The book begins by looking at philosophical and methodological challenges to the Bible—questions about whether or not it is logically possible for God to communicate verbally with human beings; what it means to say the Bible is true in response to postmodern concerns about the nature of truth; defending the clarity of Scripture against historical skepticism and relativism.
Contributors also explore textual and historical challenges—charges made by Muslims, Mormons, and skeptics that the Bible has been corrupted beyond repair; questions about the authorship of certain biblical books; allegations that the Bible borrows from pagan myths; the historical reliability of the Old and New Testaments.
Final chapters take on ethical, scientific, and theological challenges— demonstrating the Bible's moral integrity regarding the topics of slavery and sexism; harmonizing exegetical and theological conclusions with the findings of science; addressing accusations that the Christian canon is the result of political and theological manipulation; ultimately defending the Bible as not simply historically reliable and consistent, but in fact the Word of God.
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About the Author
Steven B. Cowan is the Jim Young associate professor of Philosophy and Religion at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.
Terry L. Wilder is professor and Wesley Harrison chair of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Table of Contents
Introduction Steven B. Cowan Terry L. Wilder 1
Part 1 Philosophical and Methodological Challenges
Chapter 1 Can and Would God Speak to Us? A Dialogue on Divine Speaking R. Douglas Geivett 13
Chapter 2 What Does It Mean to Say that the Bible Is True? Douglas K. Blount 47
Chapter 3 Higher Criticism: What Has It Shown? Charles L. Quarles 63
Chapter 4 Can We Understand the Bible? Richard R. Melick Jr. 89
Part 2 Textual and Historical Challenges
Chapter 5 Has the Old Testament Text Been Hopelessly Corrupted? Paul D. Wegner 119
Chapter 6 Has the New Testament Text Been Hopelessly Corrupted? Daniel B. Wallace 139
Chapter 7 Does the Bible Contain Forgeries? Terry L. Wilder 165
Chapter 8 Is the Story of Jesus Borrowed from Pagan Myths? Mary Jo Sharp 183
Chapter 9 Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable? Walter C. Kaiser Jr. 201
Chapter 10 Is the New Testament Historically Reliable? Paul W. Barnett 223
Chapter 11 Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Douglas S. Huffman 267
Part 3 Ethical, Scientific, and Theological Challenges
Chapter 12 Does the Bible Condone Genocide? Matthew Flannagan Paul Copan 297
Chapter 13 Does the Bible Condone Slavery and Sexism? James M. Hamilton 335
Chapter 14 Does the Bible Conflict with Science? William A. Dembski 349
Chapter 15 Are There Conflicting Theologies in the Bible? Craig A. Blaising 375
Chapter 16 Do We Have the Right Canon? Paul D. Wegner Terry L. Wilder Darrell L. Bock 393
Chapter 17 Is the Bible the Word of God? Steven B. Cowan 429
Name Index 465
Subject Index 474
Scripture Index 477