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In Defense of the Bible

In Defense of the Bible

by Steven B. Cowan, Terry L. Wilder



In Defense of the Bible gathers exceptional articles by accomplished scholars (Paul Copan, William A. Dembski, Mary Jo Sharp, Darrell L. Bock, etc.), addressing and responding to all of the major contemporary challenges to the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture.

The book begins by looking at philosophical and methodological challenges to the Bible—questions about whether or not it is logically possible for God to communicate verbally with human beings; what it means to say the Bible is true in response to postmodern concerns about the nature of truth; defending the clarity of Scripture against historical skepticism and relativism.

Contributors also explore textual and historical challenges—charges made by Muslims, Mormons, and skeptics that the Bible has been corrupted beyond repair; questions about the authorship of certain biblical books; allegations that the Bible borrows from pagan myths; the historical reliability of the Old and New Testaments.

Final chapters take on ethical, scientific, and theological challenges— demonstrating the Bible's moral integrity regarding the topics of slavery and sexism; harmonizing exegetical and theological conclusions with the findings of science; addressing accusations that the Christian canon is the result of political and theological manipulation; ultimately defending the Bible as not simply historically reliable and consistent, but in fact the Word of God.


Author Information

  • Dr. Cowan is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also on staff with the Apologetics Resource Center and the editor of their apologetics magazine Areopagus Journal. He is the general editor of Five Views on Apologetics (Zondervan, 2000) with contributors, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, John Frame, Kelly James Clark, and Paul D. Feinberg, as well as editor of Who Runs the Church: Four Views on Church Government (Zondervan, 2004) with contributors Paige Patterson, Peter Toon, L. Roy Taylor, and Samuel Waldron. Both books are part of the “Counterpoints Series” published by Zondervan Publishing House. Dr. Cowan is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Society of Christian Philosophers, and the American Philosophical Association. He is an adjunct professor at Birmingham Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Cowan earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern Mississippi; an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arkansas. Theological persuasion: Reformed Southern Baptist.

  • Wilder serves Midwestern Seminary as Research Professor of New Testament and Greek. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, an M.Div.BL. from Southwestern Seminary, and an M.A. from Dallas Baptist University. He is a prolific contributor of papers to theological conferences and has authored several articles and two books: Faithful to the End: An Introduction to Hebrews through Revelation (B & H Academic, 2007), and Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Deception (University Press of America, 2004). He is passionate about canon and text, the biblical languages, and the need to interpret the New Testament in its original context. He often preaches and teaches in churches, leads mission trips, and speaks on ethical issues. Wilder also serves as Academic Acquisitions Editor for B & H Publishing Group in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Denise and their two boys, Ian and Aaron.