How Firm a Foundation: A Handbook on the Historical  Reliability of the New Testament & the Resurrection  -     By: C.S. Foster
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How Firm a Foundation: A Handbook on the Historical Reliability of the New Testament & the Resurrection

Xulon Press / 2004 / Paperback

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It seems the Christian faith is always on trial. Universities, movies, television shows, the mainstream media, and popular novels often question the authenticity and historical reliability of the New Testament documents as well as the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Often, such critical views of Christianity and its Book are based more on ideology than historical fact. This book is an evidential defense of the two main tenets of the Christian faith: The reliability of the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Using classic literary, historical, and legal methods, Dr. Foster shows that the foundations of the Christian faith are reasonable, credible, reliable, and above all trustworthy. Even more so, the Christian faith does offer the best explanation to the historical event over 2,000 years ago. This book offers strength and conviction to the believer, encouragement and hope for the seeker, and a challenge to the skeptic.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 102
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 1594676712
ISBN-13: 9781594676710
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  1. Matthew Farley
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    September 4, 2004
    Matthew Farley
    At the outset Dr. Foster rightly challenges one of the greatest misconceptions in the popular understanding of Christianity both among believers and non-believers-that Christianity is based purely on blind faith. Then using classic literary, historical, and legal methods he systematically whittles away at this commonly held bias, showing the Gospels and the Epistles to be reliable historical accounts and to contain the only logical explanation of the events of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. A wonderfully concise and astute defense of Christian belief and worldview, this handbook serves as a powerful lesson (or reminder) that the New Testament is not a book of mythology, but is rather a collection of actual eyewitness accounts of events of the highest importance for humanity. Given that so many people are content to simply scoff, or are merely too intimidated to do the work and research necessary, Foster has done believers and non-believers a great service. The multitudes that have been swayed or bullied into seeing the Christian faith as something so fragile that it cannot stand up under serious scrutiny can now stand strong in the fact that it is the critic who has the burden of proof to bear.
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Author: C.S. Foster
Located in: Murray, KY
Submitted: September 04, 2004

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Chad Foster is an adjunct professor at Trinity College and Seminary and also pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murray, KY where he hosts a weekly radio show. In addition to holding a master¬ís degree from Concordia Seminary and a doctorate from Trinity Theological Seminary, Dr. Foster has studied abroad at the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Foster also holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Near Eastern Archaeological Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I wrote How Firm a Foundation to be a handbook for three distinct groups. First, How Firm a Foundation gives hope to the believer because it clearly demonstrates that the Christian faith is logically and reasonable. Second, the book can encourage a seeker or someone who may have certain issues that keep them from considering more fully the claims of Christianity. Thirdly, the book also challenges atheists and non- believers who assert Christianity is just a myth and that the New Testament is not historical nor was it written by eyewitnesses. How Firm a Foundation is an evidential defense of the two main tenets of the Christian faith: The reliability of the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Using classic literary, historical, and legal methods, it can be shown that the foundations of the Christian faith are reasonable, credible, reliable, and above all trustworthy. Even more so, the Christian faith does offer the best explanation to the historical events of over 2,000 years ago. This book offers strength and conviction to the believer, encouragement and hope for the seeker, and a challenge to the skeptic.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Among my apologetical influences are Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, William Lane Craig, R.C. Sproul, and C.S. Lewis.

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