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His name is Josh McDowell, and he is a liar of the worst order. He claimed to be an atheist, but from the book, it's pretty obvious he already drew his conclusions in presenting the "evidence" for Jesus. A real atheist would have brought up a lot of arguments that McDowell didn't touch. That's why I don't believe his claim that he was an atheist until he researched this stuff. It's VERY easy to disprove Christianity by lack of evidence; McDowell was clearly trying to do the opposite. Among the many, many, many problems with this book (_Evidence that Demands a Verdict_) are: - argument from authority (Professor xyz said... therefore it's true) - argument from increduality (I can't believe xyz...therefore it isn't true) - equivocation (confusing authenticity of a manuscript with authenticity of its contents) - emotional appeal (this is so important...it MUST be true!!!!) - argument by force (if you don't believe this, you'll go to hell) - deliberate misstatement of fact - misleading statements (implies number of manuscripts are total Bibles, rather than total pieces of parchment) The list goes on. The way you presented your question tells me that the people who told you of this book are unaware how discredited the author is. There are many good Christian philosophers/theologists. Josh McDowell is not one of them. Reading his book confirmed my atheism; it made me wonder how stupid someone had to be to believe that stuff. Read the FAQ on constructing a logical argument. McDowell violates almost every example in that handy document.

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