Book Review: Evidence That Demands a Verdict

I became a Christian in high school and I remember the first time I was confronted with an objection to the Christian faith. I quickly realized that even though I knew what I believed, I did not know why I believed it. All these objections were being thrown at me and I had no idea how to respond!

Soon after becoming a Christian, my youth pastor at the time gave me a copy of The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell (1999). I would read it in my car every day during my work break and it was the first apologetics book that I read from cover to cover. This book was one of the primary reasons that I became interested in apologetics.

Needless to say, I love this book and was thrilled to find out that it was thoroughly updated!


For this new edition, Josh and his son Sean join forces to showcase the evidence for the Christian faith in Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World. The first thing that struck me about the book is its presentation. I was blown away by how sleek the new edition looked along with its beautifully designed box.

But in my opinion, the best thing about the book are the updates. The McDowells didn’t just update a few sections here and there and call it a day. This effort was a complete overhaul of the previous edition including:

The changes are quite significant and include many important updates. Since the first edition of this book was published, the apologetic landscape has grown tremendously. You will find much of this newer evidence throughout the book. Additionally, new objections have also been raised since the first edition, and the new content addresses these objections in a fair and enlightening manner.

Another strong feature of the book is that it covers a wide range of apologetics issues. Even though I primarily focus on the New Testament in my apologetic writings, my favorite chapters were the ones that discussed issues in the Old Testament. I had recently ran into some objections to the historicity of the Old Testament, so the chapters on the historicity of the Exodus/Conquest were extremely beneficial to me. 

My Recommendation

I still remember the joy I experienced when I first read The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict and was overwhelmed by the evidence for the faith. I can honestly say that I experienced that same joy again while reading this new edition!

In the end, this book leaves no stone unturned. It’s not only great for beginners, but seasoned apologists will also greatly benefit from reading it. I believe that every apologist needs to have this new edition in his or her library! It’s that good.

You can purchase the book on Amazon here!

If you have your own copy already, what are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below!

**I received this book for free in exchange for a review on this site.**


6 thoughts on “Book Review: Evidence That Demands a Verdict

  1. Good review. Here’s a story for you. When I was in college, the religion department was quite skeptical about the Bible: JEDP, Q, and all that other stuff. I decided to write my honors paper as a defense of the inerrancy of Scripture–not to win them over, but simply to show that the position can be defended. To help me get started, I used interlibrary loan to request a copy of (the original) Evidence that Demands a Verdict from the Wheaton College library. They sent a copy of the book with a note saying that I could keep it; they had more.
    But that’s not where the story ends. Using that book, I identified many authors I wanted to cite in my paper, but I knew I would have to verify the quotes and check their context. So I went to Wheaton College and started looking at the books McDowell had quoted. Not only did I find all of them there, but the quotes he had cited were all underlined in the original books. I think I was walking in his footsteps, handling the very same volumes he used when he assembled his book. J.

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  2. Thank you for the information on this new publication. I have McDowell’s former publications and have benefited greatly from using them. I look forward to purchasing this

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