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Book: Can I Really Trust the Bible?

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For those of you in Almyra, no, that is not the same Barry Cooper that we all know and love. I know how that Barry Cooper answers the titular question. He says “yes” and the moves on with the day.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for the review.

Christianity as a religious faith rises and falls on whether or not Jesus is real, and whether or not He is really risen from the dead. Given that theological assertion, though, our knowledge of Jesus rises and falls on whether or not we can trust the Bible to teach us about Jesus. If we cannot trust the Bible, then we really don’t know much about Jesus at all.

Into this discussion come some really weighty books. Seriously, by the pound weighty books. And then comes Barry Cooper’s Can I Really Trust the Bible? which is a relative lightweight in the discussion. Why? Because it’s short.

Not as short as a fundamentalist work would be: “Yes.” But short, nonetheless. He produces a slim 80 pages, with easily readable font, to address this question.

His argument begins from a point of faith declaration, showing that His start is with the text of Scripture being, well, Scripture. Then he moves on to explore evidences for the trustworthiness of the Bible. He also references Winnie the Pooh, which is almost always a positive for me.

Cooper provides basic responses to the most common questions about the Bible, including what is the internal evidence for Biblical trustworthiness? What are external evidences?

It is true that some of these answers are more simplified than some works are, but it’s still a very good first-level book. I’d recommend it for church study groups and individual growth. Makes a great stocking stuffer, too, for the budding Bible nerd in your life.

Free book provided through Cross-Focused Reviews for the GoodBook Company. I liked it.

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