“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
In his latest book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, released by Regnery Publishing (2014), author David Limbaugh records his personal journey through life as a skeptic to a steadfast believer and now an apologetic for Jesus Christ. Limbaugh meticulously uses his training as a lawyer to investigate and analyze many of the arguments made by skeptics against Christ. He tackles Christ’s humanity and divinity, biblical prophecy, pain and suffering, and scientific evidence to make a strong case for Christianity by using his own personal experiences and weaving them with solid research based on historical, scientific, archeological, literary, and theological evidence.
Limbaugh acknowledges that Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel covers only a fraction of questions skeptics (and some Christians) have about Christianity but he notes that, “these questions have answers, and in some cases, while they may not wholly satisfy, they will give…a better understanding…that there are plausible explanations….” Indeed, it is Limbaugh’s focused attention to the specific questions he addresses in his book that encourage further discussion on Christianity between Christians and skeptics alike. Through it all, he encourages skeptics to study the Bible with an open mind so they too may experience Christ’s saving grace as he did, “…examining the evidence, or reason alone can’t save us. It can only get us to the point of faith. In the end, no matter how much our intellect tells us that Christianity’s truth claims are valid, for salvation we must surrender and place our trust in Christ, and that’s a matter of the will, not the intellect.”
Limbaugh writes purposefully and his strong narrative carries the reader from one page to the next with ease making the book a scholarly, yet, enjoyable read. The book consists of thirteen chapters and a conclusion with fifty-two pages of invaluable notes for further research and examination. Although Limbaugh aims his book towards skeptics, it is also an excellent resource for Christians.
“John 3:16 (Spreading the Word).” In Open Bible. http://www.openbible.info/topics/spreading_the_word (accessed September 7, 2014).
Limbaugh, David. Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel. Washington D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2014.