Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World by Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, & Josh Chatraw is a delightful and insightful little book.
The book is written for an audience that has yet to, or has just encountered some academic arguments against the Christian faith, made popular by those like Bart Ehrman (the book’s favorite foil). With great quotes that are done in a way to avoid a straw man argument, the authors set up and then dismantle some common and popular assaults on the Christian faith one is sure to encounter in a secular or religious academic setting (or from some of your friends who just discovered these topics).
The authors did a great job of not just rehashing the same apologetics as can be found in other books (though there are of course overlaps of some of the same or similar arguments), but also added in fresh illustrations and logical thought patterns while they deconstructed the skeptical approach to the Bible and then built up a confidence for the Christian faith. Truth Matters did a good job of not only presenting academic material, but doing so in a way that had elements of humor so that the reader did not feel like they were digesting a dry text book.
I personally wish that the book had been published a few years ago when I was taking seminary classes because my NT and OT professors absolutely adored Ehrman and presented his arguments as though they were facts and anyone who held to the orthodox faith was simply ignorant. I watched all too many soon to be youth pastors and church leaders crumble and unhealthily and uncritically digest these newly discovered “truths”. If Truth Matters had been published a few years ago, I may have bought the book in bulk to give to my classmates.
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