Friday, January 2, 2015

Author Interview: Justin Derby author of Another Inconvenient Truth

Justin Derby, author of the book Another Inconvenient Truth, stopped by for an interview.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

When I was a younger man, I used to be a year-round basketball player who only cared about his school work and his entertainment interests. As I have grown into adulthood, I have become less of a sports nerd, and more of a writer and Christian apologist. As much fun and success I had as an athlete back then, I consider my work as an apologist today to be more fun, and more rewarding.

What do you do when you're not writing?

When I am not writing or doing research on Christian apologetics, I like to watch movies, play video games, watch the occasional sporting event on television or in person, and hang out with my friends and family. I don't get to do the last one enough these days. 

When did your first start writing?

I got into writing around eighth or ninth grade. I thought throughout high school that I was going to be a sports journalist, and when I was going to college at Linfield, I was proficient in both journalistic and creative writing.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

In 2013, I stumbled across apologist Frank Turek on YouTube, and he was a man who showed that the evidence supporting the truthfulness of the bible was overwhelming, therefore making Biblical Christianity the most reasonable and logical worldview to believe. In most of the videos, he kept referring to his book I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist that he co-wrote with apologist Norman Geisler. I decided to buy the book, and after reading it all the way through several times, I decided that it was my favorite apologetics book. Even though I figured out later that some of the arguments Turek made in the book in relation to science are either weak, not consistent with their supposed world view, or contradicts the scriptures they claim to believe in, their arguments related to truth, morality, and the historical nature of the Bible are rock solid, and I use those arguments to this day. 

What inspired you to write this particular book?

As I got out of college and started paying attention to the world, I saw that things were getting progressively worse. As I started reading apologetics books and studying apologetics in general, I noticed that most of my peers who call themselves followers of Jesus didn't know the evidence supporting their faith, and in a lot of cases, they didn't seem to care; they seemed to be more interested in their relationships with people, their entertainment choices, and their own agenda. I saw a need that needed to be filled, and I am trying to fill it with this book. 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favorite chapter to write in my book was chapter six, where I wrote about the historical Jesus. When you look at the seven Roman historians I quoted from, you will notice that they either were apathetic to Jesus and the early Christians, or they were enemies of the early Christians; they had no reason to paint a picture of the historical Jesus that was completely congruent with the New Testament. On top of that, I show in the chapter that not only was the New Testament congruent with the Roman historians writings, it also contained details that the Roman historians either didn't give enough detail on, or didn't address at all. On top of that, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written within 30 years of the life of Jesus, while most of the Roman historians wrote their writings 80-90 years after the fact.

So not only are the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John the best historical documents concerning Jesus, but they show that Jesus was the most intellectual man who ever existed, and he taught a lot of things that are inconvenient to modern society. When you realize that the historical Jesus and the Jesus of the New Testament are the same person, it gets very exciting. 

What is best writing advice you can give?

Writing is a craft that anyone can get better at if they put the work in. Get some good books, study their writing style, and try to implement it in your own writing.

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?

Don't just accept what I say about my book in this interview at face value; read the book for yourself, and come to your own conclusions about what I wrote. In Acts 17:10-12, the Berean Jews were commended by the author, Luke, for checking out the scriptures every day to see if what Paul was saying about Jesus was true. Please be like the Bereans, and check out my book to see if what I wrote was true.

About the book:

In the media and the classrooms, people are told that certain things are true, certain things are right, and certain things are evil; most people just accept what they're told because the person telling them is in some position of authority, and they don't take the time to investigate whether or not what they're being told is actually true.

In his ground-breaking first book that combines apologetics with warnings about the future that our society is headed towards, Justin Derby introduces some inconvenient truths regarding:

-Cultural Christianity
-The founding principles of America
-The historical Jesus
-End Times

If you're a follower of Jesus, this is a good book to have on your shelf for getting introduced to the world of apologetics. If you're an unbeliever or someone who claims to be a believer, then prepare to face the inconvenient truth.

Visit the book's Facebook page.

About the author:

Justin Derby is a Christian apologist who runs a blog called Truth: The Objective Reality, and runs an amateur film company called Derby Productions, which exists to convey the truths of the Bible in a medium that entertains audiences. He graduated from Linfield College in the spring of 2013 with a degree in mass communication.


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