I enjoyed the book. It addressed a lot of things I had never considered- or noticed, and a lot of the things I had wondered about - for example. Jesus died on a Friday and rose again on Sunday, how is that three days! It's an issue that many Christians/churches have.
I think this book was a very good read. Not something I'll read over and over again, but something I will return to from time to time. It talked about "inconsistencies" in the Bible, that a non-believer or a new believer might throw at you.
I do believe the best way to understand the Bible is to read it yourself, as another reviewer said, and Josh helps with that by giving LOTS of scriptual basis for his answers. I would probably recommend it more to a non-beliver or a new beliver, while many strong Christinas might find it useful - they might also know the answers to many of the questions.
I'll be slightly more charitable than most skeptics. Aug 1, 2005
As a skeptic, I'm well aware that the arguments in this book are lame. But, to be slightly charitable, the book is about 20 years old, so I think it slightly unfair to judge it by modern standards.
When I first read it, back when it was new, I didn't know anything about skeptical arguments. And so, at the time, I enjoyed the book. The author intended this book to be "light" and it is. And he has other books he intends to be scholarly (Evidence that Demands a Verdict) which really isn't, but gives the appearance of being so to the uninitiated. So, for what the author intended it to do, at the time he wrote it, I think it fit what he intended. It is of course complete garbage now, but I suppose for its era, I figure I should give it about 2 stars.
A treasured part of my library Mar 17, 2005
This excellent book is the work of well-known Christian authors Josh McDowell and Don Stewart. In it, the authors address a myriad of tough (and some not-so tough) questions that a Christian is likely to be asked by skeptics, giving the reader a concise answer, and a list of additional reference sources. The topics covered in this marvelous book include the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, miracles then and now, world religions, Christianity, believing faith (that is, faith in Christ), and Bible difficulties (which is the longest section).
Having grown up in an Evangelical church, it was impossible not to have heard about Josh McDowell and to have not read his books. This was one of the books in my library as a young man, and it was a treasured part of it. I really enjoyed the authors' take on the Bible and the Christian faith. Now that I am a father, and my kids are entering their teenage years, I was very glad to have been able to get them copies of this book. They have also devoured the books, and I hope that it will keep them armed and ready to give a defense of the faith that is in them. We highly recommend this book to you and your kids.
Good Introduction for a Christian Response to Hard Questions Dec 4, 2004
McDowell has written a good title for responding to questions skeptics may ask in the following areas:
The Bible, Jesus Christ, God, Miracles Then and Now, Bible Difficulties, World Religions, Christianity, Believing Faith, The Shroud of Turin, and Creation Accounts.
The author honestly and clearly addresses these questions as a conservative Christian. While people may not agree with McDowell's conclusions (as a conservative Christian myself, I think he gives excellent and thought-provoking answers), they will be challenged to think about what real truth is.
For the skeptic: keep an open mind (how ironic - liberals and skeptics often challenge conservative Christians to be open-minded!) and think hard about what you believe and honestly evaluate your beliefs in light of Scripture.
For the believer: use this title as an good introduction to how to address hard questions you may be asked by others.
All in all, an excellent introduction to Christian thought. If you are looking for something more advanced, I suggest When Critics Ask (Norm Geisler), Hard Sayings of the Bible (various authors), or The New Evidence Demands a Verdict (Josh McDowell).
Read and enjoy!
very helpful Jan 19, 2004
This book provides tough answers to basic questions that non-Christians and Christians may have. Its not supposed to be some full apologetic reference! Its just a book giving you the basic answers to tough questions and I think that they did a wonderful job. The truth is that no matter what or how good a book is written, skeptics won't be convinced if they don't want to be. No book or debate can convince a person if they're not going to be open to God. Not everyone will be a follower of Jesus. There is such a thing as free will.
The authors did a wonderful job of identifying the hard questions. They really helped me. This is a basic book for anyone wanting to understand the harder questions of the Bible. The book doesn't claim to be some all knowing reference apologetic book & its not. It just answers the basic questions that people might have like why there are two accounts of creation in the Bible, etc.