Does the Christian faith hold up under scrutiny? What does science tell us about the plausibility of a god? Can we trust the alleged eyewitness testimony of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus?
These questions are worth investigating in order to find an answer solidified in fact and evidence. Mark Lanier, one of America's top trial lawyers, uses his experienced legal eye to examine the plausibility of the Christian faith. Bringing science, current knowledge, and common sense together in a courtroom approach, this "trial" elucidates a rich understanding of God and a strong foundation for Christian faith.
Following the format of a traditional legal trial, Lanier takes us from opening statement to closing summation by way of testimony from well-known witnesses—the scientist, the theologian, the linguist, the humanist, the philosopher, the psychologist and the ancient biblical eye-witness. These sources and many others investigate the sticky subjects of the Christian worldview that are commonly scrutinized by skeptics or overlooked by marginal believers:
- Who is God in light of astronomical and subatomic science?
- How could divine inspiration of Scripture or Christ?s bodily resurrection be possible?
- How should we see the nature of reality, free will and choice, ethics, morality and the idea of heaven and afterlife?
Lanier presents a persuasive case for the Christian faith and leaves it up to us to choose what is worthy of belief and what is not. Christianity on Trial provides a thought-p
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About the Author
Mark's courtroom work has resulted in feature articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The American Lawyer. He is also a frequent guest on news shows on CNBC, Fox Business News, ABC and other networks.
Mark is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library, one of the nation's largest private theological collections. He also teaches a weekly, 750-plus-member Sunday school class focusing on biblical literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Mark is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, a non-profit organization whose goal is to create a network of principled attorneys to minister to others through civic-minded endeavours. He is the father of five children and lives in Houston with his wife, Becky.
Table of Contents
1. Opening Statement
2. God? Gods? or Nothing?
3. Who God Is Not!
4. Who Is God ? (Part 1)
5. Who Is God ? (Part 2)
6. Biolinguistics and the Communicating God
7. Reality and the God of Truth
8. Right, Wrong and the Moral God
9. Free Will, Moral Responsibility and the Infinite, Just God
10. The Audacity of the Resurrection
11. Death and Eternity
12. Closing Argument
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great read for the agnostic, the believer who needs more apologetic material or the open minded atheist.
Basic beliefs of Christianity such as the existence of the supernatural God, the resurrection of Jesus and an afterlife for believers are tested by legal standards in the 180 pages of this 2014 book. Author Mark Lanier is a Lubbock native who studied the bible in college and became very successful in his Houston based trial practice. He asks if these beliefs are more likely true than not under evidence that would be admissible in a trial, including that of a circumstantial nature. This book also informs the reader on how trials proceed, but the readers are the jury. The extensive of God can be inferred from the universe’s precision and size. Without the right amount of gravity, the earth would not support life as we know it. The laws of physics are based on a logical and consistent history. The universe reflects God’s orderliness and faithfulness. What are the odds of this occurring randomly? We are part of the Milky Way Galaxy; it has to date been observed up to 93 billion light years, one of which is 186,000 miles a second. Many more universes exist, but scientists have no idea how many. Much less was known when the writer of Psalms 8:13-14 considered the moon and stars and asked: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (King James Version) The existence of God may explain why we sense right and wrong and value human life. God is infinite, personal and moral. Most people innately crave justice and love. There is no way we can understand such a God except as he reveals himself to us. He is personal and cares for us. He chose to create man and woman in his image and thus be above other parts of creation. When mankind failed to follow God’s code, he gave us another chance through Jesus. Through history, poetry, epistles and stories, the Bible sets out truths that make sense. God’s love for all people was demonstrated by Jesus who taught, died and was resurrected. Those who observed Jesus overcome death would not have suffered persecution had resurrection been a hoax. Beginning with their testimony and actions, many other people came to believe so that Christianity became legal under Roman law a few centuries later. Heaven is discussed by Jesus and further developed by Paul who was responsible for spreading resurrection belief among Gentiles. Mark Lanier cites the classic Bible chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, where Paul argues that a belief in an afterlife follows from an acceptance that Jesus overcame death. A supernatural God who raised Jesus from a physical death could create an afterlife. Consider as did Paul the change in a seed placed in the ground with adequate moisture. The hard seed becomes a growing plant, and a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly. Paul further wrote that with a resurrected life, the “…corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality… .” (1 Cor. 53, King James Version). Lanier has established in northwest Houston a beautiful theological library and chapel to which the public has regulated access. Lectures by guest scholars are videotaped and available at the website of www.laniertheologicallibrary.org.
I loved this book. I had read other books "proving" that Christ is real. The other books have valid points as well, but they were boring to read. I very much enjoyed this book. It is good through until the end. I have been happy I read it for conversational purposes too. The author is interesting, & the book is well written.