Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Loving God With All Your Mind: The Book List

I realized today that "way back when" I forgot to give the resources promised by "coming by separate post" in the following quote. Since I was scrambling for a post looking for something good to write about for the Christian Carnival - I thought I would pay this debt.

From Loving God With All Your Mind:

So, if you are one of those people who do not know whether they can really trust the Bible - then you need to deal with that first. Do not primarily read the Bible if you do not trust it. Carl has spent time in the Bible for 30 years preparing to teach others - and he has yet to find a mistake. There are a few things he cannot quite understand and a few things that are beyond him; but he has yet to find proof that the Bible is full of errors - that is just not true. So, for those that are not certain, this is where you need to do your work and engage your mind. If your faith is at the place where you just do not know if the Bible is true or not - that is where you need to focus. Carl has six books (or at least one) he would like you to read [coming by separate post]. If you approach it with an open mind, God will meet you there. He will establish the Bible as the word of God in your heart and your life; and then you will go forward with confidence.
Carl sent me this list within a couple of days of the sermon:
  1. Evidences That Demand A Verdict, by Josh McDowell
    • Volume 1 focuses on the Bible along with other evidences, and
    • Volume 2 goes into more detail on the reliability of the Bible, etc.
    He has updated these in recent years and written other similar books as well...

  2. The Origin Of The Bible, by several contributors, edited by Philip Comfort.
    "A comprehensive guide to: The authority and inspiration of the Bible; The canon of the Bible, The Bible as a literary text, The Bible text and manuscripts and Bible Translations...
  3. When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences, Norman Geisler and Ron Books
    Explores crucial questions people ask about God and the Bible - in a bunch of different topics...
  4. The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence For Jesus, Lee Strobel
    A more "popular" book - very highly recommended story of Strobel's journey from atheism to Christian...
    Strobel also recently wrote The Case For A Creator, which is his detailing of the scientific evidence that points toward God...

  5. When Critics Ask, A Popular Handbook On Bible Difficulties, Geisler and Howe

  6. A Skeptic's Search For God, Convincing Evidences for His Existence, Ralph Muncaster
Also, there is usually a section of books at the Christian bookstore on "apologetics" or "evidences" - that contain these books and some more recent titles....

Let me know if I can help further!


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