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But there is a big flaw. They didn't include at the beginning of the book, a list of the verses being dealt with.
I had to create the list myself. It is the only way, if one wants to quickly glance at a specific verse.
In my view, that was a big oversight, but the book is a good one.
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Opponents of Christianity will cite what they consider a Bible contradiction or difficulty by comparing one verse to another (or more) that seems to disagree with the first. In doing this, several verses are often references as being contradictory or problematic. In Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Exploring Forty Alleged Contradictions Editors Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge and Tim Chaffey seek to deal with forty supposed contradictions in the Scriptures. In issues ranging from plants, Eve's certificate, animal sacrifices and marriage the authors seek to deal with what the Bible teaches on its own merits.
This book was written to answer the challenge of the critics who seek to disprove the Bible. This book takes up the critics' challenge, taking on some of the most difficult issues in order to help strengthen the faith of individual believers and the Church. When the Bible is criticized it is most often done so by those who believe the Bible is full of myths and mistakes, or who have abandoned the faith, not understanding there wasn't an error at all.
The goal of the attacks by non-Christians is in the end to get Christians to "give up the battle" (page 9). The authors rightly note that engaging others means "respecting and being gentle with the same grace the Lord showed to us, while being fierce toward the false philosophy that has taken him or her captive" (page 10).
The authors explain that, "Many believers are used to attacking Christianity, but they are rarely required to defend their own worldview. By questioning them about it, we help them realize their own professed worldview falls tremendously short" (page 12). Critics who point out the supposed contradictions in the Bible are engaging in nothing more than a smoke screen to keep people distracted from the real issue--the contradictions in the humanistic worldview. Not only are these people blinded by the truth of God's Word, but they also have a tendency to be blinded to the contradictions of their own worldview. Scripture refers to such people as those "whose mind the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe" (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Evangelical Christians affirm the inspiration, inerrancy, authority and sufficiency of Scripture. The Word of God provides Christians individually and the church corporately a solid foundation (Matt. 7:24-27) rooted in the truth. The Truth of God's Word is absolute and provides the foundation for the preaching and teaching ministry of the Church and helps Christians individually make sense of logic, morals, ethic, sin, and more.
The Bible is perfect and relevant in all areas of life (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:3). We are sinful, imperfect beings (Romans 3:23). Rather than assuming the Bible is wrong or has contradictions, Christians need with further study of Scripture, guidance from the Holy Spirit, accountability from other Christians (not to mention being under godly teaching in our local churches) and a desire to uncover the truth of God's Word, to have a humble posture toward the Word of God that will help them learn the truth of God's Word.
As Christians we have complete confidence in the Author of His Word. Since God is the ultimate author of Scripture, we can be sure that he will not contradict Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). The Bible demonstrates its own truthfulness in the fact hundreds of details prophecies have been fulfilled perfectly, and thousands of archaeological sites have been found precisely where the Bible described them. Just as skeptics once questioned the existence of many of the places in the Bible, the more one digs into the Word, solutions can be found to the supposed contradictions.
The sad thing is that humanists rather than being honest will try to do intellectual gymnastics to jump over the Bible or come to it to impose their beliefs upon it in an attempt to reconcile, explain or make sense of contradictions in their own worldview. Reading Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Exploring Forty Alleged Contradictions Edited by Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge and Tim Chaffey will help Christians to understand why skeptics argue as they do and how to offer a response to their objections. I recommend you read Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions to learn how to contend and defend the Truth of the Scripture.
Title: Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Volume 2 (Demolishing Contradictions)
Authors: Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge and Tim Chaffey
Publisher: Master Books (2012)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Master Books book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The book is broken up into distinct sections (Genesis, Exodus-Deuteronomy, etc.), each with a group of supposed contradictions in that section. What the book does it does well. My biggest concern with the book is that it is very brief. At only 174 pages it can't deal with many contradictions (which is, I suppose, why it is a volume 2). It can easily be read over a weekend, possibly multiple times if you wish. That's not to say it's a bad book or doesn't have its purpose. If I wanted to do some reading on this subject while on a plane ride, this would be a good choice. It would also be a good choice to introduce someone to the subject without overwhelming them with a large book on the subject.
I know a lot of people who aren't as interested in apologetics. This would be a book I would buy them to introduce them to the concept. It is easy to read, and like I said, not ponderous in its volume.
This is where I'm supposed to tell you that Master Books sent me this copy for free for the purposes of this review and it hasn't affected my review. It hasn't. I did enjoy this book.
While there are many angels the attacks have come from, one of the most common is the assertion that within Scripture itself there are numerous contradictions in every book of the Bible. The accusation is that while Scripture may affirm one thing to be true in one place, it affirms something contradictory in another place. Thus, skeptics see these as clear contradictions and therefore question the trustworthiness of God and his word.
In seeking to respond to these accusations, Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, Tim Chaffey and others have produced Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Vol. 2. This work follows what Ken Ham did in Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Vol. 1 but has utilized the help of others in answering the questions. While the word "demolishing" in the title may seem to go over board in both approach and actual delivery, the aim of the book is to provide clear, biblical and thoughtful answers to the 40 supposed Bible contradictions addressed in the book.
In the introduction, Bodie Hodge and David Wright contend that Christians do not need to be constantly on the defensive when it comes to answering the accusations of those who believe Scripture is fraught with contradictions. Rather, the Christian should turn the tables on the skeptic and, in light of the internal and external biblical evidence, ask them to defend their position that the text of Scripture has contradictions. Thus, as the intro title states, a good defense of a good offense. Also, it is good and right for the believer to ask questions of the skeptic in regards to their own religious and worldview beliefs.
Most of the questions in the book are answered within 2-4 pages. The supposed contradiction/problem is stated, the answer/solution is given and the chapter is concluded. The answers are clear and the text of Scripture is given the highest respect in regards to its inerrancy. Most of the answers are helpful though some may not be fully convinced of the particular answers given and may want to study further for more satisfactory answers.
Some of the supposed contradictions would not only be asked by biblical skeptics. In other words, if every Christian is honest about their reading of Scripture, they have and will come across passages of Scripture that seem to contradict each other. This does not mean the Christian believes there actually is a contradiction. Rather, because God inspired over 40 human authors across 1,500 years, each writer, in their time in history or context, may be looking at the same event from a different angle. Every honest reader of the text will struggle with reconciling certain passages with others. At the end of the day, though we may struggle to interpret certain passages of Scripture, we trust in the character of God that he has truthfully inspired the authors of Scripture in what they have written. God's word can be trusted, its content can be harmonized and its message is unified.
Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Vol. 2 will serve as an introduction and quick reference guide for sorting out supposed Bible contradictions. This book would serve school age children well as an easy to understand guide that is not technical or academic as well as new believers. Laymen will also find this book helpful in their own study and in answering the challenges of unbelievers to the text of Scripture.
NOTE: I received this book for free from Master Books in return for a review and was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.
Many times, Christians are stopped cold in their attempts to share the biblical message when someone accuses the Bible of containing contradictions. The Christian must be prepared to defend the Word of God against such attacks. This book is a helpful addition in this regard.
Being able to confront these so-called contradictions is a necessary preparation for the believer for two important reasons:
First, the believer who is prepared to give good answers to supposed Bible contradictions will be much more successful in breaking down the barriers that inhibit unbelievers coming to saving faith. We know that it is the Holy Spirit who convicts the heart, but it is our duty to be prepared to be used by God to aid in that conviction. We are to be ready with a defense for why we believe what we believe (I Peter 3:15).
Second, knowing that good answers exist for any question a skeptic might bring up gives the Christian more confidence in his faith and in his God. The Bible is the Word of God and it is Truth. There are no mistakes in truth. If there appears to be a contradiction in the Bible, it is due to our not fully understanding all the issues involved. Through prayer, Bible study, and helpful resources such as this book, seeming contradictions will disappear.
This volume, and its companion Volume 1, helps to prepare the believer to face the skeptic's questions. It helps acquaint the Christian with some issues that might come up in witnessing situations. Many skeptics cling to their autonomy voraciously. Many will attack the Bible, and the Christian's faith, violently. The believer must be ready for that attack.
This book helps the believer prepare a defense for some of the arguments that skeptics are liable to sling his or her way. This builds the believer's faith and stops the skeptic's argument at the same time. It makes the Christian a better prepared representative of Jesus Christ.
Christians will not be able to convince everyone we speak to of the veracity of the Word of God. However, with books like these to help us prepare our arguments, and the Holy Spirit's power working in our hearts and the skeptic's heart, we will be much more effective for the Kingdom of God.
Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume 2, and all of the books from Master Book publishers, is a helpful addition to any Christian's library.
[I received a copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.]
That is exactly what this book is intended for, working out those interpretations and bringing them into the light through additional passage references, looking at the times during when they were written, and taking into account translation from the original Word.
40 supposed contradictions from Genesis through Revelation. Each one given a problem statement, or verses that allegedly contradict one another. Then offers a solution for the reader to demolish this contradiction, and then a conclusion for the reader to take the knowledge and utilize it when confronted.
Many of these I have seen scattered around the Creation Museum on signs as you walk through the Bible. I remember reading them then and thinking they were a great treasure to remember. Being of little memory, I of course didn't retain them from that and was so glad to see them written in this second volume of Demolishing Strongholds.
This is a book to read through, and get an understanding of the scriptures that those questioning the faith may present to you as contradicting. It is an excellent reference to hang on to when those times present themselves and you may or may not as in my limited memory be able to give a solid reason why. I can always say, hold on.. I have a book on that!!
From a homeschool Mom standpoint I think this would be a wonderful book for the teens to read and reference as well. They will come up against many of these once the leave the nest and need to take their biblical worldview out into the world. Perfect guide for young graduates to take with them as well. I am thankful for the editors and researchers who commit time to bringing these contradictions under scrutiny and glorifying God.