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  1. Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World
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  2. Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World

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In an interview with Christianity Today in 2012, Ed Stetzer shared that according to LifeWay research among young adults who had attended church regularly for at least a year in high school, 70% stop attending regularly for at least a year between ages 18-22. However, 35% of these had returned to attending twice a month or more by the time they were surveyed for the study. This means that about 4 out of 10 kids leave the church and NEVER RETURN.

Here is how leading experts describe our church kids today: They are unarmed and incapable of defending their faith. They possess a faith that cannot withstand the scrutiny of trials or intellectual questions. They have a shallow belief system. They lack a robust faith. They haven’t learned how to think. They are embarrassingly ignorant of our faith.

Truth Matters is written directly to this audience, arming them with well-reasoned responses to the accusations that are most likely to appear in their lives, either as upcoming lecture notes and test questions or as inner qualms and questions. Things like: What gives the Bible any authority or credibility? Where is God in a world full of suffering? Why should Christianity be any more believable than any other religious system? And many, many more.

Easy to read yet loaded with meat and substance, this book is a level-headed reaction to those who equate Christian faith with “blind faith,” even those whose subtle or stated goal is to separate students from their religious traditions. Readers will discover the kind of historical information and thinking skills that build a sturdy backbone of confidence in high schoolers and young adults, making them able to defend by “reasoned faith” what the Bible claims as truth.

Loosely organized around the theological skepticism of New York Times bestselling author (and southern college educator) Bart Ehrman, this jam-packed counterclaim is a book that parents will want to buy for their kids, a book that youth and student leaders will want to work through one-on-one and in discipleship groups—a book that could prove a lifesaver for young minds and hearts everywhere.

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When everywhere I turn the world seems to scream I'm an idiot for believing in this thing called Christianity, it's important for me to read books like this every once in a while. The authors present a clear, well thought out case, for why we can be "reasonably" sure we haven't given up our lives to a lie by following what the Bible says to be true about Jesus and his ministry on Earth. They stand toe to toe with Bart Ehrman, "one of the leading voices attacking the reliability of the Christian faith" and in my mind, Kostenberger, Bock, and Chatraw come out on top. The book gave me valuable tools to understand why I believe what I believe, and to know that my faith isn't blind, but based on well supported arguments. Of interest was the fact that the very day I finished the book I heard an interview with Dr. Ehrman on PBS, and discovered he was, in fact, a very well spoken and convincing authority on his subject. The only problem was the whole interview seemed to be... Read more
Loosely arranged around the ideas Bart Ehrman is popularizing, Truth Matters was written to call high school students and young college students beyond Sunday School platitudes and to equip students, parents, and ministry leaders to think about and respond intelligently and biblically to the most common objections to Christianity.

"What do you do when the Bible goes from being the answer to being the question? How can you discuss its contents when its contents are being questioned as made up or having nothing to do with what really happened? How can you begin to develop a confident faith in such a confusing world? Oh, and one other reason: because the Barth Ehrmans of this world are waiting for you. Whether you attend college or not, his philosophy is popular in our culture, and it will undermine your faith as a Christian if you are not prepared" (xiv)

This book addresses:
- theodicy (the problem of evil and suffering)
- the canonization and... Read more
An outstanding read about defending your faith. I was thankful how the authors addressed the biggest questions of our faith today. I highly recommend this for a young student, parent, a youth leader, or ministry leader trying to equip younger Christians in their faith.
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