A fitting companion to volume one of the series, How Do We Know the Bible Is True? – Volume 2 touches upon roughly 30 relevant apologetics issues and provides sound Biblical answers to these questions:
- Why are young people walking away from the church? Harvard, Yale and Princeton – Once Christian? Why are so many Christian colleges shifting to a secular road?
- Who created God? Where did God come from? What is apologetics? The importance of the Reformation. The authority test – Christianity or humanism?
- Why is the Bible unique? Has the Bible’s text been changed over the years? The “Missing” Old Testament books? The “Missing” New Testament books? What about Theophanies [appearances of God] in the Old Testament?
- Were Adam and Eve real people? What about theistic evolution? Being consistent: trusting the history of the Bible. Christian unity… and the age of the earth. Radiocarbon dating? Radioactive dating of rocks? Chronology wars? Did the agues of Egypt really happen?
- The Shroud of Turin – was it in the grave with Christ? Should we trust the findings of the Jesus Seminar? Was Jesus Wrong? Peter Enns says yes.
- Has Noah’s Ark been found? Nazca Lines – Defying evolutionary ideas? Did Atlantis exist? What can we learn from Bible history. Were there really giants as described in the Old Testament?
- What about annihilationism and hell? Can I use hell in evangelism?
Contributors to this volume include Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, Carl J. Broggi, Brian H. Edwards, Ray Comfort, Steve Ham, Steve Fazekas, Tim Chaffey, Herb Samworth, Roger Patterson, Georgia Purdom, Ron Rhodes, Andrew A. Snelling, Greg Hall and Larry Pierce.
Frankly, the first few chapters were a rehash of information already related in more depth in Already Gone and Already Compromised, but there is a lot of relevant [and rather timely] information about old-age dating methods and other challenges to Biblical chronology. I particularly enjoyed Tim Chaffey’s dissection of the Jesus Seminar and his overview of giants in the Bible. I also liked the fact that this volume wasn’t afraid to take a look at “fringe” questions such as the origins of the Nazca lines, the aforementioned giants in the Bible, and Atlantis. The book contains a few articles that specifically refute the theistic evolution garbage [call it BioLogos instead of theistic evolution; it’s still the same hypocrisy] promoted by Peter Enns and Biologos lately.
My absolute favorite article in the entire book was Ray Comfort’s article, Can I use hell in evangelism? He answers the question cogently, directly and Biblically: Not only can you use hell in evangelism, you must! This pretending that there are no eternal consequences to this whole issue of sin and salvation does a grave disservice to the sinner. If we are truly made in God’s image, then we must needs be as eternal as the Image we reflect; an eternal existence must be spent somewhere! The choice [a glorious and graciously offered choice] is up to us whether we spend it with God or in a place that reflects His very opposite nature, a place of darkness rather than light, torture rather than eternal bliss, eternal death rather than life.
Overall, this is an excellent companion to the first volume and I recommend it without reservation.
-Rev Tony Breeden, from the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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