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Evidence for God 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science

There have always been challenges to belief in God as he is revealed in the Bible and each new year seems to add more questions to the doubter’s arsenal. In Evidence for God, leading apologists provide compelling arguments that address the most pressing questions of the day about God, science, Jesus, the Bible, and more, including: Is Intelligent Design really a credible explanation of the origins of our world? Did Jesus really exist? Is Jesus really the only way to God? What about those who have never heard the gospel? Is the Bible today what was originally written? What about recently publicized gospels that aren’t in the Bible? and much more. ~ Publisher’s Description

Table of Contents

    • Introduction   11
  • Section One: The Question of Philosophy
    • 1. The Cosmological Argument — David Beck   15
    • 2. The Moral Argument for God’s Existence — Paul Copan   20
    • 3. Near Death Experiences: Evidence for an Afterlife? — Gary R. Habermas   24
    • 4. Naturalism: A Worldview —  L. Russ Bush III   28
    • 5. Suffering for What? —  Bruce A. Little   32
    • 6. Responding to the Argument from Evil: Three Approaches for the Theist — David Wood   36
    • 7. God, Suffering, and Santa Claus: An Examination of the Explanatory Power of Theism and Atheism — David Wood   43
  • Section Two: The Question of Science
    • 8. Creator and Sustainer: God’s Essential Role in the Universe — Robert Kaita   51
    • 9. The Pale Blue Dot Revisited — Jay W. Richards and Guillermo Gonzalez   55
    • 10. Oxygen, Water, and Light, Oh My! The Toxicity of Life’s Basic Necessities —  Joe W. Francis   59
    • 11. The Origin of Life —  Walter Bradley   64
    • 12. What Every High School Student Should Know about Science — Michael Newton Keas   68
    • 13. Darwin’s Battleship: Status Report on the Leaks This Ship Has Sprung — Phillip E. Johnson   73
    • 14. Debunking the Scopes “Monkey Trial” Stereotype — Edward Sisson   76
    • 15. How Darwinism Dumbs Us Down: Evolution and Postmodernism —  Nancy Pearcey   81
    • 16. Limits to Evolvability — Ray Bohlin   86
    • 17. Evolutionary Computation: A Perpetual Motion Machine for Design Information? — Robert J. Marks II   91
    • 18. Science, Eugenics, and Bioethics — Richard Weikart   97
    • 19. Designed for Discovery — Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards   101
    • 20. Intelligent Design: A Brief Introduction — William A. Dembski   104
    • 21. Intelligent, Optimal, and Divine Design — Richard Spencer   108
    • 22. Molecular Biology’s New Paradigm: Nanoengineering Inside the Cell — Bill Wilberforce   111
    • 23. Panning God: Darwinism’s Defective Argument against Bad Design — Jonathan Witt   115
    • 24. The Role of Agency in Science — Angus Menuge   120
    • 25. The Scientific Status of Design Inferences — Bruce L. Gordon   125
    • 26. The Vise Strategy: Squeezing the Truth Out of Darwinists — William A. Dembski   131
  • Section Three: The Question of Jesus
    • 27. Did Jesus Really Exist? — Paul L. Maier   143
    • 28. The Credibility of Jesus’s Miracles — Craig L. Blomberg   147
    • 29. The Son of Man — Darrell Bock   151
    • 30. The Son of God — Ben Witherington III   154
    • 31. Jesus as God — Ben Witherington III   157
    • 32. Did Jesus Predict His Violent Death and Resurrection? — Craig A. Evans   160
    • 33. Can We Be Certain That jesus Died on a Cross? A Look at the Ancient Practice of Crucifixion — Michael R. Licona   164
    • 34. The Empty Tomb of Jesus — Gary R. Habermas   168
    • 35. The Resurrection Appearances of Jesus — Gary R. Habermas   172
    • 36. Were the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Hallucinations? — Michael R. Licona   176
    • 37. The Trinity — Bill Gordon   179
    • 38. Is Jesus Superior to All Other Religious Leaders? — Tal Davis   184
    • 39. Is Jesus the Only Way? — Michael R. Licona   190
    • 40. What About Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel? — Michael R. Licona   196
    • 41. Did Paul Invent Christianity? — Ben Witherington III   200
  • Section Four: The Question of the Bible
    • 42. Is the Bible Today What Was Originally Written? — Andreas J. Köstenberger   207
    • 43. Inerrancy and the Text of the New Testament: Assessing the Logic of the Agnostic View — Daniel B. Wallace   211
    • 44. Why All the Translations? — Denny Bark   220
    • 45. Archaeology and the Bible: How Archaeological Findings Have Enhanced the Credibility of the Bible — John McRay   224
    • 46. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels — Craig L. Blomberg   229
    • 47. The New Testament Canon — Craig L. Blomberg   234
    • 48. What Should We Think About the Coptic Gospel of Thomas? — Craig L. Blomberg   238
    • 49. What Should We Think About the Gospel of Peter? — Charles L. Quarles   242
    • 50. What Should We Think About the Gospel of Judas? —Craig A. Evans   247