From the Preface
“Do you have any eyewitnesses?” That is the question the courts go to when reviewing a case. Many times, eyewitness accounts are taken down by the first officers on the scene, and those statements are as good as if the person comes to court and testifies. Written statements or affidavits are equally as valid as the people telling the account themselves. Deathbed accounts tend to have even more weight placed on them for their truthfulness, because it is assumed that the person doesn’t want to enter the afterlife as a liar. So the questions are as follows: “Does the New Testament have any eyewitnesses?” “Are they reliable?” “Are they verifiable?” “Were they written down?” “How specific are they? Are places, times, events, and people spoken of in their statements who would have been able to validate their message?” Absolutely! It is these eyewitnesses that will be looked into in this apologetic book along with the pattern they set for both proclaiming and defending the Christian faith.
The title of this book emphasizes that they (the apostles and evangelists) were the eyewitnesses, just as Peter states in his sermon to Cornelius and his household:
And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day. (Acts 10:39–40)