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Evidence That Demands a Verdict

Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World
Length: 42 hrs and 39 mins
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The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated - because the truth of the Bible doesn't change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, best-selling author Josh McDowell gave Christian audiences the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics.

Since that time, Evidence has remained a trusted resource for believers young and old. Bringing historical documentation and the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings, this extensive volume has encouraged and strengthened millions.

Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites listeners to bring their doubts and doesn't shy away from the tough questions.

  • Thoroughly revised and updated from the previous edition
  • Now coauthored by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
  • All-new chapters defending against the latest attacks from Christianity's critics
  • Designed to be a go-to reference for even the toughest questions
  • Offers thoughtful responses to the Bible's most difficult and extraordinary passages
  • Expansive defense of Christianity's core truths, including the resurrection of Jesus Christ

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  • JC
  • 06-24-18

It would be nice if audible would offer chapter #s

I would like to be able to navigate by chaper. Each chapter should be labeled. With the audiobook you get section 1 and a time duration, section two and the time duration, section 3 and a time duration. Not helpful and i am finding this on other audible purchases.

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You'll Need the Hard Copy

This is a very detailed book. if you are trying to build your belief in the Bible, for me there was way to much information and very hard to keep track of all the information. I think you really need the hard copy to be able to study and retain the information. i couldn't make it through the whole book becauseI was overwhelmed with the amount of information .

I did purchase the hard copy and am going attempt to see if reading it clears things up.

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Lexicons aren't best suited for Audible

At least there's heaps of chapters in here, so it's somewhat easy to navigate, but this book is definitely best suited for having in print. Lists of Bible references, references to other chapters and the general layout seems to be designed as a resource to look up, when in need.

The general flow is what separates the book from a lexicon, because there's a storyline, a progression, instead of a list.

I was negative to the title before finishing it, because of the cheesy title, but it turned out to be a very serious book, self-aware and strong. I love that they often do not overstate the case, and rather leave the case open, and that they even encourage to read criticism of their own book. That's a healthy way to go forward.

The material in itself is simply very good.

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This isn't great as an audio book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is interesting and I would like to read it in hard copy, it's just not an easy one to listen to and follow.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

When I first started listening I was really wondering if the author was a talk-to-text, he reads very unevenly and dryly. I mean, I know it's not a story book, but blah. It's painful. There is a part in the book he goes "zero zero zero, zero zero zero, zero zero zero" and it's as close as an actual person could get to text-to-talk.

What character would you cut from Evidence That Demands a Verdict?

The narrator

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Don't let the 42 hours 39 mins intimidate you

Great book. I felt it was fine as an audio book. Its' long but worth the journey, you will be smarter and your faith will be deeper by the end. It's almost like 4 books in one, in a certain good way. Audible now has the chapter names listed, makes it easy to go back and listen to chapters you want to reinforce.

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A gift of God

My review title is not an overstatement. As an Apologist myself, I have been in dialogue, recently, with the atheist community. As a result, I compiled a list of "hot" issues to research. Low and behold, this new revision of ETDV contains exactly the list of topics I compiled! The Lord is listening to the questions and doubts of unbelievers and is calling His people to respond with the answers 1 Peter 3:15. This truly amazes me! God still honors the "Doubting Thomas" and offers them a touch of the evidence that truly demands a positive verdict.

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This book is for paper, not audio

This book is probably great as a paper reference - it is not good as an audio book for two reasons: (1) the reader (often Sean McDowell) has an almost robotic voice that is not easy to listen to. In some parts it almost seems like they recorded him saying various words/phrases and then computer-generated his audio using those recorded samples, or something, and (2) much of this book is organized more in a reference format with outline #s and letters. The voice-over reads every one of those numbers and letters like "I. Old Testament. A. Septuagint. 1. Number of manuscripts. a. Verified" or something like that. It wouldn't fix everything but it would be better if the performer just skipped over all those "headings" and let the narrative flow, or somehow presented the information in an audible-friendly way.

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AN UPDATED CLASSIC...AMAZING IN BREADTH AND DEPTH

This is now my #1 recommendation for anyone wanting to go deeper into their understanding of apologetics. Josh McDowell has been impacting the world through apologetics for nearly 60 years. And his son Sean is a popular seasoned apologist in his own right.

Josh's first edition of this classic was published nearly 50 years ago (1972). As a high school student, I devoured it in the late 70s. Aside from immersing myself in God's Word, it was probably the most instrumental thing that I did to strengthen my faith in order to weather the many storms of life that would come. As a father and son team, they have produced the most solid edition of this book yet. The book is amazing in its breadth and its depth, and yet it is written in such a way as to be accessible by a more popular audience (older high school and up). The narrator is also excellent, and makes this 43 hour audio book pleasing to listen to.

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Well Researched Resource

I was pleased with this book. The narrator annoyed me at first, but I quickly got used to his tone. He has a deep voice, sounding almost computerized and under sampled at times, but it didn’t take away from the book.

I also enjoyed listening to this in an audible form. It was easy to take in, as long as I was doing something mind numbing like driving to work, or running.

It hit many things in Christian apologetics. I was pleased with the information. I appreciated the book taking on Ehrman.

I plan to purchase the hard copy as a reference to have on hand, but I enjoyed getting the material through audio.

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very thorough. not hard to listen to while driving

I also have now bought the print copy for reference. good to refer to when someone asks

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  • cobby wallace
  • 10-23-19

Outsstanding

Every Christian must avail themselves s of the riches contained in this book. Absolutely in-depth

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  • Kelly
  • 06-23-19

Great book to summarise all the reasons to believe in our wonderful God

This is a wonderful antidote to the pervasive and dominant thinking in today’s society that Christians are irrational in their faith. I am a new Christian and find that I am constantly having my newfound faith questioned by others. I had already done my own research before, but this is a nice refresher and leaves me feeling confident that those questions won’t go unanswered. Highly recommend !

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  • Clive Smart
  • 05-25-18

fantastic!

encyclopedia of apologetics. wow. A manual and treasure trove for truth seekers and truth lovers, for evangelists everywhere.

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  • Valentin
  • 04-13-18

Great, in-depth analyzis on a scholarly level!

Very deep, logical and methodical ezamination of the claims against the truthfulness and historicity of the christian scripture cannon. Quite detailed and academic which may make it a heavy read for those looking for a simple story.