Sunday Afternoon Bookworm: How Do We Know the Bible is True? Vol. 1 (Ken Ham & Bodie Hodge, Editors)
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How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 is an apologetics book that seeks to equip Christians to defend the faith. Eighteen authors contribute twenty-eight chapters covering a broad variety of apologetics-related issues.
Core doctrines like the Trinity and the reliability of the Old and New Testaments are covered. These chapters are interspersed with focused, niche chapters.
The book is so diverse that a chapter on hermeneutics sits next to a chapter on the Da Vinci Code, and a chapter on the moral incoherence of evolution next to a chapter on polygamy! Many books must be read consecutively; perhaps this book is better not read consecutively! (It’s not that a consecutive reading is a strain; alternating between focused and broad topics offers pleasant changes of pace.)
Naturally, given the life-work of the editors, severak chapters focus on defending the Bible’s account of Creation. But with chapters on polygamy, the doctrine of the Trinity, the Da Vinci Code, Laminin, the perpetual virginity of Mary, and whether other religious writings can be from God, the book contains enough new material to commend its purchase to those who already own several of Ham’s previous Creation Science books.
In the chapter on “How Did We Get the Bible in English,” chapter author Herb Samworth accepts a number of the principles and assumptions of modern textual criticism; however, his treatment is more balanced than many, as he acknowledges an ongoing controversy over the critical text’s reliability.
How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 is a fascinating read, and highly recommended.
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