I'm only into the the 7th chapter but i'm very impressed with this book. So far it doesn't really mention anything about the Bible or its scriptures, Its just from a scientific standpoint. When i first got this book in the mail and flipped through the pages i was a little worried about how difficult it would be to read and understand, but actually the way its laid out is really simple. When I read a book i usually like the chapters to be short, but the chapters are pretty long in this book, despite that- when i start a chapter its really hard for me to put down. The arguments in this book are great and a big eye opener, It will definitely help build your faith or help any skeptic come closer to the truth.
This book is an excellent one to get the head and heart in alignment. I think a lot of the time our hearts are ready to accept the good news of the gospel, but our minds are swayed by the "intellectuals" in our society to think of the Bible as foolish or a book of impossible stories. This book by Geisler and Turek removes that cognitive dissonance, and gives a firm foundation to know your faith and be grounded in reality, so your heart can be engaged with the message. An excellent book I would recommend to anyone with doubts about the validity of their faith, or anyone who is new to the faith, as it answers questions that are bound to come up.
The content of this book is immensely helpful. I am a Christian who has struggled greatly with my faith due to a poor understanding of God. Shortly after starting off well I came under the influence of some bad theology, and this in combination with the lack of a good foundation caused my view of God for a long time to become not much different than that of a tyrant. After suffering the bondage of this view for long enough, in pursuit of freedom I naturally began considering worldviews other than Christianity and God... none of which ended up making much sense to me.
How It Helped Me:
Despite my improper view of God, the foundational truth of Christianity still made more sense to me than anything else. This in combination with personal experience kept me through this long and trying period. Eventually, I came to realize that my problem was not that I doubted God's existence but that I had an improper understanding of Him. But by the time I realized this I had gained a lot of newfound questions due to my journey outside of the faith and these needed to be dealt with. So I definitely came into this book with a bias, that is I wanted to repair my faith, but I was not prepared for just how convinced of my faith this book would make me. The enormous collection of arguments and the way they are clearly and logically presented is excellent. I often found myself thinking "yeah but what about this?" only to have the very next paragraph deal with my objection.
I've read a lot and I have yet to find a better single resource that covers nearly everything like this book does, and it is not afraid to tackle some of the most difficult objections in a manner that is easy to understand. The format and style is clear and easy to navigate lacking just about anything except the facts.
Strongly Recommended For Anyone "Looking For A Way In":
I realize I'm biased but please don't let that prevent you from checking this book out. Somebody once said to me regarding claims about the validity of the testimony of the Bible, "People come to the Bible in 2 ways, either looking for a way in or looking for a way out." This is not intended to be a blanket statement, but in my own life I've found this to be relatively true. I've had genuine intellectual struggles, yes, but I've found them to increase as I've considered the possibility of conclusions contrary to the Bible and God's existence. Christianity for me does seem to make much more sense than the alternatives. For those who are "looking for a way in", who are seeking God or already believe but are genuinely struggling, I think this book will be immensely helpful.
For those who are "looking for a way out", who wish to make sense of this world without God and Christianity, I doubt this book will be all that helpful. If it's genuine answers that are sought, I believe this book provides an abundance of them, but as I found with myself during the times when I was trying to "find a way out", the arguments for the faith really didn't matter. Deep down the truth was kind of always there but many of my questions came as a result of over complicating the obvious to avoid it. And that's one of the strengths of this book, it takes what appears to be very complicated arguments against the faith and profoundly answers them in a simple yet thorough and logical manner bringing the reader back to the obvious.
My One Complaint:
My only complaint is that the rhetoric and tone in a few places can be somewhat condescending especially if you are already sensitive to this type of language or have had a bad experience within Christianity. I wish the authors were more considerate in this regard as it can be a bit of a turn off, especially for someone who is not opposed to the faith but is genuinely struggling with the questions at hand. It can come off in places as if it's "preaching to the choir", and for people who have experienced a loveless or condescending Christianity, this book in places may "appear" to resemble that tone, though I don't believe in any way that this was the author's intention.
Please don't let this turn you off. I don't think it's purposeful condescension as much as it is a result of the author's having spent much of their life debating people who are militantly against Christianity. The further I got into the book the less it bothered me as the content is excellent and the author's genuine intentions shine forth.
Overall, I think it would have benefitted from a gentler and less sarcastic tone in places, but regardless, I cannot recommend this book enough for the intellectually struggling believer or seeker. It quite literally covers everything from cover to cover in a succinct yet powerful manner. I am grateful to the author's for putting forth such an excellent and comprehensive piece of work.
Great book for anyone wanting a foundational understanding of the major issues in Christian Apologetics. Written to engage those well versed in the subject as well as the new Christian searching for answers to the most common questions about our faith: evidence for the existence of God; the reliability of the Bible; the evidence for the divinity of Jesus Christ and the reality of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.