In Defense of the Bible - eBook
In Defense of the Bible - eBook  -     Edited By: Steven B. Cowan, Terry L. Wilder
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In Defense of the Bible gathers exceptional articles by accomplished scholars that address and respond to the major contemporary challenges to the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture.

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
Textual and historical challenges and how to deal with them comprise the second section and address straightforwardly-charges that the Bible has been corrupted beyond repair, questions concerning authorship, The Bible's alleged use of pagan myth, and the historical reliability of the Old and New Testaments.

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.

Contributors Include:
  • 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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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781433682995
ISBN-13: 9781433682995

Publisher's Description

In Defense of the Bible gathers exceptional articles by accomplished scholars (Paul Copan, William A. Dembski, Mary Jo Sharp, Darrell L. Bock, etc.), addressing and responding to all of the major contemporary challenges to the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture.

The book begins by looking at philosophical and methodological challenges to the Bible—questions 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.

Contributors also explore textual and historical challenges—charges made by Muslims, Mormons, and skeptics that the Bible has been corrupted beyond repair; questions about the authorship of certain biblical books; allegations that the Bible borrows from pagan myths; the historical reliability of the Old and New Testaments.

Final chapters take on ethical, scientific, and theological challenges— demonstrating the Bible's moral integrity regarding the topics of slavery and sexism; harmonizing exegetical and theological conclusions with the findings of science; addressing accusations that the Christian canon is the result of political and theological manipulation; ultimately defending the Bible as not simply historically reliable and consistent, but in fact the Word of God.

Author Bio

 Steven B. Cowan is the Jim Young associate professor of Philosophy and Religion at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.

Terry L. Wilder is professor and Wesley Harrison chair of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Endorsements

Cowan and Wilder have amassed a stellar team of contributors who [have produced] a book that is at once deep in coverage and wide in scope. This is an authoritative treatment of biblical inspiration and inerrancy, and I highly recommend it.
-J.P. Moreland

'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

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Needed!
    March 8, 2018
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a needed book! Its subtitle explains its approach: a comprehensive apologetic for the authority of Scripture. Edited by Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder, this book gathers a fine collection of articles by competent writers. I was especially impressed that though these writers were scholars, they truly succeeded in writing in a way that was accessible to a wide array of readers.

    You will find this book to be expertly designed. After a brief introduction, Part One discusses philosophical and methodological challenges in four chapters. That covers things like special revelation, the veracity of the Bible, what higher criticism says and how its wrong, as well as our ability to understand the Bible. Part Two explains textual and historical challenges in seven chapters. In this section, you will learn how that neither the Old nor the New Testament are hopelessly corrupted. You will also be made aware of the reliability of each Testament and how to view apparent contradictions in the Bible.

    Part Three, which was my favorite, looked at ethical, scientific, and theological challenges in six chapters. It covers subjects that often bewilder Christians when the world attacks. What about the Bibles apparent condoning of genocide? Theres a profound chapter answering the questiondoes the Bible condone slavery and sexism? Theres another chapter on the Bibles conflict with science, and though I did not agree with all of it, it did give some help in understanding the subject. Considering the charges that our Bible is missing several books, the chapter on Canon was especially enlightening. All in all, every chapter was a winner.

    My library contains just about every major work on the authority and inspiration of the Bible. I have all the old standbys and love them, but if I had to choose to recommend just one volume to someone wanting to really dig into this subject, I would choose this book. The main reason that its so valuable is that it takes a high view of Scripture just as the best books have in the past while focusing on the most turbulent issues that our non-Christian culture hurls at the Bible today. Its fair to say this book succeeds in both defending the Bible and in offering an apologetic for our day. Every pastor could benefit from this book, but I recommended it to anyone feeling overwhelmed by the criticisms widely broadcast against the Bible in our day. This is an awesome resource!

    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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. John M Kight
    Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Volume on a MUCH NEEDED Topic!!
    April 15, 2016
    John M Kight
    Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It 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.
  3. jeff
    kentucky
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Only one bad chapter.
    November 7, 2015
    jeff
    kentucky
    Age: 18-24
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    This 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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