Over the past month I have been catching up on my reading as well as reading some new books. Today I will start reviews of three E-books I found for my Kindle app on my tablet. As far as I can tell these short works are not available in paper editions. While I have been a convert to e-reading I still love books I can hold in my hands. But being Able to take multiple books with me using one devise the size of a large paperback has its appeal.
Twelve Points That Show Christianity is True, A Handbook on Defending the Faith is a nice summary of Norman Geisler’s twelve step apologetics method that can be found in such titles by Geisler as I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheists which I have reviewed on this blog. Twelve Points covers everything Geisler covers in his other books on apologetic but in a more concise form. For me it is nice to have this in a form I can access from my tablet or phone either as a refresher or to help someone else when they have a question about how to go about defending the faith.
Twelve Points starts with the fact that truth is knowable moves on the reason and then that a theistic God does exists. He then demonstrates that miracles are possible and then uses this to show that miracles can be used to confirm a message from God. He moves on the show that the New testament documents are reliable before moving us to how these documents as well As the miracles He did confirm Jesus as God.
My friends at Veracity did a great job moving through these points in some of their recent post on apologetics. Some of you may ask why we need to go through twelve steps in order to get someone to accept God. The reason is that in today’s culture we are told that there are no absolute truths, that all truth is relative. Too many today do not believe that God exists and therefor how could the Bible be God’s Word. Many time we need to get people to accept some things that to past generations were self-evident in order to get them to open their minds to God and Jesus. There is a lot of cultural baggage we need to overcome in order to get many people to even open God’s Word.
When I have taught classes on Christian Apologetics we would not even open the Bible until we had gotten past showing how truth is absolute, that God exists and that the New Testament documents are reliable. Once you get people to this point then you can use the Bible to open their eyes to the truth. Until that point you may only get blank looks or outright hostility.
Have a blessed day,