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Overview This resource reinforces one's personal faith and provides a clear, concise, evangelistic tool to help share that faith with others.
Reasons We Believe will reinforce your personal faith and will provide you with a clear, concise, evangelistic tool to help you share that faith with others.
In an age of cynics and skeptics, Christianity is constantly under attack. Believers need resources that defend the veracity of their faith. They are searching for clear, concise, and credible answers to both doubts of their own and objections from their unbelieving friends.
Nathan Busenitz provides such resources to believers. Reasons We Believe confirms and strengthens the faith of believers by demonstrating the reliability of the twofold authority on which Christianity rests: the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ. Reasons builds a biblical foundation for the authority of the Bible and then shows how extra-biblical evidence corresponds with and thereby attests to what the Bible claims.
This study seeks to reinforce the faith of Christians while also providing them with a straightforward evangelistic tool for reaching non-Christians.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1433501465 ISBN13 9781433501463
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More About Nathan Busenitz
Nathan Busenitz (PhD, The Master's Seminary) is assistant professor of theology at the Master's Seminary. He previously served on the pastoral staff of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. He is the author of numerous books and a regular contributor to the blog Preacher & Preaching.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master's College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Reasons We Believe?
Solid evidence for Christianity Aug 23, 2009
Nathan Busenitz is an assistant to John MacArthur and shares MacArthur's enthusiasm for promoting Christianity. This book is divided into sections, dealing with evidence for the Christian God, the Bible and Jesus. It ties together modern scientific ideas and theology, although it does so from the perspective of supporting the rationale for Christianity, not by engaging contrary arguments and refuting them. Because of this, the book would be much more interesting (and a valuable resource) for a believer in need of reinforcement rather than a skeptic. For someone looking for a more balanced assessment, I would recommend The Reason for God by Timothy Keller or anything by John Polkinghorne. But this is a well-written and Biblical defence of Christianity.
Clear, Concise, and Accurate Feb 20, 2009
This is a fantastic book.
My wife and I began reading it together a couple of months ago and enjoy one "reason" per evening. As lay people, we appreciate the clarity and simplicity with which the author presents his logic. However, unlike many modern books, this one does not feel dumbed down or overly simplified. It manages to strike that difficult balance between scholarly and practical.
After having read through it, my wife and I have purchased a stack of these books to give to our unsaved and "convinced-they-are-saved-but-probably-aren't" friends and family. Because the individual sections are so clear and concise, we feel this is an accessible, easy to read, and interesting primer - perfect for unsaved and/or interested individuals.
For those of us who are saved, this book is a much needed assurance and reminder of the accuracy of what we believe. Scriptural truth stands up against humanism, modern philosophy, post-modernism, evolution, and a host of other attacks. Brother or sister - this book will bless and encourage your soul.
Most importantly, this book begins and ends with the glory of God, the supremacy of Christ, and the sufficiency of Scripture. I could not be more pleased. Five stars.
Very Helpful in Strengthening Believers Dec 10, 2008
As Christians we are commanded to be ready to give a defense of the faith (1 Peter 3.15). And if we are at all active in speaking about the gospel, we will find that there are many questions that unbelievers have about Christianity. As a result, we are not shy to admit that we need a little help in effort to be obedient to Scripture through a patient and clear defense of the faith. This is why a well-researched, well-written articulation of Christian doctrine from an apologetic posture is so helpful. Thankfully Nathan Busenitz has given us such a product.
Reasons We Believe is a survey of 50 lines of evidence that support and promote the orthodox understanding of historic Christianity; specifically what we believe about God, the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ. Busenitz realizes that there are many books that aim at this target, but he singles out this book as different for three reasons:
1. Versatility: The book may be read straight through or by skipping around based upon pressing questions or personal interests. In this way it is helpful for personal study, small group studies or larger teaching venues. 2. Bible-Centeredness: Busenitz writes, "the book deliberately includes a substantial number of Scripture references-the aim being to bring the full force of God's Word to bear on the discussion. Our conviction is that any defense of biblical Christianity must begin with the Bible, and we have attempted to model that approach here. 3. Bibliography: The books is flat out stacked with citations pointing us to other resources to aid further study.
The book focuses on the authoritative twin support structures of Christianity, the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ. The approach is to, again, start with the Bible to demonstrate and prove truth. With the foundation established the author recognizes the value in appealing to extra-biblical evidence:
Busenitz writes: The empirical, forensic, and philosophical evidence that backs up Christianity sets it apart from other worldviews and belief systems. In the words of Christian author Morris Inch, "There is a case to be made for Christianity. It passes the philosophic criteria with highest honors; it focuses on the incomparable figure of Jesus; it draws credibility from accumulative evidence; and it satisfies the conditions of trust." (p. 24)
The chapters are relatively short (3-5 pages) and are organized within six sections:
1. A Reasonable Faith 2. Reasons We Believe in God 3. Reasons We Believe in the Bible (Part 1) 4. Reasons We Believe in the Bible (Part2) 5. Reasons We Believe in Jesus (Part) 6. Reasons We Believe in the Jesus (Part2)
The church has been served well through through Busenitz's ability to be, as John Frame said in his endorsement of this book, "comprehensive and concise". I highly recommend the book to strengthen your faith in the truth written and incarnate.
Incredible book filled with delicious insights for Believers Aug 26, 2008
This most recent addition to my library has found a place of honor as well as becoming required reading for the Spiritual Growth Group that I have been leading. This small book is absolutely LOADED with profound statements, pithy quotes, immense wisdom and confirmations of TRUTH that every student of God's Word needs to know to become a more informed, insightful witness. Many books are greatly overlooked because they are simplistic. Not so here. This is a condensed book of significant and vital insights collected from historical figures of reknown. A must read. Buy it and READ it with a consuming PASSION for TRUTH. You will become filled with a deeper understanding of how we cannot honestly live without the loving God of Creation and our Salvation.
Clear Defense of Christianity Aug 11, 2008
"Reasons We Believe" is an excellent introduction to the subject of Christian apologetics. It is simple enough so that one does not need to be a theologian or expert to understand it, yet it is also comprehensive in nature. This book meshes the Scriptural, spiritual, and physical strands of reasoning and proof in order to produce a compelling case for the reality of the Christian faith. This book would be ideal for anyone seeking to learn more about Christianity, wondering about the nature of faith, or simply seeking to have their personal faith strengthened. When you've finished reading "Reasons We Believe", you'll be faced with the choice to accept Christianity in it's entirety or to reject it completely. As the book reveals, the facts speak for themselves...