosophy as the primary
tools in arguing for the existence of God and the validity of the Bible
as God's Word.
The book is divided into four parts:
Section 3 is some 250 pages of the book. There are numerous charts,
most of which are quite useful. Documentation is extensive in the book,
and arguments are clearly stated and easy to understand. There is a useful
index, and sections are labeled and can be used to find specific topics.
If there is a weakness in the book it is that the author tries to cover
too much ground. This reader found the treatment of religions outside of
Christianity to be so general as to not be too useful. The book is very
useful, however, to answer a great deal of criticism of the Bible and Christianity,
and we recommend it highly for that purpose.
The case for the Bible--historical reliability and uniqueness
The case for Jesus--supports for His deity and resurrection
The case for and against Christianity--biblical criticism, and evidences
"Truth or Consequences"--an evangelistic appeal
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