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Evidence That Demands a Verdict [Hardcover]

Josh McDowell
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Dec 1979

Among important books in the defense of Christianity, this one has few equals. Evidence That Demands a Verdict is an easy-to-read, front-line defense for Christians facing the tough questions of critics and skeptics. Using secular evidences and other historical sources, Josh McDowell's faith-building book is a "must read" for every Christian.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Here's Life Pub; Rev Sub edition (Dec 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918956579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918956576
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - used for many years now 18 Jun 2013
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Had the hard back for years. Always a useful one. Heard Josh McDowell speak in the the '80s, and was always impressed by his easy to access research.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars evidence that demands a verdict 30 July 2011
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a very intelectual book.it cannot be started at the begining and finished on the last page. It must be read in segments . Moses here .J0shua there. The overwhelming proof that history and spiritualityhave co-existed for thousands of years is here in these pages for all to see the bible says quote} You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. and that all scripture is inspired by God and is benificial for teaching and for setting things sraight. Angharad Dishman
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5.0 out of 5 stars My own view 21 Nov 2010
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As I' not an evangelical or fundamentalist christian I gave this book 5 because it's well written and has lots of useful information in and the man's heart is in the right place. As someone who's hobby is studying the Bible using all methods at my disposal I was kind of mystified by the chapter on the Canon of Scripture where it's stated that the Canon of Scripture can be determined by the content to those said books. I would say that is highly unlikely. Also there was something else saying the Documentary hypothesis of the pentateuch had no evidence and Moses wrote it. Again I would say this conclusion is based on very little evidence. However, what I liked about the book was good arguments that Jesus was who he said he was, that is, the God. When it comes down to it if we believe in Jesus and keep his word we will be saved.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 22 Jan 2014
By juggles
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Whilst this is very erudite and an intellectual read nevertheless it is still speculation and doesn't convince me. I found much and more satisfaction in the book Biblical Nonsense by Dr Jason Long
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Jury is still deliberating 31 Aug 2005
By Dan Bradshaw - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good starting place for someone looking for religion or looking to increase their faith in Christianity. It is difficult reading, but the format would work well as a reference guide. I truly glory in the things in this book and I hope it can advance the Christian cause. I do consider myself a Christian believer, but putting myself on the outside looking in, I can see there is no slam dunk here. As one can readily see from previous reviews, the physical evidence can be explained away. There is some very compelling evidence in this book, but the vast majority of the evidence consists of reasoning (though I believe the reasoning for the most part to be sound) with the accounts written from within the Bible itself, or theologians commenting on it. The most credible accounts are from the Jewish historian, Josephus, though in recent decades even some of his accounts have come into question. There is reference to some lost Old Testament cities that have been recovered in recent decades.

I do not base my faith on whether or not there is physical evidence to support it, as it would truly be shaky ground to stand on, especially in this day. On the other hand, it was Austin Farrar that said, "Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish." This book is a wonderful example of just such "rational argument" that at times is very convincing.

There is no doubt that there is power in evidence to advance the nurturing of faith. But this should not overshadow the fact that there is an even greater power to be had beyond physical evidence or reasoning. The Savior Jesus Christ tells us himself of a much greater, even more powerful witness that man can have in Matthew 16, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." I don't think the need for faith will ever be completely diminished in this life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All open minded agnostics should read this book 14 Dec 1998
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If you are a truth seeking agnostic or atheist who does not categorically deny the possiblity of the supernatural you should read this book. You should also read this book if you are a Christian who does not know why you believe what you believe. This is the most comprehensive defense of Christianity that I have found.The case it makes is so convincing I was at first "certain" the evidence had to be tainted somehow. But, by using the references given in the footnotes, both for and against the argument, I verified (as can anyone else) that the evidence is presented fairly. This book is very dense and it will take perseverance to follow the argument from beginning to end. However, it is very well divided into individual criticisms which do not depend on the answers given in other areas. I recommend this book highly to everyone who is willing to spend time and thought searching for the truth. A less comprehensive, and perhaps more readable, book covering much of the same material is The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leads you into real belief 15 Oct 2005
By Robert Carr - Published on Amazon.com
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This book changed my life. It created a small seed of hope in me that eventually flourished into a life and faith that I thought was impossible to attain in this existence. It was laying around the house (actually strategically placed by my wife) and I thought it was one-sided Christian propaganda. But I picked it up one day and the most wonderful process begin. I recommend it highly if you want to start the search for something real and deep and lasting that can become the treasure of your life.
23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premier Apologetic Resource! 17 Sep 2000
By Brentley - Published on Amazon.com
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Josh is one of this generation's foremost apologists for the Christian faith, having begun his journey in college as a skeptic himself setting out to disprove the Bible. To his amazement, the evidence was overwhelming and 'demanded a verdict'. The vast range of source material cited (and updated for new audiences) from personal research and extensive Scriptural and soul searching have produced a monumental one-volume arsenal to defend the faith in a friendly but firmly factual way. This belongs in every church library and should be read by every church member to re-examine the documentary evidence for believing in Christ: there is no need to apologize for accepting the Bible at face value, since it has never been disproven and the preponderance of the evidence points to its truthfulness beyond a reasonable doubt. Great companion books would be Lee Strobel's Case For Christ; Case For Faith; C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity; Norman Geisler When Critics Ask; D.James Kennedy Solving Bible Mysteries. Josh's masterpiece has stood and will withstand the test of time as a classic component of the 20th/21st Centuries' apologetic arsenal. Meaty but more than manageable for the patient Bible student/sincere seeker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think about the origin of this book. 3 Sep 1999
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After reading through the other reviews of this book, it became clear that many of the readers of this book don't understand where this book "came from."
Dr. Josh McDowell, at one point in time, was an atheist. He was very angry at Christians. This book started out as his attempt to disprove Christianity. As he did more and more research, the evidence against his argument overwhelmed him.
As a result he is now one of the finest men of God around, and a great speaker. Read this book if you haven't already.
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