Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"Reasons for Belief" Review

Trusted Theologian Presents a Case for Christian Faith in Easy-to-Understand Language
How can you know God exists? Why should you trust the Bible? How can you be sure Jesus is the Son of God?

Do you know what you believe...and why? Regardless of your age or experience, if you're looking for clear, easy-to-understand answers to these important questions, you've come to the right place.

Trusted theologian and bestselling author Norman Geisler teams up with teacher/speaker Patty Tunnicliffe to provide concrete, step-by-step reasons for why Christians believe what they do. Organized around the most basic questions of faith, Reasons for Belief offers clear evidence for the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, Jesus' resurrection, and more.

Whether you're a curious skeptic or a believer wanting to learn how to defend your faith, Reasons for Belief will give you the answers you're looking for.

My Take:
I have been attending church all my life, and I have been a Christian since I was eight years old. But I really like to read books like this - those of the apologetics sort - in order to rehearse what I know about the Bible and what is true.
This book is set up in such a way that both Christians and non-Christians can benefit from it. The 10 questions (challenges to the truth) that this book addresses are:
  • Real truth does not exists - Truth is just truth to you.
  • God does not exist.
  • If God exists, He isn't necessarily the God of the Bible.
  • Miracles don't happen.
  • The New Testament's many errors make it unreliable. It's more like a collection of myths and legends.
  • Jesus never claimed to be God.
  • Jesus didn't prove to be God.
  • Jesus did not rise from the dead.
  • The Bible isn't the only true religious book.
  • Christianity is too narrow. There are many ways to God besides Jesus.
These questions or challenges are definitely ones that are brought up in our daily culture and in conversations. It is always a good thing for Christians to be able to defend their faith and back-up what they believe, and this book is a good place to start to be able to do that.
Each of these ten challenges are answered thoughtfully and thoroughly. It was neat to see how each one seemed to build and expand on the others. It was also interesting to see how the truths from the Bible about God and Jesus measured up to other religions and beliefs.

While this book does well at presenting arguments, I got tripped up on some of their facts. Not many, but a few. As an example, the book states that, "...every book of the NT was written by a baptized Jew." Ummm...I don't think Luke was Jewish, and he wrote two books of the NT.

In spite of this, Reasons for Belief is a good starting point in Christian apologetics.

Reasons for Belief
Norman L. Geisler & Patty Tunnicliffe
Bethany House Publishers
Publication date: February 15, 2013
240 pages

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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