Review for "Has God Spoken? Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration" by Hank Hanegraaff, published by Thomas Nelson
It was a great privilege extended to me by the folks at Thomas Nelson, Book Sneeze, to receive this book and to review it.
I should simply start off by emphatically saying that I loved this book. I though Hanegraaff did a great job of presenting the information in an enjoyable manner but also in a well organized method.
Not only did the style of writing and organization of the book make it an interesting read but it is also very teachable. It would work well for a small group; large group; or individual study.
The Bible Answer Man has presented the various proofs by utilizing acrostics. The overall acrostic for the book is the word "M-A-P-S." The four letters represent the four parts of the book "Manuscripts, Archaeology, Prophetic, and Scripture." Each of these words has its own acrostic as he systematically presents evidence to show the Bible really is God's spoken Word and refutes critics for their arguments against the Bible being God's spoken Word.
One other thing Hanegraaff did that I appreciated was that he provided some of the arguments from modern day skeptics. The list of these modern day skeptics includes popular author Richard Dawkins; and Bart Ehrman, distinguished professor of religious studies at the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hanegraaff writes that Ehrman appears to be "peculiarly proud of causing the faith of many of his students to waver."
As this book takes you through a variety of proofs_.all working together_..you will not only find your own faith being strengthened but you will also find that you will be able to help those who are asking questions and faltering in their own faith.
This is the first book written by Hank Hanegraaff that I've read. He has written many. This book, "Has God Spoken?" is the final book in a trilogy written by Hanegraaff. The first two books were: "The Farce of Evolution" and "Resurrection." I think after reading this book, I would most certainly enjoy and benefit from reading the first two books of this trilogy.
This book reads like a college text-book. Long, detailed, a bit slanted toward the author's own beliefs and the wording seems to be aimed at professors not mere students.
The book is rich with information to prove the validity of the Bible, uses multiple acronyms to remember the major and minor points that he brings out, and has over sixty pages of notes and selected bibliography all in small print.
I was very disappointed to find that he has taken something that could be so wonderfully useful to so many Christians and seemed to focus his writing instead on refuting college professors directly rather than writing to the average Christian who runs into the arguments of those professors.
Much of what Mr. Hanegraaff brings up is great, gems worth sharing with others, even though he lets his personal views take over in some places. If he had written for the average reader, then any Christian could have enjoyed the gems he had to share rather than having to dig them out of the text themselves or missing them altogether in his doctorate type writing style.
I have very mixed feelings about recommending this book and probably won't unless it is to someone who is a strong academic type of reader who is used to reading post-graduate theses.
The publisher sent me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Has God Spoken? (Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration)
This is the third book in a trilogy written by Mr. Hank Hanegraaff a.k.a. The Bible Answer Man. This book was written to give the reader a better understanding of the divine inspiration of the Bible. While I am not a seminary educated believer in our Lord I found this book to be very interesting and educating. Some parts of the book were a little hard to understand but a little research never hurt anyone.
Although I feel that this was an interesting read, I would recommend that the reader have a thirst and a want to learn more. This book is filled with lots of names, places and scripture references that a lay person might not know. For someone who loves to learn and study this would not be a problem. One other thing that was an added bonus was an insert that describes the acronym "M.A.P.S.". The book is split in to five parts. Each part takes a letter from the acronym and digs deeper into the meaning of each letter.
In closing, this book gave me a deeper understanding into the inspiration of the Bible. Further proving that the Bible is "God Breathed" (2Tim 3:16). I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who has a need or want to learn more about the Bible and where it came from. You might have to do a little homework and research a little more, but being a Disciple means becoming a lifelong learner. We all should have an attitude to want to learn all that we can so we can be ready to give the reason for why we believe.
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In the beginning, God created all things by His Word. Two chapters later, it is the authenticity, integrity, and meaning of God's Word that is called into question by Satan. And to this day, unbelievers of every kind approach the Scriptures in the same way. Popular pseudo-intellectual unbelievers such as Bart D. Ehrman, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have aggressively attacked the Word of God, attempting to upset the faith of many by asking: Has God really said? How are Christians to respond to the claims of these popular unbelievers, as well as unbelieving friends and family members?
Hank Hanegraaff's newest offering Has God Spoken? seeks to provide Christians of every stripe with a thorough yet readable and user-friendly defense of the authenticity, integrity, and meaning of God's Word. Hanegraaff's book answers questions and criticisms raised against the Divine inspiration of the Bible with evidence from the manuscript data (showing the overall textual purity of the Bible), evidence from archeology (which is both instructed by Scripture and corroborative of Scriptural historical claims), and evidence from fulfilled prophecies. By beginning first with the integrity of the manuscripts then moving on to the historical reliability of the accounts of Scripture, he then lays the Gospel before the reader by presenting Christ as the one to fulfill all prophecies concerning Himself. Which is the main point of all the Scriptures (cf. John 5:39).
Thus, Hanegraaff's book sets out to not merely provide a dry point-by-point refutation of opponents of the Word of God, but also seeks to confirm the faithful in their faith and invite the lost to "come and see" this Jesus, the Word of God, who is the subject of these authentic, compositionally integral, and very meaningful documents which Christians accept as the Word of God. And it does this very well. Hanegraaff's book is not for the specialist per se; therefore, it may not appeal to those who are well versed in the topics aforementioned. However, for Christians who are neither archeologists, nor pastors, nor professors, etc, this book is an excellent resource for personal instruction, edification, and evangelism.
Reviewed by Hiram R. Diaz III
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I had such high hopes for this book. The title sounds so promising. Especially the subtitle - "Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration". I was excited to read it and find out what the proof was.
Instead, I found the book to be SAD.
It is a
If you like acronyms, then this is the book for you. It has 9 acronyms and subacronyms in which Hank gives his "proof of the Bible's divine inspiration." He also rants against Bart Ehrman, President Obama, Bill Maher, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and others. Even when I agree with some of Hank's statements, I am appalled at how rude, unkind and judgemental his language is. When he attacks the people that he disagrees with, he also attacks their beliefs, most of which are shared by many other people. Hank is basically calling anyone who disagrees with his understanding of scripture "benighted" (p. 151) - which means " in a state of pitiful or contemptible intellectual or moral ignorance, typically owing to a lack of opportunity." Basically, if we don't see things the way he does, we are stupid and wrong and possibly heretically dangerous.
Hank especially hates Ehrman whom he accuses of "spiritual terrorism", misinterpretation, attempting to "make the language of scripture"walk on all fours" ", (I still have no idea what that is supposed to mean), setting up a "rigged game", "regurgitated sophistry, selling sensationalism and an unhealthy dose of Scriptortutre" and a lot more.
I did learn a few new things from Hank's book that I had not heard before that I found interesting, such as his deliniation between "predictive prophesy" and "typelogical prophesy". I understood the difference but had not seen them defined so nicely. I wish that Hank had explained where his understandings of prophesy and typology came from rather than just saying that "the student of Scripture well knows" these things. Hank documents thouroughly the words of those who he sees as his opposors which include an episode of the TV show "West Wing", but he does not document all of his Biblical "facts", rather saying that anyone who is a Biblical scholar should just know these things - intimating that if we don't just know that stuff, we are uneducated and stupid.
I liked Hank's MEALS acronym, but for the most part, I was disappointed by Hank's openly hostile attitude towards Bart Ehrman and anyone else who has views about the Bible that differ from his own views.