Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible  -     By: Andreas J. Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, Josh Chatraw
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Bart Ehrman has written four bestsellers that raise serious questions about the veracity of the Bible and the tenets of historic Christianity. Now three formidable thinkers challenge this skepticism concerning the Bible's origins, how it was copied, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.55 (inches)
ISBN: 1433684047
ISBN-13: 9781433684043

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All too often Christians, and even Christian leaders, don’t know how to deal with skeptical challenges of the Bible and the Christian faith. Few churches address the historical questions about the Bible and the theological questions concerning the God who, believers claim, has inspired the Bible. Too often Christian scholarship has been kept at arm’s length and even viewed with suspicion by the church. Speaking and writing in this kind of environment, Bart Ehrman—professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of four New York Times bestsellers—has found a captive audience. Ehrman’s popularity is due in large part to the fact that he is talking about things most people never learned about in church. Some have long given up on Christianity, and Ehrman is only reinforcing their decision to depart from their Christian upbringing. Others are trying to reconcile their faith with rational arguments and find Ehrman’s books both interesting and disturbing if not appealing.

    
Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes a closer look at the key arguments skeptical scholars such as Ehrman keep repeating in radio interviews, debates, and in his their popular writings. If you are looking for insightful responses to critical arguments from a biblical perspective, easily accessible and thoughtfully presented, this book is for you. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive response to Ehrman’s popular works. It is presented in such a way that readers can either read straight through the book or use it as a reference when particular questions arise. Responding to skeptical scholars such as Ehrman, Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes readers on a journey to explain topics such as the Bible’s origins, the copying of the Bible, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil. Written for all serious students of Scripture, this book will enable you to know how to respond to a wide variety of critical arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity.

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Andreas Köstenberger (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior research professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
 
Darrell Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is executive director of Cultural Engagement and senior research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
 
Josh Chatraw (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is director of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement and associate professor of Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University.

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    In a world saturated with skepticism and doubt, there remains few books that are more important and helpful than Truth in a Culture of Doubt by Andreas J. Kstenberger, Darrell L. Bock, and Josh D. Chatraw. This conservative trio seeks to critically examine the claims of one of today's leading skeptics, Bart D. Ehrman, and provide a rational defense of biblical Christianity and the reliability of the Bible. The result has given Christian leaders one of the most noteworthy books for equipping the church to engage the culture in recent times.

    The book is comprised of five chapters. Each chapter seeks to tackle Ehrman's challenges to Christianity or the Bible one by one. Chapter one, "Is God Immoral because He allows suffering?" begins the conversation with a look at several of Ehrman's claims arising out of his book God's Problem. Kstenberger, Bock, and Chatraw address claims such as "the Bible's explanation of suffering and evil are not satisfying" and "the God of the Bible is immoral, and therefore, he doesn't exist." The interaction of the authors is well suited for those wrestling with such claims and helpful and informative for those who don't but are engaging with those who do. Chapter two, "Is the Bible full of irresolvable contradictions?" addresses an onslaught of common attacks on the unity of the Bible.

    Chapter three, "Are the biblical manuscripts corrupt?" does an excellent job getting to the heart of Ehrman's skepticism and examining how his skeptical presupposition flavor his reading of the evidence. Chapter four, "Were there many Christianities?" dismantles Ehrman's repackaging of the Bauer Thesis. This is familiar ground for the authors, especially Kstenberger who authored The Orthodoxy of Heresy (Crossway, 2010) with Michael J. Kruger. Chapter five, "Are many New Testament documents forged?" the issue of authorship is addressed, and done so with a keen awareness of the underlying issues that bolster the skeptical claims of Ehrman and others. This final chapter is among the most beneficial for those familiar with the conversations that take place in the public sphere.

    There are a number of helpful features of this book that make it especially useful for Christian leaders and those seeking to assist others to engage better with skeptical challenges to the Bible. For example, each chapter concludes with a handful of discussion questions to facilitate group reflection. Moreover, each chapter opens with a brief list of the claims addressed within the chapter, and the chapter proceeds to address each claim one by one. This organization is especially helpful for quick reference. Speaking of quick reference, the book concludes with a glossary of terms, a quick response section, and a general index. The quick response section provides short answers to each of the claims treated more fully in the chapteran indispensable addition to an already useful book.

    Truth in a Culture of Doubt by Andreas J. Kstenberger, Darrell L. Bock, and Josh D. Chatraw is a book that deserves a spot on the bookshelf of all serious students of the Bible. Those who engage with culture and have yet to engage with this book are likely ill-equipped for such task. Kstenberger, Bock, and Chatraw have provided a clear, concise, and calculated resource that will strengthen your faith and equip you to present truth in a culture of doubt. It comes highly recommended!!

    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.
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