In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture
Wilder, Terry L.; Cowan, Steven B.
“In Defense of the Bible is much more than an apologetic for the authority of Scripture, as important as such an undertaking always is. This important volume explains, for skeptics and believers alike, why the Bible can and indeed should be accepted as the Word of God on which fallible human beings can rely for information about God and the world, sin and salvation, truth and error, and about how we should live. Readers will learn much about the viability of the historic Christian position that the Bible is the true and inerrant Word of God. And they will be competently introduced into a wide variety of areas, including philosophy, logic, linguistics, exegetical methodology, the history of interpretation, Israels conquest of the promised land, Jesus miracles, the narratives of Jesus resurrection, ethics, slavery, gender relations, science, biblical manuscripts, the canon of the Old and New Testament. Carefully argued, meticulously documented, and lucidly and creatively written, In Defense of the Bible should be read by every pastor and student, believer and skeptic, who is concerned about truth—the truth about God, the truth about the Bible, and the truth about ourselves.”See All
Eckhard J. Schnabel
Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“Cowan and Wilder have amassed a stellar team of contributors who produce a book that is at once deep in coverage and wide in scope. This is an authoritative treatment of biblical inspiration and inerrancy, and I highly recommend it.”See All
J. P. Moreland
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
“The assault parameters on the veracity of Scripture have changed direction of late, often emphasizing textual corruption and editorial changes. Entering the fray is this excellent volume edited by Steve Cowan and Terry Wilder. Divided into three parts with seventeen chapters, written by major, well-accomplished authors, this text follows an orderly progression through the relevant topics. Further, this book features a wide array of strong arguments, fascinating details, and fresh, valuable insights not often found elsewhere. Altogether, it comprises an assortment of responses for those who wonder how these recent challenges may be addressed. I strongly recommend this volume, especially as a textbook that presents an updated rejoinder to the recent assertions.”See All
Gary R. Habermas
Distinguished Research Professor & Chair, Department of Philosophy, Liberty University and Theological Seminary
“Professors Cowan and Wilder have assembled an impressive group of scholars to defend the rationality, truth, and pertinence of the Holy Scriptures. This is needful since the battle for the Bible will not end until its Author returns (1 Pet 3:15; John 10:35; 2 Thess 2:8). This timely volume addresses nearly every significant area of dispute on the authority of the Bible, thus repaying its reader with an increase in knowledge concerning the living and active Word of the Living God (Heb 4:12).”See All
Douglas R. Groothuis
Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary
“In Defense of the Bible is an impressive, important, and timely collection of serious essays, providing a faithful apologetic for the truthfulness of Holy Scripture. Steven Cowan and Terry Wilder are to be commended for assembling a fine group of authors who have offered well-informed, readable, and engaging presentations that will be both helpful and hopeful for students and church leaders alike. I trust the book will receive a wide readership.”See All
David S. Dockery
President, Union University
“Never before our present time have forces throughout our culture so conspired to disregard and discount the Scriptures as having any current value for our society. While the assault on our faith comes from secular sources many of the times, it is sadly prevalent among the ranks of professing Christians. Paul urged Timothy to command certain people not to teach other doctrine or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies or promote empty speculations rather than Gods plan (1 Tim 1:34). That is more necessary today than ever before. Steven Cowan and Terry Wilder have provided a valuable document for all of us to use in standing confidently on Gods inerrant Word. Every pastor and teacher should have this volume at their fingertips! It is invaluable for use by the serious student of Gods Word.”See All
President Emeritus, LifeWay Christian Resources
“The battle for inerrancy is not over! In this book, a bevy of first-rate scholars address the issue of biblical truthfulness from a wide-ranging gamut of philosophical, methodological, textual, historical, ethical, scientific, and theological challenges. Clear, concise, comprehensive; this book should be on everyones shelf. I highly recommend it.”See All
David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“In Defense of the Bible is a substantive and scholarly work. It provides a clear and comprehensive treatment of the critical issues related to the Holy Scriptures. This book will serve the church well.”See All
Daniel L. Akin
President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
In Defense of the Bible is a comprehensive apologetic for the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture, featuring essays that tackle all major contemporary challenges: philosophical, methodological, textual, historical, ethical, scientific, and theological.
The book begins by looking at philosophical and methodological challenges to the Bible—questions about whether or not it is logically possible for God to communicate verbally with human beings; what it means to say the Bible is true in response to postmodern concerns about the nature of truth; defending the clarity of Scripture against historical skepticism and relativism.
Contributors also explore textual and historical challenges—charges made by Muslims, Mormons, and skeptics that the Bible has been corrupted beyond repair; questions about the authorship of certain biblical books; allegations that the Bible borrows from pagan myths; the historical reliability of the Old and New Testaments.
Final chapters take on ethical, scientific, and theological challenges—demonstrating the Bible's moral integrity regarding the topics of slavery and sexism; harmonizing exegetical and theological conclusions with the findings of science; addressing accusations that the Christian canon is the result of political and theological manipulation; ultimately defending the Bible as not simply historically reliable and consistent, but in fact the Word of God.
Paul W. Barnett, Craig A. Blaising, Douglas K. Blount, Darrell L. Bock, Paul Copan Steven B. Cowan, William A. Dembski, Matthew Flannagan, R. Douglas Geivett, James M. Hamilton, Douglas S. Huffman, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Richard R. Melick Jr., Charles L. Quarles, Mary Jo Sharp, Daniel B. Wallace, Paul D. Wegner, Terry L. Wilder