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The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict

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Evidence I & II -The classic defense of the faith: Now fully updated to answer the questions challenging evangelical faith today.

The New Evidence maintains its classic defense of the faith yet addresses new issues.

The New Evidence is destined to equip believers with a ready defense for the next decade and beyond
Hardcover, Revised Edition: Two Volumes in One, 760 pages
Published October 20th 1999 by Thomas Nelson (first published 1972)
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David L The body of Jesus of Nazareth, if he existed at all, will probably never be found. After two thousand years it is unlikely anyone's body could be posi…moreThe body of Jesus of Nazareth, if he existed at all, will probably never be found. After two thousand years it is unlikely anyone's body could be positively identified. The closest thing coming to that happened in 2002 when an ossuary found in the Holy Land was identified as that belonging to James, the brother of Jesus and the son of Joseph. As far as 500 people witnessing the risen Jesus, it should be noted that this report is hearsay. We don't have anyone from that group of 500 recording the event. Christians often claim that there is no such thing as group hallucinations on the scale of 500 people hallucinating the same event. However, the miracle of the dancing sun was witnessed by thousands of people in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. Of course we know better today that such a thing could not have happened but the bottom line is thousands testified at the time they actually witnessed the same miracle. There is meager evidence the apostles died for their belief in Jesus. The accounts of the apostles' martyrdoms come from murky tradition. The accounts contradict in some cases. Matthew, for example, had five different traditions of his manner of death. Also, the "fulfillment of 300 prophecies" is simply false. Christians like to claim that the odds of Jesus of fulfilling 300 or more prophecies are tremendously high (impossibly high) yet they act surprised when skeptics are skeptical of that improbable claim.
C. Gordon Really?? All those fulfilled prophesy and you still do not believe? The more I study the Word, the more I believe. When God says something will happen…moreReally?? All those fulfilled prophesy and you still do not believe? The more I study the Word, the more I believe. When God says something will happen sometimes hundreds of years before, it happens. Someone who does not dig and look into it on a long term basis probably will want to deny it because it does take study. Anything in life that is worthwhile does take perseverence. (less)

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Mar 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not proven.

And I really got tired of him constantly referring to Christian apologists as "the famous such-and-such". If they're all so famous, how come I've never heard of them?
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the rational, the logical, the remotely interested in determining if Christianity is true
Recommended to jeff by: Jim Cuniglio
Shelves: read-again
This book is what convinced me that to believe that Jesus raised from the dead or that the bible is a reliable historical document can be a belief founded firmly in rational, logical thinking. This book, combined with The Case for Christ, set me off on a apologetics rampage that I am still on today and look forward to being on the rest of my life.

Easily over 700 pages, it covers nearly every objection to Christianity that I have heard. I only say "nearly" because I don't feel comfortable saying
David Sarkies
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians and Non-Christians alike
Recommended to David by: My Church
Shelves: christian
Not the most objective book
18 January 2013

I have noticed that this book receives some bad responses, but then that is not surprising when you have a book that is purporting to outline all of the evidence supporting the authenticity of Christianity. Unfortunately it has been a while since I read it but it is one of those books that is ordered as notes as opposed to being written in prose to make it easier see the evidence that McDowell argues. However, the problem, as one person suggested, is th
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
If I were a Christian, I would be insulted and embarrassed by the contents and presentation of this book. As an atheist, it is both hilarious and frustrating. "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell is, if I may be blunt, one of the biggest pieces of intellectually dishonest, self-serving tripe that I have ever read. The entire thing can be summed up with the old Sunday school song: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so."

Although the book is titled "Evidence That Dem
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read this book while researching my (at the time) fundamentalist Christian faith. It was recommended to me when I began asking questions like "why do we just follow the books in the bible, who decided what was in here?" and "whats the basis for all this anyway?"

Josh McDowell prefaces the book saying he embarked on this research when he was not a Christian in an effort to disprove Christianity. When he was digging up all the "evidence" in the holy lands he was overwhelmed and converted.

The book
Terry Morgan
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have read this more than once, and several revisions. This is not a casual read. It is written more like a source book, or a thesis on the premises of who was Jesus Christ, and the claims of the Bible. Excellent read!
Gerald Curtis
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second reading.

I love this book, written in defense of Christianity by a former doubter, now turned apologist.

It is an amazing collection of evidence from history, world experts and even skeptics, and hundreds of presentations of logic and debate that are overwhelmingly compelling.

Best thing I can say is that Mr. McDowell has given an honest effort in gathering all the information he feels justifies his beliefs. The title of the book is misleading. Despite the impressive number of quotes and apologetics, evidence is lacking. This book suffers profusely from circular reasoning, "facts" with no support, and sources that don't matter. I love C.S. Lewis too, that doesn't mean his opinion carries any weight.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: schmutzwasser
The verdict is in. This book is schmutzwasser. And I don't have to prove that it is, since he doesn't really prove his points, either. ...more
Nikola Tasev
Oct 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Lots of claims. And, I admit, lots of citations.
A lot of holes, though. Like, most of it.
McDowell claims the bible is exceptional, because it is written over a vast period and by many different people in different backgrounds, yet it is miraculously and divinely free of inconsistencies.
Then he says if you think you've found an inconsistency, there are 15 rules you have to check to see it it is an inconsistency or not. The most important one - "there are no inconsistencies, the bible can contrad
Rock Rockwell
Oct 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Evidential apologetics to strengthen the faith of Christians. A good 'resource' to keep on your shelf. ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, religion, reviewed
Great book, all 600 or so pages were worth it. Amongst other things, it pulls together a bundle of evidence that the Bible is historically accurate and that Jesus was a historical figure by the methods of our day. Also debunks some misconceptions and alternate resurrection theories, etc. Has a great section on the basics of philosophy which helps with understanding the illogical bases for mysticism, post-modernism, and skepticism. There's a lot more, but I'd be here forever explaining it.

A great
Charles  van Buren
Charles van Buren

A very useful classic of apologetics

October 28, 2019

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Publication date: October 13, 1999
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
ASIN: B007V8Z61M Sales Rank: 82114

I listened to this book or perhaps it was just parts of it on older tapes which I had obtained at no charge from Fire Fighters for Christ. Josh McDowell himself was the narrator/speaker. I say speaker because he did more than simply read the book. McDowell is a powe
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I read it page by page this is more of a reference resource. The chapter on the resurrection is worth the price of the entire book.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you need this book in your library! You cannot find a more articulate defense of the truth.
Pete Bartel
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent arguments for Christianity based on history.
Donnie Haflich
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the outset of the massive undertaking that Evidence That Demands A Verdict has taken, Josh McDowell has been about sharing the word of God. “Evidence is not for proving the word of God, but rather for providing a reasoned basis for faith,” claims McDowell.

The original Evidence was drawn up from a deep struggle Josh shares regarding the tough years he faced, and no doubt our own youth will face, while at college. Mad at God and mad at past abuse, Josh took up a challenge to consider the Chri
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reference book.
Magnus Von Black
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastically well researched book and I enjoyed it, but there are a few things that severely weaken the case that McDowell is attempting to make.

For one, it is written in an evangelical style. The introduction and first chapter sound like something you would hear at church; they are about his personal experiences and personal faith, and are very enthusiastic. That's fine, but he essentially begins the book by alienating skeptics and broadly trumpeting that his perspective is not even
Brian Chilton
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The updated classic is the new standard in apologetics. As good as the original Evidence that Demands a Verdict (ETDAV) was, this updated and revamped edition is even better. With new sections on the historicity of Jesus' existence, evaluations of the historical data, updated scientific information, and new updated stats on biblical manuscript evidence; this updated addition with insights from Dr. Sean McDowell makes this revision of ETDAV a must-have for anyone serious about Christian Apologeti ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize there are so many evidences for the truth of the Bible and the Christian faith. The evidences are too many to list. ...more
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great apologetics reference with lots of fascinating material.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst of Christian apologetics. If taken seriously, it accomplishes the exact opposite of the authors goal.
Andrew King
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-based
Such a complete work that provides answers for many of skeptics' questions. What struck me, though, was the lack of the type of 100%, mathematical certainty for the Christian faith. And it makes me wonder if that's precisely how God intended it. If there were such crystal clear answers, we wouldn't see very many skeptics. God wants us to have a measure of faith like a child (Matthew 19). While we must always be prepared to give a defense (I Peter 3:15), and I'm indebted to this book in helping m ...more
Michael O'Brien
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found it to be a stirring defense of the Christian faith, and this book does do an outstanding job in also exposing much of the circular thinking and inconsistencies in critics of Christian doctrines and the Bible. My only criticisms are that it does tend, toward the end, to get bogged down in philosophy, and I do wish it had gone into more detail exposing inconsistencies in evolutionary theory as well.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When this showed up today as one of my recommendations, I remembered I read this book many, many years ago. Don't remember much about it and nowadays I don't think I'd be impressed with it. ...more
Michaël Wertenberg
I was a born-again fundamentalist when I read this book, and I still found it laughable.
It almost reads like a parody.
Molly Rose
May 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book reads as if it was written by someone who has never in their life even read the Wikipedia page on Biblical Archaeology (it's here:, and if you want to know anything about the Bible that's ACTUALLY backed by evidence, I'd recommend reading through that page and from the scholars it cites instead of reading McDowell's book).
This book so thoroughly misses what the Bible actually is and how it got that way, as generally outlined by the scholars of s
Jun 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Every piece of "evidence" in this book is support (from the Bible) for McDowell's foregone conclusion. As far as I can tell, this book doesn't contain a single piece of actual evidence toward anything other than McDowell's delusion. ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patty by: family
Shelves: 2018
First of all. This book is obnoxiously long. I feel no shame in admitting I skimmed this book since this is the second book that I read at the request of my family members. (See "Case for Christ" review) I did my part, but our conversation following really had nothing to do with this book, so just watch out for that if you haven't fallen for that book swap trap before. (ugh!) So let's just say, I'm done reading religious books for other people. I mean, that's probably a good rule of thumb anyway ...more
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