How to Stop Clever Atheists from Stripping Our Children of Their Faith

truth_matters_bannerThis might be the most important email I’ve ever written, and I need your help. Have you noticed all the attention being given to atheists, skeptics and “free thinking” societies lately? I used to just dismiss these as fringe groups, but not anymore. This is serious. LifeWay Research has uncovered some alarming statistics.

Did you know 4 out of 10 young people (ages 18-22) leave church and never return? Many of our children head for college and, no longer under the watchful eyes of Christian parents, they are taught to think independently. This can be a good thing, but many secular colleges teach what students learned in church was naive and wrong. You and I know better, but what about our impressionable youth? Are they prepared for the challenges to their faith? Most are not. Click here to learn more about Truth Matters, an intelligent and reasonable way to defend one’s faith. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8151.

TRUTH MATTERS

Truth does matter. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” B&H Publishers have wisely determined that now is the time to equip our youth with the truth. This remarkable new book was the combined effort of 3 top evangelical Bible scholars. It’s written in an easygoing style suited for high school readers. It answers the tough questions students are sure to be asked by college teachers and skeptics. I’ve read this book and I want everyone to read it, especially high school students. It’s only $9.95. Click here to order a hardcover copy. For a limited time, shipping is free (in the continental US) regardless of how many books you order. I’ll also include a free copy for your WORDsearch library, and you’ll be able to access it on your iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Atheists Are Stripping Our Children of Their Faith?

Yes! And it breaks my heart. A popular leader in this movement is a clever “Bible scholar,” a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His name is Dr. Bart Ehrman and 4 of his books have been on the New York Times best-seller list. Bart has a magnetic personality, and he (along with many others like him) teaches that most of what you learned about the Bible is a lie. Truth Matters takes on the teachings of Bart Ehrman, one issue at a time. It gives young readers the confidence that many equally qualified scholars disagree with Ehrman’s conclusions, and for good reason. This much-needed book equips our young people with the truth, and the ability to resist the Ehrmans of this world who seek to strip them of their Christian faith.

Students Will Find Answers to Difficult Questions Like:

  • Was Christianity just made up?
  • Is the Bible full of irresolvable contradictions?
  • Is God incapable of keeping us from suffering?
  • What gives the Bible any authority or credibility?
  • How can we know what it says if we don’t have any originals?
  • Have the biblical documents been forged to look more authentic?
  • Why weren’t other books included that were just as valuable?
  • Was the resurrection a hoax?

Read the First Couple of Chapters and You’ll See What I Mean

Click here and you can read the preface and the first chapter of Truth Matters. It’s stated better than I can describe here. Here’s a quote from the first page:

You’re about to face a religion professor who’s actually better at arguing your case for the validity of Christian faith than you are. And when his spiritually shocking lectures start turning into assignments for thousand-word papers and midterm exams, he won’t be taking your favorite Bible verse for an answer. What will you do then?

This Is Personal, and I’m Asking for Your Help

My wife Shelley and I have 5 kids and 3 grandkids. They are precious to us and I’m sure yours are too. Like many parents, we’ve done our best to raise them in a Christian home, instilled with a steadfast faith in God. Was it enough? Will they withstand the doubts and challenges they face in a godless world? Truth Matters will help them stand strong, as it offers intelligent, reasonable answers to the difficult questions that will inevitably challenge the faith of every believer.

Here’s how you can help. Make sure every high school student in your church gets a copy of Truth Matters. It’s easy to read, and they’ll have all summer to read it and be prepared to answer those who will challenge their faith in the coming days. Especially those headed for college. Will you help me?

I Can’t Imagine a Better Graduation Gift than Truth Matters

Most of the time I offer software books for your digital library. But I believe Truth Matters is so important, it needs to be a real, hardcover book that you put into the hands of every student. Your investment in young lives is only $9.95 each. Better yet, purchase Truth Matters by the case. That’s 10 hardcover books for $50 (just five bucks a book). Whether you buy one book or 100, I’ll include a digital version for your WORDsearch library for free. This is important and you can make a difference.Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8151.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. - Truth Matters. It’s only $9.95 for a hardcover copy, plus I’ll include a free digital edition for your WORDsearch library. We also offer case lots of 10 for $50. That’s just $5 a book, with free shipping (in the continental US). Click here. Thank you for equipping our youth with the truth.

Interview with Dr. Darrell Bock Concerning Truth Matters

Post by Selma Wilson, president of B&H Publishing Group, and originally posted on her blog.

I am very excited to share a Q&A with Dr. Darrell Bock, author of the new release, Truth Matters. This book supplies its audience with well-reasoned responses to their often honest questions or to the objections they read or hear. Those questions may come from professors, friends, or their own personal reflections. It’s an enriching lifesaver for curious young minds and hearts everywhere.

9781433682261_cvr_webQ: First, what was the motivation behind the book, Truth Matters?

A: I wrote the book to myself. What I mean by that is when I was in college, I was an agnostic. I didn’t believe. I had a lot of questions and a lot of skepticism about the Bible. I knew what it was to have those questions, and to think that way. And I’ve come in my time in ministry to know what I think the answers to those questions are. So in a very real way, this book is written to me, or someone who would have been my roommate, who was a Christian and didn’t know the answers. I roomed with a Southern Baptist and I had all these questions and he really didn’t have a clue how to answer them. The quality of his life spoke to me just as much as some of the answers he was trying to tell me. On the flipside, I thought that if he had been better equipped it would have been nice. So this book is written to me and my roommate at the time.

Q: So you had all these questions, where did you start finding your answers?

A: The first thing I saw was the quality of life that people had, they lived differently. They viewed the world differently, and that got my attention. Then having gotten my attention that way, I began to pay more serious attention to the answers they had provided. Tone came first, truth came second.

Q: Who’s your target audience?

A: Everybody: the college student who heads off who has questions; the person who has more questions about the Bible; the roommate who lives with the person who has questions; the parents who don’t know how to answer the questions. It’s really written for anybody, and in my view it’s really the rest of the story. It’s often what you don’t hear the culture saying about Christianity that the culture should be aware of.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for students to have a resource like this before they set off for college?

A: They’re going to hear a lot of things about Christianity when they’re on the college campuses. If they’ve grown up in the church, especially the conservative church, most of what they hear will be news to them. And in some cases, it could be unsettling news. So, knowing what they’re hearing isn’t the only angle on what they’re hearing is very, very important.

Q: Anything else that you really want readers to know?

A: Here’s what I think is somewhat distinctive about the book: We are not claiming—as often previous apologetics types of books do—that we can prove to a 100 percent degree everything that we’re talking about. We are trying to say that what happens in the conversation with the culture is you’re trying to get them to discover the plausibility, probability, and likelihood to be open to what it is the church has to say to the culture. And we think there are good reasons for having that openness. I don’t think anyone can put a 100 percent fail-safe proof on it, no one can do that. If someone could do that, we wouldn’t need to have faith.

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Thank you, Dr. Bock, for sharing your insight on such an important issue today!

Blessings,

Selma

Preparing Students to Defend Their Faith

What will happen when your teenager sits down for his or her first class at college and a professor comes out to immediately challenge and confront Christian beliefs?

Unfortunately, many young people are ill equipped to defend their faith.

Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World, a new book by Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock and Josh Chatraw and published by B&H, looks to prepare students for the intellectual scrutiny their faith will face once they leave home.

Using the writings and lectures of famed Christian critic and University of North Carolina religion professor Bart Ehrman as a starting point, Truth Matters deals with common objections to Christianity that college students often face.

Perhaps surprisingly, the book opens by examining what makes the arguments raised by Ehrman and others so appealing. The authors conclude the opening chapter by asserting that no one can completely prove (or disprove) the Bible, but “there are reasonable answers to be had that consistently correspond to the beliefs of the Christian faith.”

The authors explain their purpose for writing Truth Matters was to provide answers to scholarly topics from a solidly Christian viewpoint.

So what questions does the book address? Chapters two through seven tackle one broad topic each.

  • If God is there and He cares, why is there suffering in this world?
  • Why were the specific books included in the Bible?
  • Are there contradictions in the Bible?
  • How can we trust the Bible if we only have copies, instead of the originals?
  • How do we know we are practicing the right version of Christianity?
  • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

The authors manage to respond to each challenge in a winsome and accessible manner, while still being faithful to Scripture and scholarship.

Less than 200 pages, Truth Matters can provide parents and student ministers with a handy guide for the questions facing their teenagers. Students themselves could easily toss the book in their backpack as a quick resource to help think through challenges to Christianity.

But more than simply offering an intellectual justification for following Christ, the book encourages readers to be “His disciple as well as His defender.”

Check out Truth Matters, released today on WORDsearch, here.

Aaron Earls is a writer for corporate communications at LifeWay. Originally posted on LifeWay’s LifeLines blog.

How do you help students cope with their questions of faith?