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Review: Truth in a Culture of Doubt, Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible by Andreas J. Kostenberger, Darrell L. Bock, and Josh D. Chatraw

Publisher: B and H Publishing ebook available August 11, paperback available September 1, 2014.
Genre: Non-fiction, Apologetic, Bible Criticism, knowing what you believe about the Bible.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

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Biblical Foundations, this is a link for Andreas J. Kostenberger.
Darrell L. Bock, a bio and info on him.
Josh D. Chatraw, a short bio.

Summary:
Truth in a Culture of Doubt is: "Written for all serious students of Scripture, this book will enable readers to respond to a wide variety of arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity." Back cover. 
The writing team of Andreas J. Kostenberger, Darrell L. Bock, and Josh D. Chatraw, has written Truth in a Culture of Doubt, in response to Bart D. Ehrman's work to discredit the Bible, Christianity, and Jesus Christ.
In five chapters covering a wide sphere of arguments that Ehrman has raised in his speeches and "best-seller" books, the writing team of Truth in a Culture of Doubt, addresses each argument in penetrating theology and Bible knowledge.
Without argument, nor acerbic slander, the veil is removed from Ehrman's carefully crafted ambition to tarnish the image of Christ.
Bart D. Ehrman Ph.D., states on his website he is a "historian and not a believer." Yet, people have been "taken-in" by his heresy, because they do not read nor understand the Bible. They've allowed other people, such as Ehrman to tell them what the Bible is really all about, or that Jesus is not really who we think he is, nor what the disciples thought he was. The Gospel message has all been a sad fairy tale.
"We haven't written this book to convince Bart Ehrman or other skeptical scholars of our views. Ehrman, we trust, knows most of the information we set forth in these pages and has chosen to follow his own line of reasoning due to a variety of factors. Instead, we are writing for those of you who have encountered Ehrman's arguments (or others like them) and need to better understand the other side of the argument." Page 11. 
The five chapters are:
1. "Is God Immoral Because He Allows Suffering?"
2. "Is the Bible Full of Irresolvable Contradictions?"
3. "Are the Biblical Manuscripts Corrupt?"
4. "Were There Many Christianities?"
5. "Are Many New Testament Documents Forged?"

My Thoughts:
Suffering is one of the reasons many Christians walk away from God. They cannot understand how a loving God allows suffering. The first chapter in Truth in a Culture of Doubt address this argument first. Rare, does a person who is remarking on suffering in the world, bring in God's plan for suffering. God sent His Son Jesus to be the atoning sacrifice for our sin, in order that we have a way out of an eternal existence of suffering. The life in the flesh is not all there is, it is only a whisper, a fleck, in the span of the universe. Jesus not only identifies with us because He lived in the flesh on earth, but he took on our sin while on the cross in order that we will have eternal life in Him.
"Despite these intuitions that point to something greater, Ehrman ultimately says that if the God of the Bible did exist, he would be responsible for the evil in the world. Instead, the Bible says that suffering entered the world because God's creatures rebelled. Despite this rebellion God entered into his creation to remind his creatures that he not only cares enough to suffer with us, but he also cares enough to establish a plan to make this world right again." Page 30-31.  
A favorite area of the book for me is on Peter. From chapter five, exploring Peter the "uneducated, common men." The quote is from Acts 4:13.
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus." ESV.
Truth in a Culture of Doubt, expounds on the question of Peter's intellectual qualities, fishermen and what Scripture has showed us about Peter. For example: Fishermen were business men, it was necessary for them to be able to read and write (signing their name, or other business dealings such as a tax collector), or a scribe was used, but still some literate knowledge was necessary. Ehrman has taught that Peter was an "illiterate peasant." Further, reading Peter's speech in Acts 3 and 4, Peter spoke with boldness, clarity, and knowledge." In defining the word "uneducated" it means lacking "formal education."
Throughout the book I kept wondering why Ehrman pushes against Christianity so much. What is he running from? Why is he rebelling? With the same dogmatic fundamentalist background he came from, he has the same gusto in seeking to tarnish Christ's name. Because this is the real fight he has, with Jesus Christ. What he fails to see because of the thick veil from Satan, is there will come a day when Ehrman will give an account for his life. I'm praying for him, and this is not a flippant statement, I am praying for him.



4 YouTube videos with Darrell L. Bock explaining the book.








Bible links from Bible Gateway. 

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