Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Evidence, Answers & Faith: Probing the Headlines That Impact Your Family. Jimmy Williams, ed. Kregel Publications, 2002. 207 pp., (paperback), $11.99, ISBN 0–8254-2035–0.
One of the greatest needs of our day is for good Christian apologetics. Of course, the operative word here is the word “good.” Evidence, Answers & Faith falls into this category. What makes this book good is that it is grounded in solid biblical and theological truths and has been tested by good Christian apologists in the arena of faith over a period of many years. For example, the general editor, Jimmy Williams, is the founder and past president of Probe Ministries International and currently servers as minister at large. He received his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Dallas. During the past thirty-five years he has visited, lectured, and counseled on university campuses in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. The other contributors are no less qualified to lay out this pop-ular response to the basic questions thrown up against the historic Christian faith.
The book is divided into three major sections: Part 1: Foundational Issues, Part 2: The Bible, and Part 3: Jesus Christ. The first five chapters comprise the Foundational Issues. In chapter one, Rick Wade, a research associate for Probe Ministries, discusses “Christian Apologetics: An Introduction.”
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What is apologetics? How do we think both biblically and logically? What are the foundational considerations (e.g., the nature of proof, the nature of our message, etc.)? How do we present the case for Christianity?
In chapter two, Jimmy Williams addresses the question “Does God Exist?” Rick Rood, former director of publications at Probe Ministries, writes chapter three. He takes on “The Problem of Evil.” He then goes on in chapter four and answers the question, “Is Jesus the Only Savior?” Jimmy Williams then returns in chapter five to correlate “Apologetics and Evangelism.”
The second part of the book, on the Bible, comprises the next five chapters. In chapter six, Williams seeks to answer the question, “Are the Biblical Documents Reliable?” Rick Wade returns in chapter seven to address the question, “Is the Bible Inspired?” Don Closson, the director of administration for Probe Ministries, writes chapter eight. He lays out the details of “The Christian Canon.” He then continues in chapter nine on the subject of “The Old Testament and the Apocrypha.” Wade then closes this section in chapter ten with the delicate issue of “The Debate over the King James Bible.”
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