Since the fall of man Satan has been attacking God’s word and planting doubt about its truthfulness (Gen. 3). Israel faced attacks on God’s word to them, Jesus faced attacks by his opponents concerning his words about himself (especially from the religious leaders) and since the first century to the present, Christians have faced attacks on what God has revealed to us in Scripture.

While there are many angels the attacks have come from, one of the most common is the assertion that within Scripture itself there are numerous contradictions in every book of the Bible. The accusation is that while Scripture may affirm one thing to be true in one place, it affirms something contradictory in another place. Thus, skeptics see these as clear contradictions and therefore question the trustworthiness of God and his word.

In seeking to respond to these accusations, Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, Tim Chaffey and others have produced Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Vol. 2. This work follows what Ken Ham did in Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Vol. 1 but has utilized the help of others in answering the questions. While the word “demolishing” in the title may seem to go over board in both approach and actual delivery, the aim of the book is to provide clear, biblical and thoughtful answers to the 40 supposed Bible contradictions addressed in the book.

In the introduction, Bodie Hodge and David Wright contend that Christians do not need to be constantly on the defensive when it comes to answering the accusations of those who believe Scripture is fraught with contradictions. Rather, the Christian should turn the tables on the skeptic and, in light of the internal and external biblical evidence, ask them to defend their position that the text of Scripture has contradictions. Thus, as the intro title states, a good defense of a good offense. Also, it is good and right for the believer to ask questions of the skeptic in regards to their own religious and worldview beliefs.

Most of the questions in the book are answered within 2-4 pages. The supposed contradiction/problem is stated, the answer/solution is given and the chapter is concluded. The answers are clear and the text of Scripture is given the highest respect in regards to its inerrancy. Most of the answers are helpful though some may not be fully convinced of the particular answers given and may want to study further for more satisfactory answers.

Some of the supposed contradictions would not only be asked by biblical skeptics. In other words, if every Christian is honest about their reading of Scripture, they have and will come across passages of Scripture that seem to contradict each other. This does not mean the Christian believes there actually is a contradiction. Rather, because God inspired over 40 human authors across 1,500 years, each writer, in their time in history or context, may be looking at the same event from a different angle. Every honest reader of the text will struggle with reconciling certain passages with others. At the end of the day, though we may struggle to interpret certain passages of Scripture, we trust in the character of God that he has truthfully inspired the authors of Scripture in what they have written. God’s word can be trusted, its content can be harmonized and its message is unified.

Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Vol. 2 will serve as an introduction and quick reference guide for sorting out supposed Bible contradictions. This book would serve school age children well as an easy to understand guide that is not technical or academic as well as new believers. Laymen will also find this book helpful in their own study and in answering the challenges of unbelievers to the text of Scripture.

NOTE: I received this book for free from Master Books in return for a review and was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

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