Dan Barkman | With endorsements from apologists like Frank Turek and Ravi Zacharias, I had high hopes for David Limbaugh’s Jesus on Trial and the book did not disappoint. Limbaugh-a New York Times best-selling author-revealed that he has long been fascinated by intellectual defenses of the Christian faith but finally decided to put his thoughts to writing after being challenged about his religious commitments from a longtime friend over dinner. This conversation was soon followed by a request from his publisher to switch gears in his next book from politics to theology. Limbaugh soon acquiesced to his publisher’s request and what followed was a book broad in scope while at the same time not lacking in substance.
Limbaugh’s approach was a refreshing change from the theological apriorism present in many apologetic works. Much like legal experts Gilbert West and Lord Lyttelton (both of whose conversions are discussed), Limbaugh’s method is probably best described as a form of juridical apologetics as he applies his training in law and the evaluation of evidence to the central tenants of the Christian religion. In doing so he has joined a long list of lawyers from Hugo Grotius to Sir Robert Anderson who have produced strong defenses of Christian theism. [Read more…]