We’ve probably all heard people give their excuses for why they don’t believe or trust the Bible.
It’s old. It’s irrelevant. Science disproves it. It was written (or translated) by men…
Among all the excuses there is always this one: there are too many contradictions.
Since this is not an issue I struggle with, I have to admit that this excuse throws me a bit. I’m not a “scholar” by any means, but I read my Bible. I study God’s word. I’ve just never been one to see these contradictions – they don’t stand out to me. Still, I need to be prepared to handle these conversations with wisdom and grace.
That is why I’m so thankful to have been given this opportunity to preview Jason Lisles new book Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason published by Master Books.
Upon reading this book, I was immediately thankful to the author for taking the time in his introduction to explain and define “contradiction”. He also made sure to explain several common fallacies. This helped me to better understand where a critic might be coming from.
Then Jason Lisle dives right into his list of over 400 claims of contradictions.
Over 400?!? Seriously? Yes. Apparently so.
In his book Keeping Faith in an Age of Reason Jason Lisle covers six different areas of contradictions: Quantitative Differences, Names, Places, and Genealogies, Timing of Events, Cause and Effect, Differences in Details, and finally, Yes and No.
Normally the type of material covered in this book would be overwhelming to me. However, Jason Lisle does an excellent job taking each contradiction and explaining what type of fallacy it is, breaking it down and giving facts in a brief and concise manner that makes it easy for the reader to understand and be drawn in. I learned so much from this book, and found it hard to put down.
I hope that you take time to read this book. There is much to take in and learn from it. I hope it causes you to be a Berean. To dive into your Bible and seek the Truth for yourself.
2 Timothy 3:16-17(ESV)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
**I was given the opportunity to preview a pdf version of this book from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.**