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Overview People say a lot of things about the Bible, God, Jesus, and Christianity that are simply not true. So in the style of the popular cable show Mythbusters, a New Testament scholar uses biblical and historical evidence?and humor?to do a little myth busting of his own.
Publishers Description You can t trust the Bible; it s been translated too many times. Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah or God. Science has proven that miracles don t happen (so the Bible is a fairytale). All religions basically teach the same thing (so all paths lead to God). Have you heard these? People say a lot of things about the Bible, God, Jesus, and Christianity that are simply not true. Like the guys on the popular cable show Mythbusters, it s time we put these commonly held myths to the test. Following a brief summary of a recurring myth or misconception about the Christian faith, Fred explains why the myth is false and provides biblical and historical evidence in his response. He masterfully weaves together serious discussion with a touch of humor in his responses, all the while keeping the focus on the Scriptures. He avoids making fun of the people who hold views which differ from his own, but the views themselves are fair game. So grab a cup of coffee and find a cozy corner. Let s do a little myth busting of our own."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310283205 ISBN13 9780310283201 UPC 025986283209
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More About Fred Von Kamecke
Fred von Kamecke is an adjunct professor at North Park University, a freelance writer, and minister at large in the Chicago area, where he resides with his wife, Patty. He had also served as adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he received his PhD (New Testament).
I cannot think of one chapter that did not give me a new nugget or perspective. I liked the way the chapters were arranged and the subtitles made for great organization of the info printed. I gained new insights (Science Has Proven That Miracles Don't Happen; Jews,Christians, and Muslim All Worship the Same God; and All Religions Basically Teach the Same Thing). This book was very helpful in its treatment of - The Trinity, Myths about Jesus, and Myths about the Bible. Your closing was a reminder of God's love...you gave me the tools but you reminded me that the info is not to be used to browbeat another person, but to highlight God's glory. This book is a very helpful resource for the Body of Christ for individual study or even small-group discussion.
Busting Myths about Christianity with Logic and Humor Apr 12, 2010
It is politically correct to avoid saying negative things about mainstream religions in America today: except Christianity. Arguably, this has more to do with Christianity's perceived place in our highly polarized political spectrum than the natural chasm of theological differences. Whatever the reason, active Christians (those intentionally ministering to someone) are having a rough go of it these days.
Skeptics have always espoused theories (disguised as facts) to discredit the relevance of Christianity. And with the anti-Christian bias in today's opinion-driven media environment, those theories are often treated as having a credible basis. Astute Bible students recognize skeptics' theories for what they have become: myths about Christianity.
In "Busted: Exposing Popular Myths about Christianity", Fred Von Kamecke exposes the myths and sets the record straight. Let's face it. It's tough to challenge a myth that has become embedded in the secular (pop culture) psyche. Von Kamecke rises to the occasion by deconstructing the myths, one at a time, using empirical evidence and straight-forward logic to make his case - or His case as it were.
Von Kamecke's work is neither a dry exposition of theological intellectualism nor is it the argumentative screed to which we are too often exposed in contemporary discourse. Instead, Von Kamecke goes about debunking myths in a practical and often humorous manner that can be easily understood.
Von Kamecke does not get caught up in circular arguments that drift off into the abstract. Instead, he uses investigative methodology to tackle many of the most popular myths about Christianity with precision and speed. After reading this book, Christians will be able to separate fact from fiction when talking with others about these pesky myths, and seekers who simply want "to know" will find enlightenment.
a gift to God's people Nov 17, 2009
Busted Thanks to Andrew Rogers of Zondervan for sending me this book to review. I had requested for Andrew to send me a book that he thought would be a good book for my readers. I think he chose quite well. Busted deals with various myths about Christianity. Kamecke, as he writes, does not take the pains to document his sources. Neither does he write in a scholarly fashion. He writes for the common person who does not have the time to fight his way through difficult tomes to find the answers that they are seeking. Busted busts many myths about Christianity. Whether the myth is that Christianity is a cruel, heartless religion, or that Jesus didn't die on the cross, or that Jesus didn't rise from the dead; these myths are busted. Perhaps one has heard the myth that the Bible books were chosen by a bunch of big-wigs in the fourth century, and were not simply thee Word of God as recognized by the church- Busted! On, and on, and on, Kamecke simply destroys myth after myth. What is very nice about this is that the book deals with the issue at hand in a very good manner. This book has no vitriolic tone. Neither does it call names or ridicule. In fact, good-natured humor plays a large role in the book. At the end of each chapter is included a section that gives resources that one can go to for the purpose of learning even more about that particular myth. I hope that this book gets the attention that it deserves. It is a gift to God's people, that is definite.
If you have questions, this book has the answers! Nov 1, 2009
This is a great beginning apologetic! It's written to the common man with great sections at the end of each chapter for those who want to dig deeper. This is not your average, stuffy seminary apologetic! It's a clear and straightforward response to many questions raised by people who are seeking the truth and busts the myths many people in our culture believe as truth. Fred's personality permeates every page and is light and humorous, yet still retains that "let's not kid ourselves" honesty that makes this perfect for everyone who just wants to know the truth.
Hit the Spot Jul 21, 2009
This book wasn't my cup of tea, but it really hit the spot for my 18 year old. Here are some of her comments:
"This book is so awesome, I'm going to read the WHOLE THING!!!" (She's not used to liking the books I send her way.)
"These are all the issues people I know keep bringing up."
"His approach is right on - he approaches it like "if they are right, then this.. and this.. would have happened. But it didn't."" (I think we call this a historical/logical approach.)
"This guy just saved me like five years of research!"
So, I think this book is worth the buy. It will be one you want several of on your shelf - maybe not for you - but for those who are seeking.