Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason (Download)

Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason (Download)


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“You can’t trust the Bible — it’s full of hundreds of contradictions.”

Really? Just because the critic mindlessly declares it so? Don’t be so fast to believe everything you hear! In this book Dr. Jason Lisle examines 420 claims of Bible contradictions and sets the record straight.

Contradiction #139
Was Abraham justified by faith or by works?
Romans 4:2 - says by faith VS. James 2:21 - says by works

Bifurcation fallacy. Abraham was justified both by faith and by works (James 2:24, 26). To “justify” means either to be in right moral standing or to show that one is (morally) in right standing. Abraham was justified by faith before God since God knows all things — including Abraham’s faith (James 2:23). God sees our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), so we are justified before God by our faith alone, which God can see. But men cannot see another man’s faith. They only see the outward works that follow from inward faith. Therefore, Abraham was justified before men by the works that followed from his faith, since men cannot see faith but can see works. James explicitly teaches this (James 2:18–26).

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SKU K092-5
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 0.00
Title Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason (Download)
Subtitle Refuting Alleged Bible Contradictions
Contributors Dr. Jason Lisle
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC

Critics often claim that the Bible cannot be true because it has contradictions. Other critics hear this claim and repeat it. But few bother to check to see if it is really true. A popular list of 439 alleged Bible contradictions has been circulating on the Internet for years. Many critics refer to this list as the definitive proof that the Bible is flawed. But apparently none of them bothered to actually check. Interestingly, not one of these 439 claims is a genuine contradiction. This shows that critics generally do not perform careful scholarship.

  • When critics allege that the Bible has contradictions, Christians should be ready and able to provide an intelligent answer.
  • The idea that people reject the Bible for good, intellectual reasons is a myth and it needs to be exposed as such.
  • In the process of researching the biblical text, we learn more about God and His sovereignty throughout human history.

The Bible really is supremely accurate and self-consistent; critics of the Bible are not. Although there are a handful of Christian resources for answering alleged Bible contradictions, none are so expansive in so short a volume. Each answer is as concise as possible, so that the book is not overly cumbersome. Many Christians have heard the claim that the Bible has contradictions and they would like to be better equipped to answer the critic. This book is for them!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Quantitative Differences
  • Names, Places, and Genealogies
  • Timing of Events
  • Cause and Effect
  • Differences in Details
  • Yes or No?
  • Closing Remarks
  • Scripture Index
Not just a long, boring list
Review by Debra
The premise is that there is a 'definitive list' of 439 Bible contradictions that has been floating around the internet, and Lisle goes through to refute them all. That doesn't sound like fascinating reading. It sounds like a long list, and something like reading the begats in the Bible -- you know, something that is probably important but just not something I truly want to do.

I was wrong.

Lisle starts off with an introduction where he concisely explains some of the major logical fallacies that are present in so many of these biblical contradictions. And then the individual chapters are organized so that each addresses one main type of contradiction.

Contradiction after contradiction are basically a variation on "this gospel writer says he healed a blind man, and the other gospel says there were two." Since the first case doesn't say there is ONLY one, both of the statements could be true. Just like when I'm asked if I have a son, I sometimes will say that, yes, I do. When asked how many sons I have, I will say I have four. Both statements are true. It is also true that I have two sons, and true that I have three.

I really liked seeing just how many of these contradictions are over such silly things.

The introduction alone is completely worth reading. Even without reading on into the chapters with the actual contradictions, the few pages of the introduction give you plenty to chew on.

Some of the responses are pretty straight-forward. Others get a bit more involved, and those are definitely more interesting.

One contradiction: "How many men did David kill? Second Samuel 10:18 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] says 700, but 1 Chronicles 19:18 says 7,000."

Part of the response:

This is further supported by the choice of the Hebrew word harag translated “killed” or “slew.” This word also refers to the destruction of inanimate objects, such as the chariots themselves. (The word is used to describe the destruction of vines and trees in Psalm 78:47 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] .) Even modern warfare terminology will refer to the destruction of a tank or a plane as a “kill,” regardless of how many people within are killed. Thus, to destroy 700 chariots, or chariot units, is 700 kills and could easily correspond to 7,000 individual deaths.

I found that really interesting.

This is a book I definitely recommend. It is very readable, and while I certainly am not going to memorize all 439 of these, this does make it so that I feel fairly confident in talking to someone who is saying that the Bible can't be trusted because of all the contradictions. I know I can answer some of these issues right off the bat... and I know I can find answers for pretty much anything someone throws my way.

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