Book Review title

Reasons for Belief
by John M. Oakes
Illumination Publishers, 2005, 255 pages,
$15.00 (paperback), ISBN-13: 978-0-976-7583-3-4

ReasonsDr. John Oakes is one of the shining lights of the Church of Christ today. His Web site is and he heads the Apologetic Research Society which does a great deal of work in all areas of apologetics.

The main thrust of this book is the validity of Jesus Christ and the Christian system, not the existence of God. The book has nine chapters which focus on Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God, reasons for believing in Jesus including His miracles, the resurrection, and the role of prophecy.

Oakes then turns his attention to the validity of the Bible with heavy documentation from historical and archeological sources. There is a long chapter on scientific support of the Bible and a final chapter on general support for the biblical message as the Word of God.

This is an unusual book because it is focused on a specific area of study of the Christian system — not a generalized apologetic approach. It should be a very useful tool in helping counter the attempts of skeptics to denigrate the Christian system.

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