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Essays begin by examining foundational philosophical approaches to the Bible as well as the methodological challenges those philosophies create for interpreting the Bible. This includes:
- whether or not it is logically possible for God to communicate verbally with human beings
- what it means to say the Bible is true in response to postmodern concerns about the nature of truth
- defending the clarity of Scripture against historical skepticism and relativism
Lastly, final chapters, take on ethical, scientific, and theological challenges and demonstrate the Bible's moral integrity in relationship to modern moral emphases, that science can be harmonized with biblical teaching, that the Christian Canon is more than a result of mere politics, and further establishes that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God.
In Defense of the Bible is an important work that should be considered and studied by all hold the Bible to be God's inspired word. In a time when attacks on the Bible come from both within and outside of evangelical ranks, this book is a timely and needed resource to help us see with clear eyes.
- Paul W. Barnett
- Craig A. Blaising
- Douglas K. Blount
- Paul Copan
- Steven B. Cowan
- William A. Dembski
- Matthew Flannagan
- R. Douglas Geivett
- James M. Hamilton
- Douglas S. Huffman
- Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
- Richard R. Melick, Jr.
- Charles L. Quarles
- Mary Jo Sharp
- Daniel B. Wallace
- Paul D. Wegner
- Terry L. Wilder
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The book begins by looking at philosophical and methodological challenges to the Biblequestions about whether or not it is logically possible for God to communicate verbally with human beings; what it means to say the Bible is true in response to postmodern concerns about the nature of truth; defending the clarity of Scripture against historical skepticism and relativism.
'In Defense of the Bible' is an impressive, important, and timely collection of serious essays, providing a faithful apologetic for the truthfulness of holy Scripture. Steve Cowan and Terry Wilder are to be commended for assembling a fine group of authors who have offered well-informed, readable, and engaging presentations that will be both helpful and hopeful for students and church leaders alike.
-David S. Dockery
This timely volume addresses nearly every significant area of dispute on the authority of the Bible, thus repaying its reader with an increase in knowledge concerning 'the living and active' Word of the living God (Hebrews 4:12).
-Douglas R. Groothuis
Carefully argued, meticulously documented, and lucidly and creatively written, 'In Defense of the Bible' should be read by every pastor and student, believer and skeptic, who are concerned about truth--the truth about God, the truth about the Bible, and the truth about ourselves.
-Eckhard J. Schnabel
John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Volume on a MUCH NEEDED Topic!!April 15, 2016John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It would be safe to say that the world is growing increasingly hostile towards a biblical worldview. The once prominent influence of Christianity has taken a cultural backseat to the rise of a post-Christian society, and the effects therein can be seen almost everywhere. For the sake of modernity, this cultural shift has largely encouraged an undue stance of skepticism towards the Bible. It is here that In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture edited by Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder provides the reader with a much-needed reevaluation of the current challenges facing the sacred Scriptures.
Despite the onslaught of negative opinion concerning the Bible, the contributors of this volume remain firmly persuaded with the faith of the Church in the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture. This conviction is stated rather unashamedly in the introduction. In Defense of the Bible is divided into three major sections: (1) Philosophical and Methodological Challenges, (2) Textual and Historical Challenges, and (3) Ethical, Scientific, and Theological Challenges. Each of these sections are strategically pointed at specific challenges that have arisen against the Bible. These challenges are largely variegated in nature, but Cowan and Wilder have done justice to the subtitle in their attempt to provide a comprehensive apologetic.
Depending on the particular interest of the reader, I found that the content of the chapters amid the three major sections mentioned above can vary as much as the challenges they address. For example, if your interests are more easily perked by the philosophical and methodological issues, the opening four chapters will be a goldmine of useful information. However, if these issues are not of immediate importance or interest, regardless of the content therein, the reader is likely to find the treatment to be satisfactory but not overly helpful. I was among the latter group in the opening chapters of the book, although the chapter on higher criticism by Charles L. Quarles was easily one of the most helpful chapters in the book.
The second section of the book is where I found the most benefit. It is here that the reader is exposed to some of the most substantial challenges to the Bible. The other challenges tackled in the book are important, but largely irrelevant if the text of the Bible is unsustainable. This is also where much of the modern challenge today is being directed, and directed quite strategically. Both the Old Testament and the New are thoroughly addressed, and the contributors to this section are all qualified voices amid the larger academic dialog. The chapter by Daniel B. Wallace is worth admission alone. The same could easily be said for the chapters by Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Paul D. Wegner, and Paul W. Barnett, but Wallaces chapter will be noteworthy for anyone familiar with the frequent challenges administered by Bart D. Ehrman and others.
The challenges that are addressed in this volume show no sign of decelerating anytime soon. It is in the best interest of Christians everywhere to be familiar with these challenges, both ready and equipped to provide a defense for the hope that is within them. Thus, In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture edited by Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder is a book that I could not recommend more enthusiastically! It will both strengthen your confidence and encourage your faith!
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
jeffkentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Only one bad chapter.November 7, 2015jeffkentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a great evangelical/apologetics resource--except for chapter 14, which is pro-evolution and in my opinion undermines some of the other authoritative claims in the book. Other than that, though, this book is definitely worthwhile, especially as an introduction to biblical authority for your skeptical friends or church members(!).
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