"Christians today face growing challenges to show
that their faith is both relevant and credible. Josh McDowell's New
Evidence That Demands a Verdict combines the two original
best-selling volumes into one, maintaining their classic defense of the
faith, yet answering new questions posed by today's culture." (From
Table of Contents
Explanation of General Format
He Changed My Life
PART ONE: THE CASE FOR THE BIBLE
1. The Uniqueness of the Bible
An intelligent person seeking truth would certainly
read and consider a book that has the historical qualifications of the
Bible. Unique qualifications that set the Scriptures apart from every
other book ever written.
2. How We Got the Bible
Materials used. Bible divisions. Why just
thirty-nine Old Testament books and twenty-seven New Testament books?
What about the Apocrypha? Why not other books?
3. Is the New Testament Historically Reliable?
The tests applied to all ancient literature to
determine reliability. How does the New Testament compare?
Archaeological finds confirming the New Testament.
4. Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?
Bibliographical test. Internal evidence test.
Archaeological evidence demonstrating the trustworthiness of the Old
PART TWO: THE CASE FOR JESUS
5. Jesus, A Man of History
Documented sources of extrabiblical historical
references to Jesus of Nazareth.
6. If Jesus Wasn't God, He Deserves an Oscar
The character of Christ and His claims to deity,
with emphasis on secular and Jewish sources.
7. Significance of Deity: The Trilemma--Lord, Liar, or
If the New Testament records about Jesus are
historically accurate, there remain only three logical choices
concerning His identity.
8. Support of Deity: Old Testament Prophecies
Fulfilled in Jesus Christ
Illustrations of the probabilities that all
prophecies could be fulfilled in one man, in response to the critic
who says, "It is all just a coincidence." Emphasis on Jewish
sources to answer the accusation, "That's the way you Christians
look at them, but what about the Jews?"
9. Support of Deity: The Resurrection--Hoax or
This heavily documented section of evidence for
Christ's resurrection refutes theories set forth to disclaim this
10. Support of Deity: The Great Proposition
The "if…then" argument applied to
Christ: "If God became man, then what would He be
like?" Quotations and observations of great Christians and
non-Christians about the person, character, life, and death of Jesus
of Nazareth, and His impact on the world for two thousand years.
PART THREE: THE CASE FOR AND AGAINST CHRISTIANITY
Section I. Introduction
This section deals with inspiration of the Bible,
anti-supernaturalism, and archaeology. All three topics relate to the
documentary hypothesis and form criticism. There they are treated at the
beginning rather than under each of the following two sections.
11. Is the Bible from God?
Part 1 presents the case that the Bible is
historically accurate. Here the case is made that the Bible is
trustworthy in that it is inspired by a perfect God.
12. The Presupposition of Anti-supernaturalism
A presentation of the presuppositions of both
documentarians and form critics. Often the alleged objective
historical conclusions are molded by a subjective worldview.
Section II. Documentary Hypothesis
The discipline of literary criticism applied to the
Pentateuch is examined along with evidence for Mosaic authorship.
14. Introduction to the Documentary Hypothesis
What is the documentary hypothesis? What are the
15. Introduction to Biblical Criticism
Biblical criticism defined and the different
critical schools explained.
16. Introduction to the Pentateuch
The purpose and importance of the first five
17. Development of the Documentary Hypothesis
A description of the various documentary theories
and their modern revisions.
18. Ground Rules
The ancient oriental environment provides various
principles to apply to the Old Testament.
19. Documentary Presuppositions
An investigation of the four basic documentary
assumptions: (1) The priority of source analysis over archaeology; (2)
a natural view of Israel's religion and history; (3) the theory that
there was no writing in Israel at Moses' time; and (4) the legendary
view of the patriarchal narratives.
20. Consequences of Radical High Criticism
A discussion of the results of Israel's history
being viewed as unhistorical, fraudulent, and naturalistic.
21. Evidence for Mosaic Authorship
The internal and external testimony for Moses'
authorship of the Pentateuch.
22. The Phenomenon of Divine Names
The various uses of the divine names (Elohim,
Yahweh, and others) are put in perspective.
23. The Repetition of Accounts and Alleged
Certain stories in the Pentateuch are said to be
repeated, and others to have contradictory details.
The writing in the third person and the record of
Moses' death are factors said to be incongruous with Mosaic
25. Internal Diversity
A discussion of the assumed difference of subject
matter, style and diction.
26. Conclusion to the Documentary Hypothesis
Section III. Biblical Criticism and the New Testament
Basic tenets of form criticism examined. Practical
answers to basic assumptions and conclusions. The modern quest for the
27. Introduction to New Testament Form Criticism
Form criticism is defined and its purpose and
28. Historical Skepticism
The reliability of the record of the historical
Jesus is examined.
29. Jesus Under Fire
An examination of the historical quests for Jesus
and their culmination in the Jesus Seminar.
30. Conclusion to Form Criticism
A look at the contribution and limitations of the
form critical approach.
31. Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism
by C. S. Lewis
PART FOUR: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
Personal Note from the Author
32. The Nature of Truth
33. The Knowability of Truth
34. Answering Postmodernism
35. Answering Skepticism
36. Answering Agnosticism
37. Answering Mysticism
38. Certainty vs. Certitude
39. Defending Miracles
40. Is History Knowable?
Biographical Sketches of Selected Authors
The Four Spiritual Laws
You can know God personally and experience the
abundant Christian life.