“The wild and unscholarly yet widely accepted assertion by Richard Dawkins that the only difference between The Da Vinci Code and the Gospels is that the Gospels are ancient fiction while The Da Vinci Code is modern fiction deserves a measured and scholarly response. There is no one better qualified than Peter Williams to provide it, and this book is a masterly presentation of a compelling cumulative case that ‘all of history hangs on Jesus.’”See All
John C. Lennox
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford
“This much-needed book provides a mine of information for Christians wanting to know more about the historical background to the Gospels and offers a series of challenges to those skeptical of what we can know about Jesus. Peter Williams has distilled a mass of information and thought into this short and accessible book, and it deserves careful reading both inside and outside the church.”See All
Reader in New Testament Studies, University of Cambridge
“Despite the doctrine of biblical inerrancy, Christians today find themselves unwilling to testify to their faith, as much from confusion as from fear. To this puzzled, anxious flock, Peter Williams offers liberation in the form of a concise yet complete education. His powerful instruction manual on the reliability of the Gospels escorts the ‘faithful seeking understanding’ through a series of historically responsible explanations for questions they have and questions they never imagined. This highly detailed, accurate, and eminently readable volume—rich in charts and tables—strikes a chord so resonant, Christians and skeptics alike can profit. An up-to-date apologia and superlative guide—unbelievers, beware!”See All
Clare K. Rothschild
Professor of Scripture Studies, Lewis University; author, Luke–Acts and the Rhetoric of History; Baptist Traditions and Q; and Hebrews as Pseudepigraphon; Editor, Early Christianity
“With his expert knowledge and skill, yet in a remarkably easy-to-follow way, Williams, one of the world’s leading authorities on the text of the New Testament, takes the reader through various lines of evidence supporting the historical reliability of the Gospels. This books shows why it is rational to trust the Gospels.”See All
Professor of New Testament Studies, King’s College London
“This book is superb, a simply wonderful resource. I have bought five copies and will buy more to give away. Clear, insightful, scholarly, thought provoking—just the kind of book to give to believers and skeptical friends.”See All
Former Director of the PT Cornhill Training Course, The Proclamation Trust; Writer in Residence, Tyndale House; author, The Priority of Preaching
“I am amazed how much helpful material is packed into this slender volume. Well done!”See All
Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California
The four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are at the heart of the Christian faith. Written in the decades after Christ’s ascension, the hope of each Christian rests on the truth of these texts (cf. 1 Cor. 15:19; 1 Peter 1:16). We’ve combined the beautifully produced ESV Readers Gospels Set with a helpful assessment of the historical reliability of the gospels, Can We Trust the Gospels?, because the Easter season can bring into focus our faith and trust (or lack thereof) in the ascension of the Messiah—the cosmic conquering of death accomplished by the Spirit of God through his Son.
Whether you’re a pastor preparing your Easter sermon, a busy family wanting to reorient your lives in light of the resurrection, we think that together these resources will encourage a response of wonder and worship at Christ’s work of redemption.