Ever since the publication of Already Gone (and more recently Already Compromised), Answers in Genesis has been increasingly pumping out general apologetics materials. Why? Why not just stick to creation apologetics? Because the results of the survey upon which Already Gone is based revealed that our children have basic questions about the reliability of the Bible and that many of them cannot even explain basic doctrine, though they have tons of “Bible stories” pretty much burned into their brains. Worse still, the average guy in the pew cannot answer their questions and their clergy are being increasingly indoctrinated in compromise positions of the Bible [see Already Compromised by Ken Ham & Greg Hall for more on that]. As in Spurgeon’s day, Christianity is once more on the “down-grade” – and we must do everything we can to stop it!
This volume touches upon 28 relevant apologetics issues providing Biblical answers to questions such as:
- Was Genesis derived from ancient myths? Did Moses write Genesis? Is the age of the earth a salvation issue?
- Are the Old and New Testament Scriptures reliable? How did we get the Bible in English?
- What about the “factual” claims of The DaVinci Code? Did the Resurrection really happen? What about miracles?
- How do we make sense of the Trinity and does the really Bible teach this doctrine concerning God? Does the Bible teach the perpetual Virginity of Mary? Does it condone polygamy?
- Is the Bible inerrant? Do the Scriptures contain contradictions? What about other religious writings?
Contributors to this volume include Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Steve Ham, Jobe Martin, Steve Fazekas, Terry Mortenson, Paul Taylor, Tim Chaffey, Herb Samworth, Roger Patterson, Bob McCabe, Georgia Purdom, Jim Gardner and John MacArthur (who delivers a truly inspirational Afterword). I also enjoyed Dr. Purdom’s discussion of laminin and her warning against seeking after signs; her thoughts meshed well with Ken Ham’s discussion on how we ought to use evidence and how we ought to avoid continuing to use once-cherished evidences that have proven to be false. I could not in good conscience end this review without recommending Tim Chaffey’s assessment of the “factual” claims of The da Vinci Code, and Chaffey and McCabe’s excellent analysis of Framework Hypothesis. Lisle also provides some bite-sized excerpts of his arguments on from The Ultimate Proof of Creation.
We need to arm ourselves with good apologetic resources like this one because, as Jim Gardner notes, “This [culture] war is really about the authority of Scripture. Either God meant exactly what He said and said exactly what He meant regarding the creation account, or He didn’t” [p. 210 – brackets mine]
-Rev Tony Breeden, from the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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