HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Introduction to Christian Evidences
Author: Ferrell Jenkins
Publisher: Guardian of Truth Foundation, republished in 1989
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 15 up
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Jenkins, Ferrell. Introduction to Christian Evidences (published in 1981 and updated in 1989 by Guardian of Truth Foundation, P. O. Box 9760, Bowling Green, KY 42101). The author is a personal friend and former college professor of mine. Ferrell Jenkins has been a faithful gospel preacher for many years, and one of his special areas of interest and study is evidences. At one time he edited a small paper named Evidences Quarterly. He has made many trips to Bible lands and even engaged in archaeological work there. Though now retired, he taught at Florida College, a small, independent, liberal-arts school where I attended from 1972 to 1974 and studied the subject of evidences under him.
Later Jenkins served as chair of the Biblical Studies department at Florida College for a number of years. This book was developed for his college evidences classes. When I took the course, he was still using the little 1964 booklet Internal Evidences of Christianity developed by Homer Hailey for the Florida College evidences classes which Jenkins took over when Hailey retired. Ferrell’s book follows the same basic outline but has a lot more material, updated information, and some illustrations. After a three-lesson introduction, the book includes eight lessons of the evidences for theism (including two about evolution), eight lessons of the evidences for the inspiration of the scriptures (including one “From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Versions”), nine lessons on fulfilled prophecy which is one of the strongest evidences for God and the Bible, six lessons of the evidences for the deity of Christ, and five lessons of the evidences for the resurrection of Christ which is the very foundation for accepting His deity.
While this material is aimed for college students, we used it as a basis for our older son Mark’s Bible study in his sophomore and junior homeschool curricula. Unfortunately, there are no questions for the lessons, but the Guardian of Truth Foundation also publishes a Bible class workbook Evidences for Faith, also by Jenkins, which covers some of the same material, though in much less detail, and does have questions.