I was recently asked to do a book review for the latest edition of Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth For a Skeptical World. I was more than willing to accept because this book has been important to me for a long time. This book definitely belongs in your apologetic library.
Evidence is written by Josh (father) and Sean (son) McDowell. Josh first published the book back in 1972 after his journey to faith from skepticism. He began publicly speaking about the evidence for Christian faith and soon compiled his research in the form of a book. The latest edition has updated information, as the evidence continues grow!
Sean McDowell has a PhD in Apologetic and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Following in his father’s footsteps, he travels all over the world to speak about the Christian faith. Personally, I have found his ministry to be very helpful.
The book is very large. As such, you may not want to approach it like a novel, but as a resource – like a textbook. Or, if you’re a nerd like me, you will read it from cover to cover! The book is broken down into four major parts:
- Evidence for the Bible.
- Evidence for Jesus.
- Evidence for the Old Testament.
- Evidence for truth.
I would add that the “Prologue” could be classified as a fifth major section that could’ve been titled “Evidence for God”. The prologue is good stuff; read it!
My favorite aspect of the book was how detailed and thorough it was. This book leaves nothing un-turned. Every question is scrutinized, and objecting voices are dealt with throughout. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for apologetics, this book is for you!