|Josh McDowell describes The
New Evidence That Demands A Verdict as “a compilation of notes” prepared
for his lecture series, “Christianity: Hoax or History?” This book is the
third revision of Evidence That Demands A Verdict published in 1972
and revised again in 1979.
The author writes, “It is my hope, that in providing the most up-to-date information, this third edition of Evidence That Demands A Verdict will equip Christians of the twenty-first century with confidence as they seek to understand and defend their faith.”
Josh McDowell includes a short biography in which he tells how “He [Jesus] Changed My Life.” “You can laugh at Christianity. You can mock and ridicule it. But it works. If you trust Christ, start watching your attitudes and actions--Jesus Christ is in the business of changing lives.”--Josh McDowell.
He also cautions, “God saves--apologetics do not. On the other hand, God often uses apologetics, or evidences, to help clear away obstacles to faith that many people erect, and also to show that faith in Christ is reasonable.”
The book has chapters on the Bible: its uniqueness; how we got it; is it reliable? Part Two covers The Case For Jesus: extra biblical historical references to Jesus, his character and claims to deity, Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Christ. Part Three deals with The Case For And Against Christianity through archaeology, literary criticism, and other discussions, such as, the various theories, presuppositions and higher criticisms relating to biblical criticism. Part Four, Truth or Consequences, concludes the book with essays discussing The Nature of Truth, The Knowability of Truth, and other topics.
I have not read every word of this large
edition, but I did read the previous one many years ago. I became a Christian
before I read the book. I remain a Christian, not because I understand
and remember all of the intellectual arguments and evidences for Christ
included in this book, but because trusting Jesus and learning to live
his way has given me a life full of hope. Yet, the faith I live by is not
based on false hope or wishful thinking. God expects us to use our minds
and base our decisions on true information and rational thinking. A reference
book such as The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict has information
and rational reasons for placing faith in Jesus.