Josh McDowell, born 1939 in Union City (Battle Creek), Michigan, is a Christian apologist, evangelist, and author. Of his numerous books, his best known titles are More Than A Carpenter, Evidence That Demands A Verdict, and Right from Wrong.

Biographical sketch

He initially intended to pursue legal studies aimed at a political career and began studies at Kellogg College in Michigan. As an atheist at college he decided to prepare a paper that would examine the historical evidence of the Christian faith in order to disprove it. However he converted to Christianity and subsequently enrolled at Wheaton College, Illinois, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. He went on to receive his M.Div from Talbot Theological Seminary of Biola University, La Mirada, California.

In 1982 McDowell was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, in recognition of his ministry and writings. McDowell was also a visiting lecturer at that school in the 1980s.

Most of McDowell's writings have been apologetic in nature, addressing challenges posed by non-Christians. His apologetic methodology can be deduced from his writings and clearly stands within the evidentialist tradition of Christian apologetics -- presenting positive arguments to commend belief in Christ by emphasising historical and legal proofs to establish the authenticity of the biblical texts and the divinity of Christ. His evidentialist approach to apologetics is similar to that of apologists such as John Warwick Montgomery, Norman Geisler, Gleason Archer, and Gary Habermas.

Works

  • Prophecy: Fact or Fiction, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1981.
  • More Than A Carpenter, Tyndale House, Wheaton, 1977.
  • Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Revised Edition, San Bernadino, California, 1979.
  • Daniel in the Critics' Den: Historical Evidence for the Authenticity of the Book of Daniel, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1979.
  • Answers to Tough Questions, with Don Stewart, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1980.
  • More Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Revised edition, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1981.
  • The Resurrection Factor, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1981.
  • Reasons Skeptics Should Consider Christianity, with Don Stewart, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1981.
  • Guide To Understanding Your Bible, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1982.
  • The Islam Debate, with John Gilchrist, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1983.
  • Jesus: A Biblical Defense of His Deity, with Bart Larson, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1983.
  • Handbook of Today's Religions, with Don Stewart, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1983.
  • Evidence for Joy, with Dale Bellis, Word, Waco, 1984.
  • His Image, My Image, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1984.
  • The Secret of Loving, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1985.
  • Why Wait? with Dick Day, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1987.
  • He Walked Among Us: Evidence for the Historical Jesus, with Bill Wilson, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1988.
  • Right From Wrong, with Bob Hostetler, Word, Dallas, 1994.
  • The One Year Book of Josh McDowell's Youth Devotions, with Bob Hostetler, Tyndale House, Wheaton, 1997.
  • New Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Word, Nashville, 1999.
  • Disconnected Generation: Saving Our Youth From Self-Destruction, Word, Nashville, 2000.
  • Beyond Belief to Convictions, with Bob Hostetler, Tyndale House, Wheaton, 2002.

Biography

  • Josh: The Excitement of the Unexpected, by Joe Musser, Here's Life Publishers, San Bernadino, California, 1981. Also released under the title A Skeptic's Quest.

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