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Posted February 23, 2010
Trustworthiness at Work
This book was a gift from my son. It is an excellent book written in a very readable style. My only negative critique is the subtitle connection to the DaVinci Code. While the DaVinci Code was addressed, I felt that most of the book focused on other anti-Christian books, Christian books on the far left and the Jesus Seminar. I suppose it was a marketing ruse and it really doesn't matter except it irks me a bit when I see this.
This book is a carefully laid-out discussion on the trustworthiness of Scripture. It covers such issues as:
* Oral tradition
* Criteria of authenticity
* Issues tied to textual criticism
* The canon
* Issues tied to myth
* The early texts on Jesus' deity
Prior to this book, I had read several works by Erhman including Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) and Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (Plus) (I enjoyed the reading if not the conclusion) . I have also read the works by Baigent and the spate of atheist authors such as Dawkins, Hitchens and Shermer. Reinventing Jesus does a fair job of putting all of these in their place. That is, offering evidence that the Bible can be trusted and evidence that would make most intelligent atheists think about their stance. However, I am sure this will not happen.
It is definitely a book for the average person to learn why we can have confidence in the New Testament today. Using logic and interpretative tools it addresses each topic without ridiculing those that take a different view. In this age of "snippy remarks", outrage and poor manners, I really appreciate this approach.
I recommend this book without reservation.
Michael L. Gooch
Author of Wingtips with Spurs
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