The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Fully Updated to Answer the Questions Challenging Christians Today / Edition 1

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Overview

Evidence I & II-The classic defense of the faith: Now fully updated to answer the questions challenging evangelical faith today.

The New Evidence maintains its classic defense of the faith yet addresses new issues.

The New Evidence is destined to equip believers with a ready defense for the next decade and beyond

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785242192
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/23/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 267,484
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh McDowell is an internationally known speaker and author. He is a traveling representative of Campus Crusade for Christ speaking to more than ten million young people. Josh has authored or coauthored more than120 books. Josh and his wife, Dottie, have four grown children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    Great Book!! Don't hesitate to buy it!

    I've heard of Josh McDowell for years but I had the pleasure of hearing his testimony at a youth convention in Indianapolis. McDowell grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father who would beat his mother until she couldn't stand. His mother told him that she would live until his graduation from high school, and then she wouldn't hold on anymore. She died two weeks after he graduated. Mcdowell grew up struggling with a powerful hatred for his father and for those presumed 'good people' in his town that turned against his mom and dad when he was a young boy. He ended up going to college after high school, a defiant atheist, he hated all Christians. He decided that he would study the Christian faith and prove it wrong for all time. He studied intensly and notes that he was at a library in a university in England when he sat back and finally concluded 'it's true'. Josh McDowell is a very credible writer, a man who is devoted to his faith and who has done the research necessary for a proper defensive argument for Christianity. Don't hesitate to purchase this book if you're a Christian, and if you're not, I encourage you to at least take a look--it can't hurt you.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    Disappointing

    This is an example of how fundamentalist writers over make their case. Mr. McDowell is an excellent writer. His books sound earnest. He marshals every resource he can to make his case. A superficial reading convinces readers of his case. However, once the reader begins to live within a Christian worldview, she finds problems that a simple rendering of Christian doctrine does not satisfy. The book is acceptable for those comfortable with clear, simple, and mechanical interpretation of the gospel, but it is not helpful to those witnessing to ALL thoughtful seekers. The books has its uses, but I believe there are more helpful resources we can use.

    I think Eugene Petterson is a better writer for conservative Christians who want to sharpen their sharing the gospel. Further, I think Marcus Borg is a better choice for those of us with a little more progressive bent.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    All the proof you'll ever need

    This book fell into my hands early on in my search ¿ and I¿m so glad it did. McDowell covers it all, demonstrating in minute detail why we can trust the Bible as well as Jesus¿ claim to be God. He also answers the most common questions skeptics raise ¿ including how the Bible¿s books were chosen and how we can be sure that the Scripture we read today is faithful to the earliest manuscripts. Indispensable.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

    Proof of more than just what meets the eye.

    Josh McDowell's book 'The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict,' not only hits it's target, but also proves many other points in scripture. One, that there are those who simply refuse to reconize truth when it is presented to them, and two, that there will always be the scoffers who will fight to the point that they realize something is required other than lip service, and rather do the will of their master, the enemy, than the that of Creator. I would love to see one of these scoffers write a book that could 'prove' beyond an arguable shadow of doubt, that my house had a builder, when I have no intention of believing whatever proof they present. My argument is no more incredulous than theirs.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Just another propaganda tool

    McDowell is trying to make the case for the Church's view on Christianity and, unfortunately, while he may be sincere in his belief, his reading of the Bible follows in the footsteps of the Church's traditions. That kind of reading and doctrine was already exposed as being absolutely wrong and non-Christian by Elaine Pagels, Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy and by the manuscripts in the Nag Hammadi library. These existing documents, including the Bible, and the critical analysis provided by objective scholars leave little doubt with regard to the fact the Church¿s traditions and take on Christianity are totally contradicted by Jesus and Paul¿s teachings in the Bible. As a matter of fact, its dogma represents a betrayal of the message brought to humans by a certain Christ Jesus, as Paul calls him many times instead of Jesus Christ, and for good reasons. McDowell's book is an interesting read only if you really want to research the reasoning, or rather the lack of it, behind the Church's teachings. Most of the time it relies on belief rather than on fact or common sense. We have seen that before and for too long in the past 2000 years. The time has come for a new understanding, and his book helps with that only in the sense that it makes it quite obvious how wrong the old one was, the one he chose to embrace. The truth seekers should not waste their time reading it.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    What is Truth without the Bible?

    There are no certain truths in the world without the Bible. Those that beleive otherwise are deceived and even that is Biblical. I commend Josh on writing about Christian Apologetics. he is fufilling the great commission that Jesus called us to do. He is sharing the Gospel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    More Smoke and Mirrors to Support an Agenda...

    Be forewarned: McDowell cites passages selectively then conveniently neglects to go the extra step that might negate the very point he is trying to make. One very good example of this is McDowell's citing of both Clement F. Rogers' 'The Case For Miracles (1936)' and the Old Testament. In Chapter 9 McDowell cites Rogers several times in support of McDowell's contention of the early church belief in the virgin birth. In actuality, the citation that McDowell is using will actually go on and counter McDowell's later claim that Isaiah 7:14 ('Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.' KJV) is an example of a fullfilled prophecy. McDowell fails to cite Rogers when McDowell argues that Isaiah 7:14 is an example of a fulfilled prophecy even though a relevant passage directly follows a passage McDowell has already cited regarding early church belief in the virgin birth. Take a look: 'In the early church, there were a few who rejected the virgin birth. Some of these heretics belonged to a Jewish Christian sect called the Ebionites. While some Ebionites accepted the virgin birth, others did not. Among those who denied the virgin birth were those who objected to the church's use of the passage in Isaiah concerning the virgin bearing a son (Isaiah 7:14). They said that the verse should be translated 'a young woman.' (Rogers, CM, 105) But with the exception of these Ebionites and a handful of others, the rest of the curch upheld the virgin birth of Christ and passed it on as part of orthodox doctrine. (McDowell p. 303) Examining the citation that McDowell uses (Rogers, CM, 105) we actually find: 'Then there were the Ebionites of whom Irenaeus also speaks.... They objected to the Church's use of the passage in Isaiah vii.: 'Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.' They said the words simply meant 'a young woman,' and were so rendered in the version they used. In this they were right, but their objection shows that the belief of the Church was in the Virgin Birth.' (Rogers 1936, p. 105) In this they were right, says Rogers - the virgin reference in Isaiah really does mean 'young woman'. It's the very next sentence following what McDowell does cite regarding the church's belief in the virgin birth. McDowell couldn't have missed it. But does he cite Rogers in his discussion of Isaiah 7:14 and the fulfillment of prophecy? Not at all. That wouldn't have supported his silent agenda. McDowell also conveniently fails to discuss at this point the underlying objection the Ebionites had at the use of the word 'virgin' when it really should have been 'young woman', how and why it was mistranslated, where it was mistranslated, and how the mistranslation later affected the so-called 'fulfillment' of prophecy later claimed by the author (or authors) of the book of 'Matthew': 'Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:22-23 , KJV)'. If the word in Isaiah 7:14 really should be translated as 'young woman' instead of 'virgin' then why was it initially translated as 'virgin' then later used by the author (or authors) of 'Matthew' to claim that prophecy has been fulfilled? Actually, in the original Hebrew text the word is 'ALMAH which means 'young woman' and not BETULAH (or BETHULAH) which does mean 'virgin'. So how did the word 'virgin' get into Isaiah and later referenced by Matthew if it really does say 'young woman'? This happened when Greek-speaking Jews translated the original Hebrew into a Greek (in the Septuagint version of the Hebrew Bible) and tranlsated the Hebrew world 'ALMAH meaning 'young woman' into the Greek word PARTHENOS meaning 'virgin'. So the book of Matthew's claim of the fulfillment of prophecy only works just so lon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    A Good Try

    Long considered the most visible- if not the most effective- of Christian apologists, McDowell has here contributed another effort toward making the Bible appear a reliable source of history. But so much has been written from an opposing view on the subject of Biblical apologetics (including extensive refutations of this particular book) that the task is no longer possible. McDowell's effort, while earnest, is unfortunately a bit like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    Atheists' Nightmare!

    Josh has done a great job of showing that the Christian religion is based upon objective evidence, and not on a 'blind leap of faith.' The center-piece of this evidence is the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua ben Yosef of Nazareth in Galilee. If you want to be challenged by the evidence, then you have got to read this book!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2010

    Convincing

    This book was read by my husband when he was questioning the Bible versus archeology and science. By the time he was finished reading this book, he was no longer doubting the veracity of the Bible. It is a great resource to learn facts regarding the Bible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Great Book

    Everyone should read it -- It is really worth it

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