Saturday, March 16, 2013

Reasons for Belief by Norman L. Geisler & Patty Tunnicliffe

This week I was able to review "Reasons for Belief: Easy-to-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions" by Norman L. Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe. It answers many of the common questions of why Christianity is the one true way to God, and takes a first-hand look into the life of Jesus.



The first subject we look at in this book is truth, and the fact that there is only one true way to get to heaven. Too many people believe that  "all religions lead to God" or "all religions are true" but this book provides Scientific evidence of why this is not possible. It also lists definitions of different beliefs such as Pantheism, Theism, Deism and Atheism, and compares the four. Obviously not all of these beliefs can be true. To say one is true would automatically mean one of the others is false since they contradict each other.

Some of the other topics covered in this book are: "Is Jesus God?", "How do we know God exists?", "Are the New Testament documents close enough to the recorded events to be reliable?" And that's just naming a few!

I agree with the title in saying that this book is easy to understand. While I did enjoy reading it, I would probably recommend it for a younger audience such as Middle School or High School age kids. The authors did an excellent job of explaining all concepts and truths, but they put quite a bit of emphasis on repeating the concepts. I can see where this would be extremely beneficial for younger readers, especially in a Homeschooling, Sunday School or Youth Group setting.

Regardless, I think this book is an excellent tool in helping people understand why we believe what we believe. Evidence is backed up with Bible verses and extensive research. The only way I think this book could have been improved would be to have included more information about Creation and the Scientific aspects of what we as Christians believe. I would rate this book as 4 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House to give my honest unbiased opinion.

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