Josh McDowell: “Evidence which demands a verdict”.

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# McDowell shows noticeable confirmation bias (that is, he only selects those passages which appear to support his ideas). By careful "quote mining" he implies that secularists agree with him when in fact they do not. Furthermore, he uses premises to support his conclusions. These, and the connections between them, have been successfully attacked leaveing McDowell no support for his conclusions. (Lyndall Wemm)


# http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081208140958AAIwsdz

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McDowell claims that he set out to disprove Christianity and I believe that he sincerely thinks that's true about himself. However, I honestly believe that in his heart of hearts, he wanted to believe in Christianity. I say this because I don't see how anyone could be convinced by his "evidence" unless they wanted to believe. When I read the book, I was particularly interested in the section on the prophecies that Jesus supposedly fulfilled. That's why it was recommended to me in the first place. His reasoning is so flawed most of the time that it would absolutely never hold any water with respectable scholars of religion. I believe that if you can't see why McDowell's arguments are flawed, then you just don't want them to be flawed, and as a result, you are not coming from the non-biased mindset that is required when examining evidence. … One should at least listen to any counter-arguments before deciding the verdict. (Heron by the Sea)


# http://www.positiveatheism.org/mail/eml9751.htm

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The most important thing to remember about McDowell is that his "scholarship" is slipshod at best. His obvious mistakes are such blatant examples of dishonesty as to render suspect anything else he says that cannot be easily and thoroughly verified (such as claiming that the sun exists). McDowell likes to fill his books up with obscure, unverifiable, and basically useless claims, which he grabs from whatever source, will help him appear to make his case -- no matter how flimsy the source material may be. The classic example is his use of the Josephus passage in the "Evidence" books; no Christian apologist who is both honest and informed would point to the Josephus passage in making a case for Christianity. (Cliff Walker, 2000)

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