You can dismiss the support request pop up for 4 weeks 28 days if you want to be reminded again. I am not a person who is in doubt about the divinity of Christ, but I am a person who is very intel Some disclaimers off the bat: -I am a practicing Christian -this review is about the text as a book, not as a piece of proselytization -there is an updated and revised edition of this text. I think your snopes comment is not a detraction but a support of the idea that legends take time to develop. I read this book about a year after becoming a Christian. Me as theist I actually like the story about Jesus. Had Jesus been lying, I believe that near the end he would have admitted it to try to get himself out of that terrible destiny. In that case, with every respect for the efforts of the persons thus hampered to attain and expound the truth, I think men of common sense would go elsewhere to learn astronomy.
Apparently Saul had an experience where he saw a light and heard a voice, and that helped convince him that Christianity was true after all. The virgin will conceive a child! Because of the segregation in housing, schools are also segregated and African Americans do not receive the same education that whites do. Researching that was actually one of the first major steps on my path to leaving Christianity. But ask yourself, how difficult would it have been for the Gospel writers to tell the story of Jesus' life so as to make it conform to Old Testament prophecy? I had a great chemistry in high school who made his subject immensely interesting. The biggest problem is that people ignore whether or not Jesus was a myth. Wasn't Hitler consistant with his worldview, values and beliefs?? Also for me the gospels are not that inconsistent as you like to tell.
In chapter two McDowell talks about the many different reasons that Jesus causes people to become irritated and fell uncomfortable when His name is mentioned in casual conversations. Everyone has their own different ideas of what it should be but none are necessarily the truth. Is his point that we should question whether or not Caesar actually conquered Gaul? Texts like Josephus Flavius and Tacitus and 1800 years of nobody questioning the credibility of this text are for me strong arguments that the whole story took place. The just and righteous nature of God was satisfied. But not everyone will be open to it.
The legend of Robin Hood contains all those same historical details. His upbringing in the last chapter is interesting psychologically and may be indicative to what was really going on in him with the catharsis he experienced between his dad and his sexual abuser. Can't he just be a good, moral teacher? This is a great apologetic. The main point of the earlier talk seemed to be the statistical improbability of Jesus not being God. I think your using only a few forms of evidence and and trying to apply it to the entire Bible, while ignoring some other forms of logical thinking and perspective. But without such an argument, the main premise of this chapter falls flat rather quickly.
You have a scientific bent, similar to me. A friend who believes that I need to be saved handed me this book telling me that it helped him with his struggles. But even his description of the group seems strange. McDowell only spent one chapter Chapter 6 trying to make a case for the Gospels being reliable, and didn't really succeed. You can follow along in the series, if you're interested.
It's just part of a well rounded education to be familiar with a book that has had so much influence on society. Yet I don't think anybody would consider the modern day Robin Hood legend based on anything more than kernels of truth from the past. When he took on this project more than 30 years ago, he did so with the idea of refuting Christianity. Because, it would be harder for Jews to be convinced on the identity of Jesus. We would not consider someone who teaches false information a good teacher.
Finally, regarding Biblical literacy, I kind of agree with you in that I wish more people were familiar with what was in the Bible. In a chapter on the importance of Paul's visions, you'd think McDowell could have addressed the contradictions. Josh argues why Jesus could not have been a liar or lunatic, leaving only one explanation; Jesus was who he said he was. Belief is not just about choice, at least not if you're being honest with yourself. In fact, Jesus seems at his most composed when being challenged. When news of the resurrection came the disciples were still reluctant to believe.
More Than A Carpenter, by Josh McDowell, is a great little book for evangelism. Today, I am very proud of it. There is no way around it. In this book, Josh presents a series of facts of Jesus and tries to uncover the truth. كما يشير الكاتب الى ان الله جل جلاله تجسد في هيئة انسان لأجل ان يضحي للبشرية بنفسه ليعلمهم المسيحية. My friend, knowing my interests, offered to loan me the books, and I, being the glutton for punishment that I am, took them.