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The authors tackle 65 of the most-asked questions about the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, miracles, other religions, and Creation in a question-and-answer format.


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The authors tackle 65 of the most-asked questions about the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, miracles, other religions, and Creation in a question-and-answer format.

30 review for Answers to Tough Questions Skeptics Ask About the Christian Faith

  1. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    This is pretty much standard fare. I always enjoy these books, mainly to re-enforce and learn new ways to express old truths. Josh McDowell has always caught my attention with his writings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jason Sta. Maria

    This book really refreshed my faith. I used to have a bunch of questions regarding Christ and the Bible. The author specifically answer all of those tough questions regarding Jesus Christ and the Bible. It makes me feel good after reading this book and learned a lot of things. Thanks to Josh McDowell!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    This was refreshing. Some sections were better than others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Phillips

    This book is quite dated being wrote over thirty years ago. Regardless the way he addresses the issues is blatantly illogical. The author assumes the Bible is infallible, and answers questions based on that premise. Therefore you get very poor explanations consistently ending in circular logic proofs. For example the author specifically touches on the fact that do Christians use circular logic? He explains correctly what circular logic is, and following that completely contradicts his original s This book is quite dated being wrote over thirty years ago. Regardless the way he addresses the issues is blatantly illogical. The author assumes the Bible is infallible, and answers questions based on that premise. Therefore you get very poor explanations consistently ending in circular logic proofs. For example the author specifically touches on the fact that do Christians use circular logic? He explains correctly what circular logic is, and following that completely contradicts his original statement by using the Bible as reasoning that he isn't using circular logic. The whole premise is utterly absurd, and the book is overwhelmingly littered with these types of questions and weak answers. Definitely not a book I'd recommend for Christians or atheists as it does an unfortunate disservice to anyone, and discourages critical thinking.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Schofield

    My father had me read this book because there were a few questions I had been wondering that this book had answers too. While I did enjoy this book, and I found answers to a lot of questions I was asking, and some to questions I wasn't. I did find though, that with some questions it did seem to skirt around the answer and never fully answered and for that, I found it quite dissatisfying, but for most of them, I found the answer that I was searching for. I recommend this book, not just for Christ My father had me read this book because there were a few questions I had been wondering that this book had answers too. While I did enjoy this book, and I found answers to a lot of questions I was asking, and some to questions I wasn't. I did find though, that with some questions it did seem to skirt around the answer and never fully answered and for that, I found it quite dissatisfying, but for most of them, I found the answer that I was searching for. I recommend this book, not just for Christians who are struggling but also for non-Christians who are asking questions that no one seems to want to answer. This is the book for you. I recommend, but be ready to do some more searching for some questions. 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marlon

    Muchas de las preguntas se me hacían como si un niño de 8 años las preguntara, en general una buena forma para entender el cristianismo.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karina Heng

    Read this as a young person. Helped answer my questions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    hemlet kiai

    enlightening

  9. 4 out of 5

    Celine Robinson

    A great book with analytical and biblical answers to many questions that skeptics may have about Christian faith.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rick Davis

    I read this one back in high school. I think I liked it a lot at the time, but I don't remember much from it, so it must not have made a big impression. I read this one back in high school. I think I liked it a lot at the time, but I don't remember much from it, so it must not have made a big impression.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin Rose

    This book answers some legitimate questions about the Christian faith. Despite their brevity, the answers McDowell gives are sufficiently thorough for the most part. Although Answers uses a scientific/literary approach to answer questions, it does swerve off its intended course to make a political promotion of Zionism. I noticed three times that this happens: 1. McDowell answers three questions about Islam, covering seven disparaging pages, concluding that is Islam is not compatible with Christian This book answers some legitimate questions about the Christian faith. Despite their brevity, the answers McDowell gives are sufficiently thorough for the most part. Although Answers uses a scientific/literary approach to answer questions, it does swerve off its intended course to make a political promotion of Zionism. I noticed three times that this happens: 1. McDowell answers three questions about Islam, covering seven disparaging pages, concluding that is Islam is not compatible with Christianity. While this statement is true, no such claim is made about Judaism. Instead Judaism is treated with kid gloves. 2. McDowell demonstrates this in a blaring self-contradiction. On page 18 he states, “From beginning to end, there’s one unfolding story of God’s plan of salvation for mankind. This salvation is through the person of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Jesus Himself testified that He was the theme of the entire Bible.” However, page 112 says, “the Jews believe in the Old Testament and the Christians put their faith in both the Old and New Testaments”. According to page 18, if Jews really do believe the Old Testament, then they will really believe that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah). 3. McDowell gives an artificial answer to the artificial question: “Why is the existence of the Jewish people objective evidence that the Bible is true?” (pages 39-43). An objective analysis demonstrates that the nature and function of the modern state of Israel has no prophetic part of Biblical prophecy; that its measurement against the rule of Biblical prophecy comes up short; and that there is no observable evidence of prophetic fulfillment in the modern state of Israel. The people of God is rooted in faith, not in appellation, statehood, or genetic code. While such a distraction may have created more sales among the mass 20th century book market of dispensationalists, such a regression takes away from the validity of this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deborah-Ruth

    Answers to Tough Questions about the Christian Faith is a short, simple, apologetic aid providing insight to some of the most common questions sceptics pose about Christianity in a question and answer format. Generally the book was well written, well researched, and well reasoned; however, I did have a few issues with the text itself. Firstly, while I thought the Scripture passages used were relevant to the topics, I do not see much of a benefit quoting almost solely from the King James Bible. W Answers to Tough Questions about the Christian Faith is a short, simple, apologetic aid providing insight to some of the most common questions sceptics pose about Christianity in a question and answer format. Generally the book was well written, well researched, and well reasoned; however, I did have a few issues with the text itself. Firstly, while I thought the Scripture passages used were relevant to the topics, I do not see much of a benefit quoting almost solely from the King James Bible. While I do know that certain conservative denominations only use the KJV, most Biblical scholars readily admit that other translations are better (because at the time the KJV was written we did not have as many original language resources at our disposal). On a more practical level, I cannot see myself telling a modern day secular person to read the KJV because this likely would trip them up and seem foreign to them. I think it would have been much better to use a well-researched modern day translation such as the NSAB, NIV, or ESV. Secondly, there were a few historical and theological inaccuracies in what was shared. Nothing too major... but anyone who studied theology could probably pick up on them. Finally, I thought the last chapter dragged on too much. For the most part the book provided a good balance between practical and deeply theological concepts and I would not hesitate to give it to a non-Christian friend or to use it for my own defence of the Gospel. The book accurately portrayed the deepest and most frequent questions Christians are asked, however the mode and method were a little dated.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Patrick

    I really, really wish Josh McDowell would have written this book to try to convince everyone why Christianity is right instead of just those who already believe it. His arguments are simply ridiculous, and many of them include the assumption that you believe certain things, like that the Bible is the Word of God or that people would all by psycho killers is God hadn't given us morals. There is maybe 10% of the book that was slightly interesting to me as an atheist. If you're an atheist and are lo I really, really wish Josh McDowell would have written this book to try to convince everyone why Christianity is right instead of just those who already believe it. His arguments are simply ridiculous, and many of them include the assumption that you believe certain things, like that the Bible is the Word of God or that people would all by psycho killers is God hadn't given us morals. There is maybe 10% of the book that was slightly interesting to me as an atheist. If you're an atheist and are looking for an intelligent Christian to argue his side, don't look here. I recommend the book God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist (Point/Counterpoint Series (Oxford, England).), instead. William Lane Craig is an intelligent man who offers logical, scientific reasoning for many of his arguments. While I still disagree with him, at least he makes me think, and at least he's not preaching to the choir.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam Calvert

    A bit dated, but not bad. The first main eight sections were really interesting to read; but the last two were pretty long and drawn out, and not very readable. This book provides some good evidential answers to Christianity, which can certainly be beneficial in edifying a believer's faith. They can also be helpful for an unbeliever-yet-to-be-regenerated who is seeking evidence in support of Christianity (although that's a rare find). This is not an apologetic book from a presuppositional viewpoin A bit dated, but not bad. The first main eight sections were really interesting to read; but the last two were pretty long and drawn out, and not very readable. This book provides some good evidential answers to Christianity, which can certainly be beneficial in edifying a believer's faith. They can also be helpful for an unbeliever-yet-to-be-regenerated who is seeking evidence in support of Christianity (although that's a rare find). This is not an apologetic book from a presuppositional viewpoint. But like so many others, I really do appreciate Josh McDowell's research and synthesis of the evidences. While this book was interesting and had some neat insights, if you're a believer seeking how to defend the faith from a Biblical standpoint, I'd recommend 'Always Ready' by Greg Bahnsen and 'Every Thought Captive' by Richard Pratt to be much more helpful and effective.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bess

    This is a great book, to not only throughly read through, but also to use as a go to handy reference guide when we are faced with all too common, yet often perplexing questions Christians are commonly presented with when defending the Truth of the Gospel. It addresses many topics l have not always known how to explain and gave me a greater sense of how to verbally express to others why l believe what l do. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to both understand why he or she may believe what This is a great book, to not only throughly read through, but also to use as a go to handy reference guide when we are faced with all too common, yet often perplexing questions Christians are commonly presented with when defending the Truth of the Gospel. It addresses many topics l have not always known how to explain and gave me a greater sense of how to verbally express to others why l believe what l do. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to both understand why he or she may believe what they do,as well as be able to more effectively convey to others the truth of God’s Word.

  16. 5 out of 5

    RA Ratterman

    Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs. Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shaidornell Swer

    A handy handbook and a reference book that every Christian must have. Josh Mcdowell has done it again!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brock

    1.1 - Bible Q&A

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    Wow! I got this book from Aileen's dad. It goes through so many questions on faith. Many of which I have already asked not only myself, but others as well. Wow! I got this book from Aileen's dad. It goes through so many questions on faith. Many of which I have already asked not only myself, but others as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eleisha Luck

    I just got it today and its intresting

  21. 4 out of 5

    Terry Morgan

    I really liked this book. The only area of real disagreement would be the whole section on the Shroud of Turin. I don't know that I agree with his conclusions. I really liked this book. The only area of real disagreement would be the whole section on the Shroud of Turin. I don't know that I agree with his conclusions.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ben Clay

    Some good brief answers. Ultimately needed to be a longer book so they could give more detailed answers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Pal

    awesome book! You learn a lot and learn how to answer others' questions about God. It gets scientific, but it is easy enough to understand. awesome book! You learn a lot and learn how to answer others' questions about God. It gets scientific, but it is easy enough to understand.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sean McGowan

    Pretty good. Some answers were better than others.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Weng

  26. 5 out of 5

    E.D.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Scott L.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sam Evans

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

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