Josh McDowell starts with his testimony of growing up in a dysfunctional family and being sexually abused and how Christ changed his life. He stresses the importance of the church in order to survive and thrive and the need to work hard to find truth.
McDowell’s defense starts with the original documents, which he shows to be reliable on several counts. There are more than 33,000 manuscripts that provide a wealth of evidence. He shows several examples of these, including many he helped discover. He concludes by comparing the number of biblical manuscripts with the number of manuscripts of classical works.
Some beliefs that are widespread and rarely challenged in the academic world are inconsistent with a Christian worldview. These dogmas include:
1. All that exists is the material world.
2. Reason and liberal politics require that we deny that there are any incontestable truths.
3. Tolerance requires relativism and acceptance.
4. Moral status is a matter of desire.
5. Darwinism has refuted design.
A professor of philosophy, Beckwith explains how each dogma is internally inconsistent and shows how it differs from the Christian view of reality, which holds that society requires moral truth and that empirical science does not refute belief in God.