This reviewer was also very impressed with Wallace’s ability to explain what could be considered difficult topics to some in very plain language that virtually anyone can understand. As someone who teaches apologetics, I know that many believers are sometimes intimated by the terms used in many of the typical arguments; however, not only does Wallace explain concepts such as abductive reasoning, circumstantial evidence and the nature of truth in easy-to-understand language, he further demonstrates to the reader that they already do this kind of thinking without even realizing it! The brilliance of this is that the reader realizes that they don’t have to learn a completely new way of thinking to evaluate the Christian worldview, but just apply what they already know to it’s claims.
[...]After learning the chief principles of investigation, Wallace turns the readers attention to the claims of the NT. This reader was very impressed with the breadth and depth of difficult matters that the author was able to convincing deal with. Readers who master Wallace’s work will be equipped to:
- Defend the conviction that the gospels were written fairly early to the events they record
- Deal with common objections to the gospel accounts
- Learn how to deal with “late additions” to the NT text
- Share Non-Christian sources for Jesus
- Share examples of how archaeology continues to validate the claims of the NT
- Demonstrate that there are good reasons to believe that the NT was handed down accurately and is trustworthy
- Demonstrate that the NT Canon was established in the first-century
- Deal with the objection of bias[...]It is this reviewer’s conviction that both believer and non-believer will benefit from Wallace’s work. The believer will find in Wallace an outstanding teacher who is able to take complex concepts and make them exciting and engaging. Further, they will be more equipped than ever before to defend the gospels, the New Testament, and the Christian worldview with sound thinking and a respectful approach.The unbeliever could quite possibly find a like-minded individual in J. Warner Wallace, himself a former atheist and self-proclaimed, “outspoken skeptic.” The author fairly represents the opposition’s views, respectfully offers counter arguments and gently challenges the skeptic to reconsider the pre-suppositions they may be hindering their investigation of Christianity.
I already had the book version of this book, and I just bought the unabridged audio book version today! Everyone is talking about this book.
By the way, the author of the book, J. Warner Wallace, will be on the nationally-syndicated Laura Ingraham show tomorrow morning. He tweeted this: “REALLY looking forward to my interview with Laura Ingraham on Monday at 8:30 AM PST. I’m a BIG fan of her work….” Click here to find a station. You might be able to catch a repeat of the third hour here, later, as well.