Have you ever heard the saying, “God has no grandchildren?” Our kids can not ride into heaven on our coattails. They have to choose a personal relationship with God all on their own, and they have to develop that relationship independently of us. But for this generation especially — a generation born into the Information Age, where answers (both true and false) to every conceivable question on planet earth are at their fingertips — truth is no easy thing to establish. This generation demands evidence. They want hard, tangible facts before they are willing to hitch their ride to any one bandwagon of belief. And that is a beautiful thing because if we can give our kids the tools to find cold, hard evidence for their faith, we can be confident about two things:
- They won’t be shaken when they are attacked for their beliefs.
- And they will be strong witnesses to their generation.
That is why apologetics is a mandatory subject in the Stahlmann and Hagaman families. For our older kids, we have been fortunate to have had author Clayton Brumby teach a challenging apologetics course that examined historical, scientific, cosmological and archeological evidence for the claims of Christianity. It was definitely the most difficult course my older daughter ever took, but it was also her favorite. Clayton recently published the book Do You Still Think God Is Good? Candid Conversations About the Problem of Evil. We are so grateful for the valuable work that Clayton is doing, but sadly, the apologetics course is not available at this point for my younger kids.
Maybe that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to review the new Apologetics Study Bible for Students by Holman Bible Publishers. By the way, if this is at all intriguing to you, keep reading because I’m going to tell you how you can be entered in a drawing to receive a free copy of this Bible!
The study Bible teach apologetics through a variety of features that are woven into the pages from Genesis to Revelation. These include:
- Book Introductions for each of the 66 books of the Bible
- Study Notes provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture
- 120 Articles written by today’s leading Christian thinkers dealing with life’s ultimate questions
- 60 “Twisted Scriptures” address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to the historic Christian teaching
- 50 “Bones & Dirt” feature important archaeological discoveries with an apologetics value
- 50 Notable Quotes from influential people throughout history
- 25 Tactics to equip students to withstand opposition to Christianity by outlining tactics and strategies for handling frequently heard anti-Christian arguments
- 20 Personal Stories to encourage and strengthen readers in their faith by describing how God has worked dramatically in people’s lives
- 20 “Top Five Lists” that help readers remember significant apologetics topics.
I have to say, I found myself sucked into reading through many of these features, especially the articles. Every time I would approach a new title — like “Do Psychics Have Supernatural Power?’ and “Is Alcohol Bad?” and “Are UFOs Real?” and “Is Pornography That Bad?” — I would feel a kind of nervousness, wondering what they would say about this topic. But in most cases, I was really comfortable with their responses. I would have liked them to take a more direct stance in the article “How Old Is The Earth?” but I respected their comparisons between the Old Earth Creationist beliefs and the Young Earth Creationists beliefs and their assertion that according to Romans 14:1, “we should not break fellowship about issues of peripheral importance.”
This was my first experience with the HCSB translation, and being a King James girl, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. But I have to say that I found it to be a comfortable read. HCSB is a more literal translation than the NIV, but not quite as literal as the NASB, ESV, NKJV or KJV. I was concerned that the poetic beauty of some of my favorite verses would be lost, but for the most part, those verses still had a gentle esthetic. The HCSB is a new translation from the original language and not a revision of a previous translation. The team of 100 international and interdenominational scholars and proofreaders translated a collection of early manuscripts, along with the Dead Sea Scrolls and other recent discoveries, and for New Testament passages that have be excluded from many other translations, the HCSB included them all (some in brackets) for the sake of antiquity, which I appreciated.
A Good Study Tool
The Apologetics Study Bible for Students is a good study tool to supplement a strong apologetics curriculum. It will allow your middle or high schooler to explore truth in the midst of their daily reading plan and reinforce what they are studying. If you don’t have access to a good apologetics class in your area, check out these resources:
- Lee Strobel Books — These are must have in every apologetics library.
- The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict — by Josh McDowell
- The TrueU Video Series — Does God Exist?, Is The Bible Reliable?, Who Is Jesus?
- The Truth Project
- The Intelligent Design Collection
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