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       Josh McDowell
       1939-
      
       Joslin "Josh" McDowell is a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer. He is within the Evangelical tradition of Protestant Christianity, and is the author or co-author of some 77 books.
      
       His best-known book is Evidence That Demands a Verdict, which was ranked 13th in Christianity Today's list of most influential evangelical books since 1945. Other well known titles are More Than a Carpenter, A Ready Defense and Right from Wrong.
      
       As a practitioner of Christian apologetics, McDowell's writings have concentrated on addressing challenges to belief, questions posed by non-Christians, doubts about faith, and non-Christian religions. McDowell tends to present positive arguments to commend belief in Christ by emphasizing historical and legal proofs to establish the authenticity of the biblical texts and the divinity of Christ.


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After I set out to refute Christianity intellectually and couldn't, I came to the conclusion the Bible was true and Jesus Christ was God's Son.

    Topics: Christianity, The Bible

Having convictions can be defined as being so thoroughly convinced that Christ and His Word are both objectively true and relationally meaningful that you act on your beliefs regardless of the consequences.

    Topics: Conviction
    Source: Beyond Belief to Convictions, p. 22

If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption.

    Topics: Forgiveness, Redemption, The Cross

A lot of people say, well how can a loving God send anyone to hell? First of all God doesn't send anyone to hell. If we go to hell, it's by our own choice. But when somebody says to me, how can a loving God allow anyone to go to hell, I'll turn around and say, "Well how can a holy, just, righteous God allow sin into His presence?"

    Topics: Hell, Choices
    Source: Attributes of God

I would say much of religious heresy is the result of a misunderstanding of the basic nature of God. And once we have a proper understanding of God, then usually most of the areas of our life coincide with who God is and what He desires for each one of us.

    Topics: Heresy
    Source: Attributes of God

I am not a Christian because God changed my life; I am a Christian because of my convictions about who Jesus Christ is.

    Topics: Jesus

Whenever you do judge, the only basis of judgment is not your own perspective or anything else, it's the very character and nature of God and that's why we are to allow Him to exercise His justice, where I personally want to take it upon myself.

    Topics: Judging
    Source: Attributes of God

When God balances the scales morally, it is not some standard outside Himself He looks at and then determines whether this is right or wrong. But rather it's His very nature, it is His very character and nature that is the standard by which He judges.

    Topics: Justice
    Source: Attributes of God

Normally when I've been in the position where I've felt little love for God, it's because I haven't understood how much He loves me. The more I understand how much He loves me, I mean it's unbelievable, it's almost parallel the more I come to love Him, that's been my response.

    Topics: Love
    Source: Attributes of God

As a reward for their efforts, however, those early Christians were beaten, stoned to death, thrown to the lions, tortured and crucified. Every conceivable method was used to stop them from talking.

    Topics: Persecution

Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

    Topics: Prayer, The Heart

Why don't the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn't claim to be God, but Jesus did.

    Topics: Religion, God

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