How Do We Know the Bible is True? is a compilation of treatises on difficult topics by various authors. It was edited by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge and published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group.
When I ordered the book, I thought it was going to be a whole book that focused on proving the truth of the Bible. It is in a broad sense, but delves into a variety of different subtopics. Some of the chapter titles include:
Is the Old Testment Reliable?
Did the Physical Resurrection of Christ Really Happen?
Did Moses Write Genesis?
Did Miracles Really Happen?
All of those topics do deal with the broad subject of the authority of Scripture, but explore the arguments for and against the each of the questions.
I found the book interesting, but it wasn't the type of book I can read straight though. (That's part of the reason for the LONG delay in this review.) I think it is particularly helpful in pointing out the reasons someone might disagree with the Bible's authority. I have a rather conservative upcoming and still hold to a literal interpretation of scriptures. (For those that are supposed to be literal anyway. Some of the Bible is obviously figurative language. The question for the ages is which is which.) I do think this book helped me to see some of the arguments for different interpretations and also why I do not agree with them.
I do not think this would be a good book to hand to a non-Christian to prove to them the Bible is true. I'm not sure that actually exists, but this book is definitely written with a believer in mind. It's meant to strengthen existing faith and provide information to help a Christian to defend his faith.
I would recommend this book to others and plan to have my 9th grade son read it. He is always asking difficult questions and I think this book will help to answer some of them.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated for this review.
How Do We Know the Bible is True? General Editors Ken Ham & Bodie Hodge along with 15 other writers (Master Books) is an Apologetic style book that contains essays on over 20 relevant topics on questions that are often asked. I must admit that I had a hard time getting into the first couple of chapters, at times it was way over my head, however I was able to get the gist of what was being said. I was only able to read this book a few pages at a time due to trying to absorb all the information and input from the various authors. Also once you get use to one writers style, you are on to another writer and getting use to their style of writing. Some were engaging while others leaned toward the dry side. Personally, I feel that this book would be good for a High School or College student interested in Biblical Theology. I did find certain parts interesting like How to Properly View Evidence by Ken Ham, What is Wrong with Atheism by Jason Lisle, Evolution - The Anti-Science? also by Jason Lisle, Is the Perpetual Virginity of Mary a Biblical View? by Bodie Hodge, and Polygamy in the Light of Scripture by Roger Patterson (this topic was especially interesting to me given all the recent TV programs covering this topic). I plan to put this book in our home library and have it available to my son when he is older as a reference type book. I do like that the Bible is referred to through out the book, to back up what the author is saying.
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It is important for a believer to have a strong belief in the Bible. We must adhere to its teachings and proclaim them every chance we get. That means that we must believe that what we find in Scripture is directly from God. When we talk to an unbeliever about the Bible we must give a clear defense of why we believe the Bible is God's very word (I Peter 3:15).
In the book How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 is a resource that covers many areas concerning Scripture and shows us how the Bible is the only true word of God. The authors discuss topics ranging from how we can trust both testaments in Scripture, evolution, the resurrection, polygamy and other religions to name a few.
These guys write in a clear and convincing manner. You don't have to have attended seminary to understand how the authors explain these complex topics (which many other books like these can be to academic). You will find yourself uses the arguments in this book in your discussions with others about the Bible.
If you want a resource to deepen your belief in the Bible then pick this book up.
It's not academic analysis but real life that confronts us in "How Do We Know The Bible Is True? Volume 1Ã¢â¬Â³, edited by Ken Ham and Brodie Hodge. Yes, it passes the academic test, but it wants us to be able to face an antagonistic world. It addresses the questions the world is asking Christians today. Not only do we have little effect on a world for which we have no answers, but these are the type of questions that pull our children away from Christianity.
The chapters are 28 relevant questions answered by various authors. The first one had me hooked as it answered the question "How Do We Know The Bible Is True?" How would you answer that question? We might answer "by faith", but that means nothing to the non-Christian. Here and at other places in the book the laws of logic are brought to bear. What could be better in a world that says we believe the Bible against reason. Find out here that though faith will never be taken out of the equation, our belief is not against reason!
In chapters on the reliability of the Old and New Testament we get answers (really good answers) to questions Christian young folks hear on college campuses or at the workplace. I heard these things attacked when I went to the University of Tennessee several years ago and I had to dig hard. I want my children to read this before they get in such a situation. I saw others then have their faith crumble as they had no answers to such things. But there are answers, and this book lays them out beautifully.
Some questions are not as critical as others-like the 3 days of Christ in the Tomb and so which day was Christ crucified on, or issues like polygamy. Others are great! People throw up Bible contradictions, or who wrote Genesis, or how to view evidence. In several places you will learn that carbon dating doesn't prove a thing because of the assumptions made, that the assumption of uniformity is not legitimate on the part of evolutionists, or best of all, the strongest arguments that evolutionists make is only possible if God exists. You've got to read about that great fact.
I highly recommend this book. If Christian young people mastered the contents of this book, far fewer of them would drift away. May the Lord use this book to that end.
I received this book free from the publisher. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 .
How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 is, at heart, an apologetics book. It seeks to equip Christians to defend the faith. Eighteen authors contribute twenty-eight chapters covering a broad variety of apologetics-related issues.
Issues core to the faith, like the reliability of the Old and New Testaments, and the doctrine of the Trinity are also covered. But these chapters are interspersed with more focused, niche chapters. To say that the book is deeply diverse and varied is perhaps an understatement; a chapter on hermeneutics sits next to a chapter on the Da Vinci Code, and a chapter on the moral incoherence of evolution sits next to a chapter on polygamy. Many books must be read consecutively to be understood; it is entirely possible that this book is better understood if not read consecutively!
However, that is not to say that a consecutive reading of the book is a strain. While there may be a certain logic to grouping big-picture topics and focused, niche topics into their own sections, alternating between focused and broad topics actually offers a rather pleasant change of pace.
Naturally, given the life-work of the editors, a number of the chapters focus on defending the Bible's account of Creation. But with chapters on polygamy, the doctrine of the Trinity, the Da Vinci Code, Laminin, the perpetual virginity of Mary, and whether other religious writings can be from God, the book contains enough new material to commend its purchase to those who already own several of Ham's previous Creation Science books.
In the chapter on "How Did We Get the Bible in English," chapter author Herb Samworth accepts a number of the principles and assumptions of modern textual criticism; however, his treatment is more balanced than many, as he acknowledges an ongoing controversy over the critical text's reliability.
How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 is a fascinating read, and highly recommended.