One Truth, Many Evidences
Courtesy of BreakPoint Online
with Charles Colson
In the first chapter of their new book, 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists, Ken Boa and Robert Bowman write, "We don't mean to discourage you from reading the rest of this book. But in the interest of full disclosure, we should tell you that, in a sense, there is only one good reason to believe that God exists: because it's true."
That statement is both profound and well expressed. Unfortunately, these days it's not the kind of statement you can make in public without having scorn heaped upon your head. As the authors jokingly point out, the popular viewpoint regarding truth is, "Anyone who believes that he is right and others are wrong is intolerant." Now that's self-contradictory on its face, but it's almost certain to be thrown at you if you assert a truth claim.
That's why Boa and Bowman have titled their book 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists—because they recognize that for any claim to truth to be taken seriously in today's culture, it needs solid evidence to back it up. As the authors write, "There are many such evidences, but they all have value because they help us see that the God of the Bible is real." In fewer than two hundred pages, they clearly and concisely examine some of today's most pervasive worldviews and their flaws. Then they present their case for God's existence and His revelation of Himself through Jesus Christ.
What kind of evidences are they talking about? There's an amazing variety. They don't state it right upfront, but they are organizing their "20 compelling evidences" in a way that takes readers through the doctrines of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration—the four basic elements of the Christian worldview that I set forth in How Now Shall We Live?
They start with evidence about the universe and the origins of life. And they talk, for example, about how finely our solar system and our planet had to be calibrated to support life. At "an extremely conservative estimate," they say, the probability of our planet being capable of sustaining us is about one in a billion. It had to be at just the right place in the solar system, which had to be at just the right place in the galaxy. Even the expansion of the universe had to happen at just the right rate in order for all of us to be here today.
From evidence about the universe, the authors move on to evidence of humanity's sinful nature; then evidence of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection; and finally, evidence of those who have lived and died for Christ. Examining concepts ranging from Greek philosophy to archeology to the Big Bang theory to postmodernism, the authors make a powerful case for the existence of a loving Creator.
In short, I highly recommend Boa and Bowman's book. They provide in a very readable form an excellent apologetic resource for Christians wondering how to defend their faith in a world that's "tolerant" of everything except Christianity.
Ken Boa is a great apologist—one of the most engaging and popular teachers in our Centurion's training program. Vvisit our BreakPoint.org for more information about 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists.
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