HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: I Believe Because…: A Study of the Evidence Supporting Christian Faith
Author: Batsell Barrett Baxter
Publisher: Baker Publishing House, seventhth edition published in 1976
Language level: 1
(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: Teens and adults
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Baxter, Batsell Barrett. I Believe Because…: A Study of the Evidence Supporting Christian Faith (published in 1971 by Baker Book House Company, Grand Rapids, MI). With his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Batsell Barrett Baxter (1916-1982) was a professor of Bible and speech at George Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA, and David Lipscomb College (now University) in Nashville, TN. When I was in college, I took a course in “Christian Evidences,” and Baxter’s I Believe Because… was one of the textbooks. The thirty chapters are divided into eight sections. After a two chapter Introduction, the succeeding sections cover the existence of God, how the universe began, the inspiration of the Bible, miracles, the divinity of Christ, and situation ethics, and end with a single chapter conclusion.
While the scholarship is still evident, the book is written in a popular rather than purely academic style and so is quite easy to read. Baxter was clearly a creationist himself, but some may not like his apparent compromise with theistic evolution. Otherwise, it is an extremely thought-provoking treatise that examines various theories, calmly weighs each in the balance, and demonstrates convincingly that the Christian faith is not only reasonable but vastly superior to a world view that is based on constantly shifting human wisdom. The copy I have, purchased in 1974, is the 1973 Fifth Printing, but the latest edition available is the Seventh Printing of 1976. Obviously, many newer books are out with more recent information, but the line of argumentation in I Believe Because… is still valid.