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Josh McDowell Bio | Josh McDowell Biography | Who Is Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell born Joslin McDowell is a Evangelical Protestant Christian apologist and evangelist. He is the author or co-author of over 150 books. His book Evidence That Demands a Verdict was ranked 13th in Christianity Today’s list of most influential evangelical books published after World War II. Other well-known titles are More Than a Carpenter, A Ready Defense and Right from Wrong.

Josh McDowell Age

He was born 17 August 1939 in Union City, Michigan, United States. He is 79 years old as of 2018.

Josh McDowell Family

He is son to Wilmot McDowell, Sr. his father and Edith McDowell, his mother. He is husband to Dottie Youd with whom they have four children. He is father to Sean McDowell(son), Kelly McDowell(Daughter), Heather McDowell(daughter) and Katie McDowell(daughter).

Josh McDowell Son

He has a son called Sean McDowell.

Josh McDowell Books | Josh McDowell Books List | Josh McDowell Bücher

  • Evidence That Demands A Verdict, First published 1972. Revised Edition, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1979.
  • More Than A Carpenter, Tyndale House, Wheaton, Illinois, 1977.
  • Daniel in the Critics’ Den, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1979.
  • Answers to Tough Questions, with Don Stewart, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1980.
  • Givers, Takers and Other Kinds of Lovers, with Paul Lewis, Tyndale House, Wheaton, 1980.
  • Reasons Skeptics Should Consider Christianity, with Don Stewart, Here’s Life Publrs, San Bernardino, California, 1981.
  • More Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Revised edition, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1981.
  • The Resurrection Factor, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1981.
  • Prophecy: Fact or Fiction, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1981.
  • The Myths of Sex Education, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1981.
  • Guide To Understanding Your Bible, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1982.
  • Understanding Secular Religions, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1982.
  • Understanding Non-Christian Religions, with Don Stewart, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1982.
  • The Islam Debate, with John Gilchrist, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1983.
  • Jesus: A Biblical Defense of His Deity, with Bart Larson, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1983.
  • Handbook of Today’s Religions, with Don Stewart, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1983.
  • Evidence Growth Guide, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1983.
  • Evidence for Joy, with Dale Bellis, Word, Waco, 1984.
  • His Image, My Image, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1984.
  • The Secret of Loving, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1985.
  • Why Wait? with Dick Day, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1987.
  • How to Help Your Child Say “No” to Sexual Pressure, Word Books, 1987.
  • He Walked Among Us: Evidence for the Historical Jesus, with Bill Wilson, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1988.
  • Skeptics Who Demanded a Verdict, Tyndale House, Wheaton, 1989.
  • The Dad Difference, with Norm Wakefield, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, California, 1989.
  • A Ready Defense, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee, 1990.
  • The Occult, with Don Stewart and Kurt Van Gorden, Here’s Life Publishers, San Bernardino, CA, 1992.
  • Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, Concordia Publishing House, 1992.
  • Right From Wrong, with Bob Hostetler, Word, Dallas, 1994.
  • The Father Connection: 10 Qualities of the heart that empower your children to make right choices, B&H Books, Nashville Tennessee 1996.
  • The One Year Book of Josh McDowell’s Youth Devotions, with Bob Hostetler, Tyndale House, Wheaton, 1997.
  • New Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Word, Nashville, 1999.
  • See yourself as God sees you, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, 1999.
  • Disconnected Generation: Saving Our Youth From Self-Destruction, Word, Nashville, 2000.
  • Beyond Belief to Convictions, with Bob Hostetler, Tyndale House, Wheaton, 2002.
  • The Last Christian Generation, Green Key Books, Holiday, Florida, 2006.
  • The Da Vinci Code: A Quest For Answers by Josh McDowell
  • Evidence for the Resurrection, Regal Books, Ventura, California, 2009.
  • The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith, Harvest House Publishers, 2010
  • Evidence for the Historical Jesus: A Compelling Case for His Life and His Claims, Harvest House Publishers, 2011.

Josh McDowell More Than A Carpenter | Josh And Sean McDowell More Than A Carpenter

A perfect New Testament companion for Josh McDowell’s best selling book More Than a Carpenter. The More Than a Carpenter NLT New Testament gives you what you need to explore the truth about Jesus, once a carpenter in the town of Nazareth, but so much more.

The More Than a Carpenter Scripture Index references back to Josh McDowell’s best-selling book, asking important questions for anyone wrestling with the question, Who is Jesus? Then the index points to the text of the New Testament for answers about his true identity as the Messiah and Son of God.

The New Testament text is from the easy-to-read New Living Translation, making it easy to read through the gospel narratives of Jesus’ life and the letters written by those who knew him best. Additional indexes point the reader to the most important of Jesus’ miracles and messages, making it easy to dig deeper.

Originally published: 1977
Author: Josh McDowell
Genre: Christian literature

Josh McDowell Evidence That Demands A Verdict | Josh McDowell The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict

A classic, authoritative defense of Christianity containing arguments from the best apologetics of the ages. Scholarly, intelligent resposes for those who question or attack the basis of Christian faith.

Originally published: 1972
Author: Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell Ministries

In 1964, he became a traveling representative of Campus Crusade for Christ International, a para-church ministry that operates student chapters on university and college campuses established by the late Bill Bright in the 1950’s. To this day, his close affiliation with the organization continues.

McDowell’s full-time ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ began with his appointment as a campus speaker in Latin America, where he interacted with both Marxist and Fascist student groups. He subsequently returned to North America where he became known as an itinerant speaker addressing campus groups about the Christian faith.

He gained wide fame as a Christian apologist with the publication of Evidence that Demands a Verdict in 1972.

Part of his speaking ministry has focused on youth issues in relationships and sexual mores and is reflected in seminars such as “Maximum Sex” and the “Why Wait?” campaign that encourages sexual abstinence before marriage. Other facets of his speaking ministry and writing have focused on issues of self-esteem (His Image, My Image), and developing faith and character (Evidence for Joy). In the 1980’s he also co-ordinated a three-month residential discipleship program in a retreat center called The Julian Center, near San Diego.

McDowell is best known for his many seminars, debates and books in Christian apologetics. In his role as a popular apologist McDowell has spoken across the United States and in many other nations, including the Republic of South Africa and Australia.

In 1983, the Josh McDowell Ministry headquarters moved to Richardson, TX and in October 2009 moved to nearby Plano, TX. The ministry employs a staff of 75 people with affiliate offices located throughout the country. Josh McDowell is the founder of the Christian ministry and Operation Carelift. Operation Carelift is an international humanitarian aid ministry that is run by Global Aid Network (GAIN) in Plano, Texas which is a branch of Cru (known as Campus Crusade for Christ until 2011). The ministry began in 1991 in the republics of the former Soviet Union.

Josh McDowell Youth Devotions

Josh McDowell’s Beyond Belief message is the foundation to launch a spiritual revolution among youth. This is a revolution to equip churches and families to raise up a generation of the cross–young people who have been transformed by Christ and the cross, who are empowered to live cross-grain to the culture and are committed to share Christ across all cultures.

Sixteen stand-alone products make up an entire family of resources that churches need to launch a church-wide revolution. These products are directed to every age group from 5 to 105, and help equip church groups and families with the tools to lead their children and youth to become transformed, passionate followers of Christ.

In this second installment of Josh’s best-selling youth devotions, Josh provides 365 daily encounters with the one true God who is beyond our belief in love and grace.

Originally published: 4 August 2003
Authors: Josh McDowell, Ed Stewart
Genre: Christian literature

Josh McDowell Movie | Undaunted Josh McDowell | Undaunted The Early Life Of Josh McDowell

Undaunted… The Early Life of Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell finds faith after enduring abuse as a child.

Initial release: 8 October 2011 (TX, Dallas)
Director: Cristóbal Krusen
Music composed by: Grant Floering
Screenplay: Cristóbal Krusen
Producer: Douglas B. Maddox
Cast: Allen Williamson, Tom Emmott, Carmella Gioio.

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Josh McDowell Bible Study

Recently I had the chance to partner with Awana to create a yearlong, systematic, top-quality apologetics curriculum for students. It is the product of my work with students for the past two decades. My friend Tim Fox (Orthodox Fox) at Free Thinking Ministries was kind enough to briefly interview me about the project. And he gave me permission to post the original interview here too. Enjoy!

Tim Fox: Who is Awana and how did you come to partner with them?
Sean McDowell: Awana is an international ministry that focuses on discipling children and teens. Most people recognize Awana from their children’s Bible memory programs (which I did as a kid). But Awana has a very significant youth ministry as well. The leadership first reached out to me to gauge my interest in helping with the Advocate series. Once I got to know them personally, and understood their vision and commitment to creating a first-class apologetics curriculum for students, I was sold!

What is the Advocates curriculum and what was your role in its creation?
The Advocates study is the second year of a comprehensive 4-year Bible curriculum for students. My friend Josh Griffin, the co-founder of Download Youth Ministry, helped develop the study for the first year: Journey: Disciples.

For Advocates, my role was to help build the content of the curriculum, plan out each individual lesson, and then be the voice for the weekly videos. But I was only part of the team! There were other curriculum designers, video editors, graphic artists, and more. The amount of resources and effort that went into this curriculum is quite remarkable (shout out to Jeremy, Steve, Zac, Betsy, Missy, and Cassie!)

How does Advocates differ from other youth curriculum or even what Awana has done in the past?
Advocates is the first comprehensive, top-quality, systematic, yearlong apologetics/worldview study designed for students in the church. There are other great apologetics resources out there, but this is the first of its kind in both quality and scope.

Why is this new curriculum so important nowadays?
Studies continually reveal that young people today are less biblically literate than previous generations. And other worldviews (such as naturalism and pantheism, which we talk about in the study) are seeping into the church. Kids are facing challenges to their faith—both morally and intellectually—at an earlier rate than previous generations. And if they are going to stand strong, they need a good foundation.

What are some of the topics it covers?
We built the curriculum to develop sequentially by tackling topics like truth, worldviews, science and faith, evidence for the historical Jesus, and responses to tough questions like evil and hell.

But we added an entire section that is my favorite—Signposts to God. Unfortunately, few apologetics curricula include these kinds of topics. But I think they’re some of the most powerful! We discuss powerful “signs” in the world that point towards purpose and design. For instance, we contend that objective beauty points toward a Divine Artist, that our storytelling nature points to a Divine Author, and that our free will (agency) points towards a Divine Agent. This section is fresh, unique, and very compelling. And it will bring a healthy balance to apologetics that is often missing.

I know people who previously used the Awana curriculum in their churches but felt it wasn’t substantive enough for them. What would you say to them about this new curriculum?
Trust me, you have nothing to worry about!

Josh McDowell Sermons

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Josh McDowell A Ready Defense

Be prepared “in season and out” with this handy reference book of faith. Timely and biblically based, Josh McDowell’s work offers defenses in 60 of the most-challenged areas of faith. All in one easy-to-reference volume, this book will strengthen your commitment and help you stand firm against challenges to the truth.

Originally published: 1990
Author: Josh McDowell
Editor: Bill Wilson

God Breathed Josh McDowell

“God said, ‘Let there be. . .’ ” And when God spoke, things happened. Recapture the awe, the mystery, the passion and power of scripture in God-Breathed—where you’ll personally experience a life transformed by the One who spoke everything into existence, including you.

Originally published: 2015
Author: Josh McDowell
Genre: Christian literature

Evidence For Christianity Josh McDowell

Whether debating Marxists, college professors, or Islamic apologists, Josh McDowell’s hallmark has always been to walk boldly into enemy territory and speak truth. This book is based on the expectation that, with a growing number of adults becoming increasingly skeptical toward Christianity, there is a need for a solid body of persuasive evidence to be presented to them. This is a sourcebook for doubting seekers as well as current believers who need persuasive information to share with friends. Evidence for Christianity is McDowell’s compelling answer to the hard questions so many Christians are afraid to discuss.

Originally published: 2006
Author: Josh McDowell

The Secret Of Loving Josh McDowell

McDowell explores the values and qualities that will help the reader, whether single or married, to be the right person for someone else.

Originally published: 1985
Author: Josh McDowell
Genre: Christian literature

Josh McDowell Apologetics

As a practitioner of Christian apologetics, McDowell’s writings have concentrated on addressing challenges to belief, questions posed by non-Christians, doubts about faith, and non-Christian religions. McDowell tends to present positive arguments to commend belief in Jesus Christ by emphasizing historical and legal proofs to establish the authenticity of the biblical texts and the divinity of Christ.

In books such as Evidence That Demands a Verdict, The Resurrection Factor, and He Walked Among Us, McDowell has arranged his arguments by laying out a cumulative case of evidence, such as archaeological discoveries, the extant manuscripts of the biblical texts, fulfilled prophecies, and the miracle of the resurrection. In More Than A Carpenter he blended historical argument with legal arguments concerning the direct witness and circumstantial evidences for Jesus’ life and resurrection. He employed a similar line of argument in his debate titled ‘Was Christ Crucified?’ with the South African Muslim Ahmed Deedat in Durban during August 1981. McDowell claims that the “evidence for Christianity in the Scriptures is not exhaustive, but it is sufficient.”

Other Foch of his apologetics have included challenging the methodology, assumptions and conclusions drawn in higher criticism of the Old Testament and form and redaction criticism of the gospels. His work in this area has consisted of a popular summary of scholarly debate, particularly from Evangelical discussions about higher critical theories. In the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s his apologetic writings interacted with challenges expressed in popular books like The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, The Lost Years of Jesus, and the writings of the humanist George A. Wells.

He has also collated apologetic arguments concerning the doctrine of Christ’s deity as in Jesus: A Biblical Defense of His Deity. In two companion volumes he and his colleague Don Stewart have addressed popular questions and objections to faith concerning biblical inerrant and Bible discrepancies, Noah’s Flood, and creation versus evolution.

McDowell and Stewart have also popularized the arguments of other apologists in the Christian counter-cult movement, particularly the work of Walter Martin, in the Handbook of Today’s Religions. In their criticisms of cults and occult beliefs McDowell and Stewart concentrate on doctrinal apologetic questions, especially pertaining to the deity of Christ, and pointing out “heretical” beliefs in the religious groups they profile which they consider to be unorthodox.

McDowell’s approach to apologetics falls under what Protestant theologians classify as “classical” and “evidential.” In either of these approaches to Christian apologetics, it is assumed that arguments defending the Christian faith can legitimately be directed to both believers and unbelievers because the human mind is viewed as able to comprehend certain truths about God. Presuppositional apologetics, on the other hand, questions this methodology by arguing that since unbelievers partially suppress and resist the truth about God (as Paul states in Romans 1:18–20), the problem of unbelief is also an ethical choice and not simply a lack of evidence.

Josh McDowell Evidence

A classic, authoritative defense of Christianity containing arguments from the best apologetics of the ages. Scholarly, intelligent resposes for those who question or attack the basis of Christian faith.

Originally published: 1972
Author: Josh McDowell

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A Ready Defense The Best Of Josh McDowell

Be prepared “in season and out” with this handy reference book of faith. Timely and biblically based, Josh McDowell’s work offers defenses in 60 of the most-challenged areas of faith. All in one easy-to-reference volume, this book will strengthen your commitment and help you stand firm against challenges to the truth.

Originally published: 1990
Author: Josh McDowell
Editor: Bill Wilson

Josh McDowell Devotional

The Traveler and the Monks

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:14-16

Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God. 1 Peter 2:12

THE STORY IS told of a mysterious traveler who once visited an old, run-down monastery. At one time the monastery had thrived; it was known for the devotion of its monks. Young men came from far and wide to join the monastery.

At the time of the traveler’s visit, however, all that had changed. Only a handful of monks remained, and they could hardly stand each other. The once-spotless buildings had begun to fall down, and the worship of the monks was uninspired.

The monks told the traveler the dismal story of their monastery. They begged the traveler to stay and help them rebuild, for if something was not done, the monks and monastery would soon die. But he refused. “I cannot help you to rebuild your monastery or restore hope to your order. All I can do is to tell you that one of you is a true apostle of God.” And with that, the mysterious traveler left.

The monks were amazed at the traveler’s words, and each one began to secretly ponder their meaning. Could it be? each thought. Could one of us actually be a true apostle of God? Could it be the abbot? If not the abbot, who? Perhaps Brother Phillip. Or Brother Thaddeus? Or perhaps . . . perhaps even . . . even me?

Little by little that old monastery began to change. The monks began to treat each other with new respect, not knowing which of them was a true apostle. In fact, each monk even began to treat himself differently, not knowing if he were the one of whom the traveler had spoken. Over the course of time, the monks began to repair the monastery’s decaying buildings, to make them suitable as a home of a true apostle of God. Their worship became charged with passion and praise; after all, they knew that a true apostle of God was worshiping among them.

As more time went by, people who passed by and visited the monastery noticed something that had not been there before. Although their number was small, these monks truly seemed to love and respect each other. Before long, people began to visit the monastery to worship with the monks. Younger men began to arrive at the monastery, asking questions. Many chose to stay and join the order. Within a few years, the monastery was thriving once more, and without realizing it, each of the monks had himself become a true apostle of God.

REFLECT: What effect did the traveler’s words have? How does the story relate to today’s Bible reading? The story of the traveler and the monks is a nice story, but do you think treating others with respect can change things that much? Why or why not? Do you think it can change you? your family? school? church? If so, how?

PRAY: “Lord, help me to make a conscious effort today to treat each person—including myself—as if he or she were a true apostle of God.”


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Josh McDowell Quotes

  • The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb, but rather the empty grave clothes – undisturbed in form and position.
  • After I set out to refute Christianity intellectually and couldn’t, I came to the conclusion the Bible was true and Jesus Christ was God’s Son.
  • Christ appeared alive on several occasions after the cataclysmic events of that first Easter.
  • Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
  • Where I once constantly lost my temper, I found myself arriving at a crisis and experiencing peace.
  • Jesus claimed He had the power to raise himself from the dead and His followers would be raised from the dead. That’s a unique claim in the literature of religion.

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Evidence For The Resurrection Josh McDowell

A fascinating look at the claims of the Gospel writers and 2,000 years of believing Christians. Bestselling author Josh McDowell and his son Sean examine the compelling evidence and conclude that Jesus Christ conquered death and the grave! In clear, concise and accessible chapters, Josh and Sean present the facts about the resurrection and what it means for readers today.

Originally published: 31 December 2008
Authors: Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell

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The Father Connection Josh McDowell

“As a young father I was running scared . . . I feared the culture would capture my kids . . . but I figured if I could find the ultimate model of fatherhood and then emulate that model, I had a fighting chance.” Updated and redesigned for a new generation of dads, Josh McDowell’s ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner The Father Connection looks at ten parenting qualities inspired by the ultimate model of fatherhood. Embracing these godly characteristics will make all the difference in a child, boosting self-esteem and sense of purpose, helping him or her to: • Feel loved and secure • Develop a reputation of integrity • Know their dad keeps his promises • Stand up to unhealthy peer pressure • Avoid drug and alcohol abuse • Save sex until marriage • Desire their father’s counsel • Admit when they’re wrong • Come to their dad in times of trouble or hurt • Admire and respect their father as their parent

Originally published: 1996
Author: Josh McDowell
Genre: Christian literature

Josh McDowell Resurrection

In Search Of Certainty Josh McDowell

This seeker-friendly book invites readers to discover that certainty involves some absolutes. It addresses postmodernists’ view of truth, pointing to the absolute truth in the person of Jesus.

Originally published: 2003
Authors: Josh McDowell, Thomas Williams
Genre: Christian literature

Josh McDowell Right From Wrong

According to Josh McDowell, our children are being raised in a society that has largely rejected the concepts of truth and morality. In Right From Wrong, McDowell offers hope and provides families and the church with a sound, thorough, biblical and workable method to clearly understand and defend the truth.

Originally published: 7 January 1994
Authors: Josh McDowell, Bob Hostetler

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