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Evidence That Demands a Verdict

Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World
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God’s Word tells us we must “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). This updated classic from Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell will give you the tools you need to do just that.
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The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated—because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. Since that time, Evidence has remained a trusted resource for believers young and old. Bringing historical documentation and the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings, this extensive volume has encouraged and strengthened millions. Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites readers to bring their doubts and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions.


Evidence That Demands a Verdict is the winner of the 2018 Christian Music Award® for Bible Reference Works. 


Features Include:

• Thoroughly revised and updated from the previous edition

• Now co-authored by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

• All-new chapters defending against the latest attacks from Christianity’s critics

• Designed to be a go-to reference for even the toughest questions

• Offers thoughtful responses to the Bible’s most difficult and extraordinary passages

• Expansive defense of Christianity’s core truths, including the resurrection of Jesus Christ

Contributor(s) Josh McDowell , Sean McDowell
About the Contributor(s) Josh McDowell

As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling and overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love. After his conversion, Josh committed his life to telling a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. After studying at Kellogg College, Josh completed his college degree at Wheaton College and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, graduating magna cum laude with a Masters of Divinity. Working with Campus Crusade for Christ and founding the youth outreach, Josh McDowell Ministry, Josh has shared the gospel with more than 25 million people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-authored of 147 books.

Sean McDowell

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, especially young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support of a biblical worldview. Sean is an assistant professor in Biola University’s Christian Apologetics program and the resident scholar for Summit California. A regular speaker for organizations like Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and Youth Specialties, among others, Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over eighteen books and is a frequent guest on radio shows like Family Life Today and Point of View.

ISBN-10 1401676707
ISBN-13 9781401676704
Release Date Oct 10, 2017
Weight (lbs) 3.1400
Height 9.50
Width 6.88
Length 880
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $29.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Tom
the writer was a non believer and set out to prove Christianity and the resurrection and the bible to be false but he looked at all of the arguments as well as the historical evidence which he presents in this amazing book and it was from his investigating the historical evidence that he became a believer and found that Christ had indeed risen from the dead (Posted on 3/27/2018)
Review by Brian
Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down ARGUMENTS and every high thing that exalts itself against the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, bringing EVERY THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2nd Corinthians 10:3-5).

Who needs this book?
The atheist, agnostic, or Non-Christian who is intellectually honest and open.
Anyone who is of another faith, but may be curious about Christianity.
Every follower of Jesus who take serious the instruction to love God with all our heart, strength…and mind; as well as the mandate given in 2 Peter 3:15.

Daniel 12:4 tells us in the last days, there will be an increase in knowledge.
The Internet has become the single largest repository of lies, revisionism, deceit, and half or twisted truths, all presented by groups or individuals representing themselves as authorities on virtually every subject imaginable. The only thing required to be an expert on anything is a video-capable smart phone and a YouTube channel. There has never been such an assault on truth as there is today. Feelings, not facts, win allegiance, and sway public opinion. Check the Oxford Dictionaries 2016 International Word of the Year for more on that.

To say that this updated version of Evidence That Demands a Verdict is timely is an understatement.
Josh and Sean McDowell and their team of scholars have unveiled so much solid evidence…it is staggering. I honestly could write for hours regarding my favorite areas (which appear in every part). The section on Truth is worth double the price of the book. In fact, I’ll hazard that every chapter in every section is worth the price of the entire volume.

I have skimmed over some chapters only because my focus went to areas of personal interest, and others where I have been challenged by unbelievers, have already researched, and ever on the lookout for more data. There’s so much here. It really is a gold mine. More information on manuscript evidence. More information on the historicity and archaeology of the Old Testament. And there’s the most pivotal moment in history…the one that we measure time against…The Resurrection.

There is even more information for dealing with the Jesus-mythers. These false teachers are destroying and even serving to inoculate many young people against faith in Jesus. Each chapter in “Part 2: The Evidence for Jesus” is so important. This includes separate Chapters for historical evidence for the existence of Jesus, Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus, dealing with the idea that the resurrection is a hoax, and the belief that Christianity is a copycat religion (I find this one especially diabolical), just to name a few.

Others have written great reviews already, and every positive review you read is right on. I can’t speak for those who didn’t get from it what I did. This new edition of Evidence is exactly what those of us are looking for who hunger for more education and solid research, but lack the time and resources to pull it off. If we are to bring unbelievers into a deeper SPIRITUAL understanding of God, and disciple those who are new or young Christians, we MUST be able to effectively answer difficult questions.

I will be purchasing this resource in every available format as I am able. This is one that I will carry with me everywhere, study alongside my Bible, listen to, and read repeatedly so that I am doing everything in my power to always be ready to lovingly and humbly provide an answer for the hope that is within me to whomever might ask. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know.
(Posted on 10/9/2017)
Review by Roger
Josh and Sean bring an amazing amount of resources and experience together in this one-stop-shop of apologetics material. This book is a must have for anyone actively seeking to stay equipped and relevant to Christian consistency (Posted on 10/9/2017)
Review by David
Newly updated, this book has presented the evidence for the Christian faith for nearly half a century. Not only do the authors present a mountain of evidence, but they have done it in a scholarly manner. No side-stepping, no eloquent verbage, just straight forward, factual evidence that must be reckoned with. The authors have not just dealt with minor critics for every issue of contention, they have taken on the most serious challenges against the Christian faith head on. Their conclusions are straight forward and honest, even when evidence is minimal.

Are you a skeptic? Are you an atheist? Are you a nominal or strong Christian? Whatever position you may take, this book is for all. If you are not a Christian, this book will not only challenge your beliefs, but give you something to think about that demands to be resolved. If you are a nominal Christian this book will strengthen your faith and walk with God, but also ground you solidly in your faith. If you are a strong believer this book will give you even more confidence in the faith, and confidence to share your faith and converse intelligently.

Regardless of where you stand this book will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Read the book; there is Evidence That DEMANDS A Verdict! (Posted on 10/4/2017)
Review by HomeEducator
“Evidence That Demands a Verdict” is a scholarly book and not for the faint of heart. This 798 page resource includes a lengthy introduction regarding the topic of apologetics and the Christian faith, as well as a prologue discussing “The Role of Presuppositions,” the definition of “Naturalism,” and “Evidence for Theism.” After these first seventy-four pages you enter the meat of the book which presents “Evidence for the Bible,” “Evidence for Jesus,” “Evidence for the Old Testament,” and “Evidence for Truth” in thirty-two total chapters..

In today’s culture, having answers for commonly asked questions regarding Christianity is crucial to carrying on intelligent conversations. “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” provides so much evidence to back up those answers. For example, a topic that is frequently debated is an “Historical Adam”. Chapter 17 is devoted to discussing that debate as well as providing “Evidence from the Bible and Jewish Texts for Adam and His Family,” “Evidence from Science for Adam and His Family,” and “Literary and Linguistic Evidence for Adam and His Family.” Various sources are cited in this fascinating chapter and throughout the whole book. “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” is definitely not a fictional book written by two scholars. Instead, arguments are defined and answered from a myriad of international sources.

I will admit that I have yet to completely read this book as it is quite in-depth and takes a lot of concentration to plow through the many long quotes and scientific terms. Although I highly recommend this book to Christians who wish to strengthen the defense of their faith, as well as to scholarly types who are investigating Christianity, it is not a book for the everyday person. I will continue to read it as I have time, but it will be most useful to me as a resource when I need to defend my faith. This book would be an excellent one to open up and read and discuss with an academically-minded friend over a strong cup of tea! But my teenagers and husband are not going to choose to read it in their spare time.

My rating reflects the college - or higher - reading level of the text, indicating that it will be a difficult read for most people. However, the quality of the information presented gives it a strong 4-star rating. #TrueEvidence

Disclaimer: I received a free PDF text of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
(Posted on 10/4/2017)

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