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  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Canadian Inst for Law Theology (30 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896363164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896363165
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,074,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Moss on 15 Nov. 2013
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I note that this book is no longer available, in an economical sense, in the UK. It was required reading for my MA, and I had to order it from the USA - otherwise I doubt if I would have encountered it.

It seems that the author is something of a polymath, having in total eleven degrees in philosophy, librarianship, philosophy and law. He was born in 1933, and specialised as a Barrister working in the field of human rights and religious freedom. This title ('History, Law and Christianity') is therefore a useful title because it brings together the author's various disciplines in what is actually rather a cogent defence of Christian belief.

It was first published in 1964, for many of us quite a different era in terms of the way in which people studied, and organised their understanding of subjects. It is difficult to imagine a similar book (perhaps) being written today, given the very effective splintering of disciplines that appears to have been systematically underway within the academy.

I have given the book four out of five stars, only because I think that our understanding of the data, especially concerning the New Testament, has advanced significantly since the author published this work. Indeed, from a position of orthodox Christian belief, we now have even stronger arguments for the historicity of the person of Christ, the reliability of the NT documents, and for the resurrection as the best explanation of the data. Never the less, JWM's treatment is rigorous, clear and very helpful. I did particularly enjoy the section where he outlined how the known facts about Jesus Christ would stack up from a legal perspective, using juridicial reasoning and the law of evidence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Christian apologetics primer 1 Feb. 2011
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This is a great primer on Christian apologetics. I am the pastor of a church and I am using this book to start a new group I'm forming here, to take more of an intellectual approach to Christianity.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful and Useful Resource 13 Jun. 2013
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"History, Law and Christianity" is a helpful tool when considering the reason behind following Christ. Though the book is short, there is plenty of content to explore. I recommend Dr. Montgomery's work as a worthwhile introduction to to historical support for Jesus and his claims.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great Resource For Exploring Whether Christianity Is True of False 26 Oct. 2014
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'History, Law, and Christianity' by Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is short, but very sweet.

Although it is only about 124 pages, this work contains a lot of evidence regarding the historical evidence for Christianity, including the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Amazingly in such a small volume, the author is able to cover a lot of history, philosophical errors made by the opponents of Christianity, and much more. As Dr. Montgomery observes: 'The historic Christian claim differs qualitatively from the claims of all other world religions at the epistemological point: on the issue of testability'. He goes on to say, 'Eastern faiths and Islam, to take familiar examples, ask the uncommitted seeker to discover their truth experientially: the faith-experience will be self-validating'. He makes it clear that Christianity is testable. It can be believed based upon the evidence, rather than just some subjective feelings. I would recommend this book strongly. It will be of great help to anyone who is interested in exploring the truth or falsehood of the religions of the world.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Case for Christianity 9 Jun. 2009
By Davis Cable - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic. Concise and impactful. I especially liked the part where Montgomery uses a legal perspective to show the extreme unliklihood of the disciples lying regarding the resurrection of Jesus. Must read for Christian aplogists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Refreshingly Unapologetic Apologetic 11 Nov. 2014
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Montgomery is a high order polymath and fully armed defender of the faith. In the best scholarly tradition, Montgomery systematically steps through the major criticisms to Christianity and draws from the best, most authoritative refutations to show not just that the Bible is provably inerrant, but that the crucifixion and resurrection is the most certainly true event in the ancient world by all the standard rules of evidence. The Higher Criticism had to (wrongly) label the resurrection as a non-historical event in order to gain any ground whatsoever in dismantling the Bible as ahistorical. Montgomery is not leaning on faith here, he is using the tools and the rules of the modern discipline of history to dismantle the Rationalists in their own terms.

It is a pleasure to delve through Montgomery's clear, deft, and sure treatment of these complex issues. Even if you are free of doubt, Montgomery's treatment provides a firm basis in reason to support your faith.
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