FOREWORD BY DR. NORMAN GEISLER:
This is a great book! Surveys show that there is a mass exodus of young adults from our churches today. Sadly, they are departing largely because of doubts they have about the Bible. More sadly is that they acquired those doubts while they were in our Sunday Schools and Youth programs!
The famous preacher, Charles Spurgeon, identified the problem over a hundred years ago: We are entertaining the goats while we should be feeding the sheep.
When I was asked some time ago what we need to do, in line with Spurgeon, I added: “We should be stop entertaining our young people and start training them.
Training them in what? In apologetics and theology. Very simply, the church has been remiss in training its youth in what we believe (theology) and why we believe it (apologetics).
I am often asked how I got involved in apologetics some 60 years ago? They answer is simple: while witnessing for Christ, I was asked questions I could not answer. I concluded that I was either going to have to get answers or else stop witnessing.
The turning point came early in my Christian experience. After being stumped by several cultist, I was challenged by a drunk in a Detroit ghetto to stop witnessing because, as he pointed out in my red-letter edition of the Bible, Jesus Himself told the disciples to “Go and tell no man.” I had no idea what that verse meant, but there it was in bright red letters in my Bible.
I had to make a decision: either stop witnessing or get answers.
I dedicated the next twenty years of my life to getting answers and the following forty years in writing them down. Many of these answer books I wrote are found in the footnotes of this excellent book by Stephen Cutchins.
Perhaps the greatest apologist of the 20th century was C. S. Lewis. In addition to his many excellent children’s books (like The Chronicles of Narnia), he wrote great apologetic books (Like Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, andMiracles). One short citation from his book The Weight of Glory (p. 50) summarizes the situation well: "To be ignorant and simple now--not to be able to meet the enemies on their ground--would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”
Prove It by Stephen Cutchins is one of the best written, best organized, and most timely books to fill the need posed by C.S. Lewis. Never has the evangelical church needed books like this more than today. Every pastor, every parent, every Sunday School teacher, and every youth worker needs this book. I highly recommend it.