Following in the footsteps of the first volume, Demolishing Contradictions Vol. 2provides reasonable answers for 40 more challenges to the integrity of Scripture. Contributors to this volume include Bodie Hodge, David Wright, Tim Chaffey, Mariah Smith, Michael Belknap, Tommy Mitchell, Troy Lacey, Ron Dudek, Tommy Mitchell, Kyle Runge, Eric Lutz, David Chakranarayan, Jeremy Ham, John Bartlett Jr., Frost Smith, Dan Lietha, Georgia Purdom, and Chris Russell. If you're familiar with the first volume, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that it is once again organized canonically. This resource is divided in to five sections of questions (Genesis, Exodus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Malachi, Matthew through John, and Acts through Revelation), which makes it a handy grab-off-the-shelf reference tool.
This book begins with a reminder that we can fall into the trap of simply answering a skeptic's objections. This back and forth leaves us on the defensive and even makes our position look weaker [because the other guy's always on the offensive]. It is important that we not only answer their questions, but that we ask them questions on the tail-end of our response. Specifically, we should ask them questions that point out the contradictions of their worldview, for we are in the end comparing the nits of alleged Bible contradictions which turn out to be misunderstandings to the dragons of very real and serious contradictions in their non-Biblical worldviews! As Hodge and Chaffey note in the Introduction:
"Pointing outsupposed contradictions in the Bible is really nothing more than a smoke screen to keep people distracted from the real issue - the numerous contradictions in the humanistic worldview. The sad thing is that skeptics don't realize it's just a smoke screen. Not only are they blinded from the truth of God's Word, but they also have a tendency to be blinded to the contradictions and inconsistencies of their own worldviews" [p.15].
Accordingly, they offer practical advice on how to point out the self-refuting nature of their worldviews, by bringing up matters as mundane as clothing and wedding bands or as profound as truth, love, purpose, morality and the nature of science itself.
One of the things that I like about this volume is that it allows for variant interpretations in some cases. What I mean by this is that the contributors acknowledge that sometimes [not always] there is more than one possible solution to a Bible puzzle. In these cases, they will typically show why one is preferable or more strongly supported than another, but leaves the matter up to the reader to decided between two or more acceptable solutions to the proposed question. The humility this book shows in this regard is important because, while I absolutely affirmt that there are reasonable answers to any proposed Bible puzzle, we are not omniscient and the limitations of present human knowledge cannot allow us to be overly dogmatic on non-essentials.
As the back cover reminds us, “Too often the Bible is dismissed by people who have heard it is simply filled with myths and mistakes, and many have abandoned the faith, not understanding there wasn't an error at all.” But as I said there are reasonable answers to any alleged mistake or proposed contradiction in the Bible.
Here’s a list of the questions this resource answers:
This book is just as awesome and practical as the first one. Pick up a copy today.
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Rev Tony Breeden, from the Bookwyrm's Lair
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