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Critics often claim that the Bible cannot be true because it has contradictions. but few bother to check to see if it is really true! You might have seen a popular list of 439 alleged Bible contradictions that's often referred to as the definitive proof that the Bible is flawed. Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason examines this list and offers Christians an intelligent answer to these common objections. Discover more about God, His sovereignty, and how the Bible really is supremely accurate and self-consistent! Short, concise answers make this a wonderful resource for any Christian who wants to know how to answer the objection that the Bible can't be trusted due to supposed contradictions.

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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1683440927
ISBN-13: 9781683440925

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  1. Theresa C Shell
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Strong Apologetics Resource
    September 28, 2017
    Theresa C Shell
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent resource for addressing areas of confusion or criticism within the Bible.

    Lisle begins by introducing common fallacies, then works through 420 alleged contradictions to show where Bible critics have faltered in their logic, and how the Scriptures in question actually fit together.

    The biblical "contradictions" are arranged in thematic sections: Quantitative Differences, Names, Places, and Genealogies, Timing of Events, Cause and Effect, Differences in Details, and Yes or No Questions. It is also easy to search for specific chapters of the Bible, using the Scripture Index in the back.

    A wide range of passages and concerns are addressed, ranging from details one might not consider (e.g. #49: For how much did David buy the threshing floor?, or #186: To whom were the cities of Exhtaol and Zoreah given?), to larger theological concerns (e.g. #185: Is circumcision required?, or #329: Is God the creator of evil?). Although many of the contradictions could be addressed more thoroughly (and to include theological variances within the Christian perspective), I really appreciate the succinctness and clarity of each point, and the focus on thinking through the logic of each criticism. The practice of critical thinking--both within and outside of one's own perspective--is essential to having a strong foundation of faith; and this text allows readers to practice this skill.

    Teens and adults who want to have a stronger grasp of apologetics will find this a helpful guide in affirming and defending their faith.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Master Books.
  2. Nadine
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Excellent Resource From Master Books!
    September 24, 2017
    Nadine
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is going to be an amazing resource for all those conversations that usually make me cringe for all the same reasons!

    I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe. However, I am a bit of an introvert so when faced with confrontation, I like to be either: well prepared or have time to think about what's discussed before responding.

    Confrontational people rarely like to afford this thinking time though. But after reading this book, I feel like I would be much more prepared to stand firm and be able to explain why their misconceptions are just that.

    Understanding what a contradiction really is...

    In the 10 page introduction, author Jason Lisle, does a great job of explaining what a contradiction actually is. His definitions are clear and to the point. I didn't feel lost or overwhelmed trying to follow this discussion.

    He then goes on to explain the common fallacies, or mistakes in reasoning, that lead to these misconceptions. I was really impressed with how well he could take a pretty in-depth subject and explain the ideas clearly with examples in only 1-2 paragraphs.

    Diving into 6 major types of Bible Contradictions

    Quantitative Differences

    The next chapter in the book refers back to the fallacies. (Trust me, by then end of this book you won't have to refer back to them anymore!) There are many examples given where the bible seems to contradict itself due to differences in numbers.

    The author goes on the explain how the numbers don't contradict each other but actually make sense.

    For example; a census of people taken at the start of a journey would vary in numbers from one taken at the end of the journey where over the course of time people have passed away and others have added to their families.

    Names, Places & Geneologies

    Have you ever stumbled across a scripture that lists one person and then another that seems to refer to the same person by a different name? One such place is the listings of the apostles in the gospels. Just to mention a few - there was Simon also known as Peter, James who was the son of Zebedee and his brother, John, and Simon the Canaanite also known as Zelotes.

    There are many examples given to answer questions like: Where did Mary and Joseph live before Jesus was born? Who were the sons of Benjamin?

    Timing of Events

    I found this section incredibly interesting to read because understanding the biblical timeline has always confounded me a little bit (especially with a bible that isn't set up chronologically). It is also highly specific in each example. There are some great questions about whether things occurred before or after an event.

    Were plants created before or after humans? Was Jesus crucified the day before or the day after the passover meal?

    I find some of the questions provoke a lot of thought because I had never questioned them before. And others answered questions I had often wondered but never enough to find the answers.

    Cause and Effect

    This section of the book looks at events where more than one cause can be pinpointed. And again, the fallacies around misconceptions, as cause can be multifaceted. It can be hard to point at exactly which event caused another, but just because one was a key factor, doesn't mean that the others weren't also.

    Was Abraham justified by faith or by works? Who cast Jonah into the sea? Who tempted David to number Israel.

    The answers are short and concise. They are detailed and yet simple enough to follow along on topics that you may have done a lot of research on, or never even pondered before.

    Differences in details

    Of all the books in the bibles, the ones that are most often quoted for having differences in details, or disagreeing with each other, are the gospels. However, throughout the bible, when differences like these are seen, they are usually compatible differences as opposed to conflicting ones.

    Where did Jesus first appear to the 11 disciples after the resurrection? Should every man bear his own burden?

    A lot of the questions in this section were ones that I hadn't ever felt conflicted about but learning even more about the differences in hebrew words and how they relate to context is fascinating.

    Yes or No?

    The Yes or No section of the book covers the most important questions asked because these types of questions can't be compatible differences. If the bible answer yes to a questions in one spot but then says no to the same question in another spot, then there would definitely be a contradiction.

    Come and find out the truth about these questions: Is it wrong to commit adultery? Did Jesus baptize anyone? Is casting out devils the sign of a true Christian?

    Why this book is a perfect addition to the homeschool library

    I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this book. I was fascinated by the answers that were given. And surprised by many of the questions asked about bible contradictions. I found that my understanding of events, times and people improved.

    This book is written at a level that would best be suited for highschool students and adults. But, will also be useful for exploring with your preteens with parental guidance.

    You could definitely read all the way through this book bit by bit and explore the different questions presented. Or, you could use it as a reference book time and time again when you come across these questions. Either way it is a wonderfully done book that I am happy to recommend to you.

    This review was originally published at http://www.makinghermama.com/bible-contradictions/ Sept. 23/17
  3. IrishDutchman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book makes a great gateway to conversations
    September 23, 2017
    IrishDutchman
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    Over 400 Contradictions? Critics claim fallacies exist in the Bible. Author Jason Lisle covers each of them in this book. Each contradiction is formed as a question. The author then gives an explanation of why the claim is untrue and gives the reader Bible passages for reference (and further research). By looking at each claim and then seeing in scripture why that claim is false, the reader can gain a better confidence in the Bible.

    This book makes a great gateway to conversations with your friends and family on the reliability of Gods word. Read the question, then take time to talk about it and to think through it. This book will reinforce the authority of the Bible and encourage deeper thinking about the scriptures.

    The chapter titles are:

    1. Quantitative Differences

    2. Names, Places, Genealogies

    3. Timing of Events

    4. Cause and Effect

    5. Differences in Details

    6. Yes or No?

    *This is a review copy from the publisher, New Leaf Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise, was requiredall opinions are my own.*

    #apologetics #theology #reference
  4. Maryann
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Resource to Help Lay to Rest Misconceptions on Scipture
    September 21, 2017
    Maryann
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Age of Reason has brought about attacks on basic Christian beliefs and the rejection of God. Those who have followed this movement turned away from the thought of God and relied on their own intellect. They have believed that God is unknowable, if He existed at all. Without being burdened by religion or faith, people seemed to have found freedom to come up with their own thoughts and beliefs on existence. Man felt that he could now claim to have higher reasoning than the constraints of what religion allowed, hence people have set out to disprove claims about Christianity and God being the source of all truth.

    People tend to use the typical strawman that the Bible carries contradictions throughout the text. This would supposedly prove their point that Gods Word is unreliable. Christians are convicted by the Spirit of the truth in Gods Word, but you find that a lot of people with heart knowledge cant always defend the truth for the lack of head knowledge.

    Keeping Faith in the Age of Reason: Refuting Alleged Bible Contradictions by Jason Lisle helps lay to rest over 400 of the most popular supposed contractions that skeptics and non-believers often use to make a case against the Word of God. They have set out to prove that it is error-prone and Lisle has set out to prove them wrong.

    With a thorough collection of topics such as quantitative differences and the timing of events, to cause and effect and differences in details, Lisle provides excellent insight as to why people use these arguments against Christianity. He also provides us with Scriptural proof that speaks truth into the topics at hand.

    Keeping Faith in the Age of Reason is a fantastic tool for apologists, students and those who simply want to expand their Biblical studies. With commentary, definitions of fallacies, and follow-up closing remarks, we can be sure to use this book when faced by the running doubts in the community of nay-sayers.
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