William Dembski and Michael Licona have pulled together a top rate group of scholars to contribute to this work.
You may be thinking what I thought when I received this book: “Not another one. Don’t we have enough of these books?”
Hold that thought.
I just got off the airplane. Sat next to Jason. Don’t know the guy, but I am glad to have met him. Quite open to spiritual things, but has the typical questions that most people in this culture have concerning religion. These all hold him back.
We talked for a while about many things. I told him why I am a Christian, about my convictions, and held back some on things that I could tell he was not ready for. However, I did want to leave him with something. I thought about the many books that I have given in the past, but none of them would have really worked with this guy (I did not have them on me anyway). Then it hit me. I have Evidence for God in my bag right here. Yes, marked up quite a bit, but it is perfect for him. I took it out and showed him the various chapter headings:
- Did Jesus really exist?
- Did Jesus really raise from the grave?
- Is Jesus really the only way to God?
- What about those who have never heard the gospel?
- Is today’s Bible what was originally written?
- What about recently publicized gospels that aren’t in the Bible?
- Is intelligent design really a credible explanation of the origins of our world?
Then I showed him the list of contributors:
- Craig L. Blomberg
- Darrell Bock
- L. Russ Bush III
- Paul Copan
- William A. Dembski
- Craig A. Evans
- Gary R. Habermas
- Guillermo Gonzalez
- Phillip E. Johnson
- Andreas J. K
- Michael R. Licona
- Paul L. Maier
- John McRay
- Nancy Pearcey
- Jay W. Richards
- Daniel B. Wallace
- Ben Witherington III
I assured him that it does not really get much better than this. These are the best questions out there with the best people answering them.
What I love about this book is that each question is answered in just a few pages. In our fast paced society, this is the way it has to go. This is tactful. It is the most clear and concise (yet impactful) book that I have seen in the area of evangelism and apologetics. As in all books, some chapters are better than others, but that is the beauty of its concise layout…you just skip to the next question/chapter!
This is my new go-to book when it comes to giving books out. Keep ten of these on you at all times. No matter what the question you or someone God puts next to you on an airplane, its a good bet this will have the answer (from a qualified scholar!)
Thanks to Mike, William and all of the contributors.