Evidence Unseen: Exposing the Myth of Blind Faith
by Eric Chabot
James Rochford is a teaching pastor at Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio. I happen to live in the same city and been exposed to Xenos on several levels. They are committed to teaching and discipling as well as helping their people understand the role of apologetics. I mention this because it should be no surprise that one of their own teaching pastors has written an introductory apologetics book. Therefore, Rochford’s practical ministry has enabled him to write a book that can be shaped from first hand experience in both teaching and discipling. As someone who has been doing apologetics on a large college campus (The Ohio State University) for a number of years, I am always looking for new apologetic material that can be used to hand to college students. This is why I am so enthusiastic about this material.
Pastor Rochford tackles a number of apologetic topics in his book such as natural theology arguments (i.e, cosmological, fine tuning) and the moral argument. In the rest of the book, the author covers historical apologetics (i.e. fulfilled prophecy, the evidence for the reliability of the New Testament, which includes transmission, contradictions, the testimony of the witnesses, etc). Even though the author doesn’t use the Bible as his starting point, we can see the use of natural theology and historical arguments line up with both general and special/historical revelation. But what I find most
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refreshing about this book is that the author takes an existential approach throughout the book. Anyone that is familiar with Francis Schaeffer’s work will hear an echo of some of his work in various parts of each chapter. Given the current state of our culture, I think this is a wise move on Rochford’s part. I say this because I have lost track of the number of people who are asking “What difference does Christianity really make in the reality of life?” In other words, Rochford does a superb job of asking whether atheism passes the test of livability and existential viability. After all, all worldviews must pass these tests to be a contender in the marketplace of ideas…