Do You Trust the Bible?
New release from Concordia Publishing House will help you defend your faith in the Bible
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over six billion copies sold. But despite record-breaking sales and billions of believers, there are still people who doubt the trustworthiness of Scripture. In Why Should I Trust the Bible? author A. Trevor Sutton confronts accusations such as “the Bible is merely a mythological story” or “the Bible is racist” head on.
“Sutton provides a thoughtful and cogent response to the questions about Holy Scripture that opponents raise,” writes Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry, president of Concordia University Ann Arbor and Wisconsin. “Pastorally and persuasively, he also treats the troubling concerns about God’s Word that we who are believers may struggle with ourselves. A defense without being defensive, Pastor Sutton’s winsome witness to the complete reliability of the Bible as the very Word of God will engage readers on every page, equipping followers of Christ with keen and credible insights.”
Sutton examines historical evidence, firsthand accounts, and translation concerns as he compares the Bible to writings that have been deemed more credible than the Bible, such as the Book of Mormon, encyclopedias, and even Shakespeare’s works. He tests the Bible using the same rigorous standards that have been used to test those other writings. In the end, Sutton shows clear and convincing evidence for the veracity of the Bible.
Why Should I Trust the Bible? shows that when all other texts fall, the Bible still stands—as completely, undeniably trustworthy. Readers will have their tough questions answered and be equipped to confidently share their faith.
What people are saying about Why Should I Trust the Bible?
“Many have been troubled by the glib, shallow, and often ill-informed challenges to the Christian faith that permeate our society, even in its most well-respected secular news and information media. This is a book for any layperson who has been bothered by the sincere—and, at times, cynical—but misleading repetition of these challenges. Rev. Sutton explains the basic issues in straightforward, understandable language without getting bogged down in technicalities, which can be left to later exploration of particular issues. This book is the entry point for anyone who wishes to fortify their defense of the Christian faith with knowledge of the facts. Its inclusion of discussion items for each chapter makes it a convenient way to probe the issues with others who are also seeking to grow in their knowledge, or they can be used simply for one’s own review and as a spur for further study.”
—Rev. Dr. Andrew Steinmann, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew, Concordia University Chicago
“Why Should I Trust the Bible? demonstrates a style of writing our churches need. Trevor Sutton removes the jargon from theology so that all the members of Christ’s Church, lay and clergy, can learn more about the truth of God’s Word in a way we can easily understand and put to use in our daily life and witness. The title poses the question ‘Why should I trust the Bible?’ and Pastor Sutton’s answers will bless individual reading, study groups, and sermons.”
—Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, President, Concordia Seminary
“If you’ve never been asked why the Bible can be trusted, you will be. If you’ve never asked that question yourself, you should. And this brief, nontechnical volume will be of great help in beginning to formulate an answer. With both humor and humility, Trevor Sutton guides readers through some of the most common objections to Scripture’s trustworthiness, answering each winsomely and wittily—and pastorally. Highly recommended for youth and adult Bible studies and for all parish libraries.”
—Rev. Dr. Korey Maas, Assistant Professor of History, Hillsdale College
“Trevor Sutton has provided a wealth of information and explanation that is a needed antidote for our time. Why Should I Trust the Bible? identifies and responds to the many baseless but constant arguments against the authority of the Bible. Rev. Sutton’s work is easy to read and well-argued yet brief and to the point. The excursus after each chapter offers enlightening and powerful comparisons between the Bible and other texts. The question-and-answer section for each chapter is also a very helpful resource for both readers and teachers. I anticipate referencing this work often in the courses I teach and would suggest it as required reading for Lutheran high schools and universities.”
—Rev. Dr. Michael Eschelbach, Professor of New Testament, Concordia University, Irvine
“Where can we put our trust in today’s ‘headline equals truth,’ fast-paced, quick-scrolling culture? Having spent my career engaging in the digital space, I see how the onslaught of secular humanism relentlessly berates the Christian worldview. As the attacks rain down upon us, it’s only natural for Bible-believing Christians to have moments where we pause and ask, ‘Is this all true? Can the Bible that proclaims our Savior be trusted?’ In Why Should I Trust the Bible?, Rev. Sutton takes a number of myths that seek to discredit the Bible and places them on the table for discussion. Chapter by chapter, he carefully dissects each claim in detail and counters them with solid biblical truth. By taking the time to examine each claim, Sutton strengthens our confidence in the Bible and equips us to more thoughtfully share the truth with our family, friends, and neighbors in truth and love whether online or offline. I pray that this is the first in a series of apologetic books.”
—Seth R. Hinz, Assistant to the President—Web/Media Director, LCMS Michigan District
“In a time in the world when there are so many more questions than answers, this book speaks with great clarity and great precision about the reliability of the Holy Scriptures. While the thinking is deep and detailed, the writing is warm and pastoral. The author has a simple formula that leads the reader to understanding God’s plan of salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation. Simple is good! Thank you, Pastor Sutton, for this fine work.”
—Rev. Timothy M. Klinkenberg, Senior Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange, California
About the Author
A. Trevor Sutton is associate pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Haslett, Michigan, and is the author of Being Lutheran (CPH, 2016). He is currently a graduate student in writing and rhetoric at Michigan State University. Sutton has a BA from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an MDiv from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For 150 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers over 10,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at cph.org.