Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Review: How Do We Know the Bible is True? - Volume 1

Rating: Five out of five 

Difficulty: Easy to read and understand, layman's terms

Age Recommendation: Teens and adults

Often times, when Christians are approached and asked for "a reason for the hope" that they have, they often appeal to an authority other than the Bible to make their apologetic case, whether it be their experiences, their opinions, or external evidence. In fact, most apologetics books on the market today and most apologetics teachers claim that the Bible must be left out of the discussion about the Bible's trustworthiness! 

However, as Hebrews 6:13 states, "For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself." Thus, we too should hold nothing as authority over God and His infallible Word. So how do we really know that the Bible true?

How Do We Know the Bible is True? - Volume 1 edited by apologetics authors Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis, seeks to answer this question in a way which honors God by uplifting His Word as authority. Unlike most apologetics resources, this book utilizes a Bible-upholding method known as "presuppositional apologetics" which shows that the issue isn't about facts vs. religion or evidence vs. evidence, but about worldview vs. worldview, presuppositions vs. presuppositions (things we assume to be true as a starting point). How Do We Know the Bible is True answers one question per chapter which helps readers to understand how to "rightly divide the word of truth" in a variety of different topics, including inerrancy, Genesis, the Old and New Testaments, the resurrection, the Trinity, and many others.

All in all, this book is a wonderful resource for all Christians, pastors, and anyone who has questions and doubts about the trustworthiness of the Bible. The brevity of the chapters makes for easy reading on the go, and for giving "an answer to anyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you." (1 Peter 3:15) I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and am happy to have it in my library.        

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