Master Books has an amazing new book out! It’s called Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason: Refuting Alleged Bible Contradictions.
Now, a book like this would usually have my hubby hopping, and me shrinking away into a corner. I wasn’t actually even going to review it! But, the last 2 books I reviewed (10 Minute Bible Journey & Quick Answers to Tough Bible Questions) so good, I figured just taking a quick look wouldn’t hurt! And I’m glad I did.
I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe. However, I am a bit of an introvert so when faced with confrontation, I like to be either:
Confrontational people rarely like to afford this thinking time though. But after reading this book, I feel like I would be much more prepared to stand firm and be able to explain why their misconceptions are just that.
In the 10 page introduction, author Jason Lisle, does a great job of explaining what a contradiction actually is. His definitions are clear and to the point. I didn’t feel lost or overwhelmed trying to follow this discussion.
He then goes on to explain the common fallacies, or mistakes in reasoning, that lead to these misconceptions. I was really impressed with how well he could take a pretty in-depth subject and explain the ideas clearly with examples in only 1-2 paragraphs.
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The next chapter in the book refers back to the fallacies. (Trust me, by then end of this book you won’t have to refer back to them anymore!) There are many examples given where the bible seems to contradict itself due to differences in numbers.
The author goes on the explain how the numbers don’t contradict each other but actually make sense.
For example; a census of people taken at the start of a journey would vary in numbers from one taken at the end of the journey where over the course of time people have passed away and others have added to their families.
Have you ever stumbled across a scripture that lists one person and then another that seems to refer to the same person by a different name? One such place is the listings of the apostles in the gospels. Just to mention a few – there was Simon also known as Peter, James who was the son of Zebedee and his brother, John, and Simon the Canaanite also known as Zelotes.
There are many examples given to answer questions like: Where did Mary and Joseph live before Jesus was born? Who were the sons of Benjamin?
I found this section incredibly interesting to read because understanding the biblical timeline has always confounded me a little bit (especially with a bible that isn’t set up chronologically). It is also highly specific in each example. There are some great questions about whether things occurred before or after an event.
Were plants created before or after humans? Was Jesus crucified the day before or the day after the passover meal?
I find some of the questions provoke a lot of thought because I had never questioned them before. And others answered questions I had often wondered but never enough to find the answers.
This section of the book looks at events where more than one cause can be pinpointed. And again, the fallacies around misconceptions, as cause can be multifaceted. It can be hard to point at exactly which event caused another, but just because one was a key factor, doesn’t mean that the others weren’t also.
Was Abraham justified by faith or by works? Who cast Jonah into the sea? Who tempted David to number Israel.
The answers are short and concise. They are detailed and yet simple enough to follow along on topics that you may have done a lot of research on, or never even pondered before.
Of all the books in the bibles, the ones that are most often quoted for having differences in details, or disagreeing with each other, are the gospels. However, throughout the bible, when differences like these are seen, they are usually compatible differences as opposed to conflicting ones.
Where did Jesus first appear to the 11 disciples after the resurrection? Should every man bear his own burden?
A lot of the questions in this section were ones that I hadn’t ever felt conflicted about but learning even more about the differences in hebrew words and how they relate to context is fascinating.
The Yes or No section of the book covers the most important questions asked because these types of questions can’t be compatible differences. If the bible answer yes to a questions in one spot but then says no to the same question in another spot, then there would definitely be a contradiction.
Come and find out the truth about these questions: Is it wrong to commit adultery? Did Jesus baptize anyone? Is casting out devils the sign of a true Christian?
I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this book. I was fascinated by the answers that were given. And surprised by many of the questions asked about bible contradictions. I found that my understanding of events, times and people improved.
This book is written at a level that would best be suited for highschool students and adults. But, will also be useful for exploring with your preteens with parental guidance.
You could definitely read all the way through this book bit by bit and explore the different questions presented. Or, you could use it as a reference book time and time again when you come across these questions. Either way it is a wonderfully done book that I am happy to recommend to you.
Click here to grab your copy of Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason: Refuting Alleged Bible Contradictions at Christianbook.com, where it is set to be released October 2 / 2017!
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