Bestselling author and attorney David Limbaugh never figured he'd write a book about Christianity. In fact, Limbaugh balked when he was first asked to do so.
But Limbaugh said that an uncomfortable dinner conversation with friends eventually prompted him to pen “Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.”
Limbaugh said the chat was with two non-Christian high school friends who challenged him to defend his faith.
“One of them said he didn't see how any Christian person could be rational," Limbaugh told TheBlaze.
Limbaugh, who spoke this weekend at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., admitted that he "didn't do much of a good job answering, so I filed that for future reference."
A few days later Limbaugh said Regnery asked him to write the book.
"I considered those events happening in such close proximity possibly being providential prompting to go forward," he said, adding that his decision wasn't immediate.
“After initially balking — because I don't have formal training in theology — I decided to do it with the idea that I might be able to reach people that were skeptics like I used to be,” Limbaugh explained.
An acknowledged religious skeptic as a young adult, Limbaugh said his spiritual views changed through his own research.
“The overwhelming weight of the evidence is in favor of the truth of Christianity," he said, adding he believes its claims "stand up to the test."
Limbaugh said he used to have difficulty reconciling the problem of evil and suffering with an omnipotent and benevolent God. But after studying the issue he was able to get his "arms wrapped around it," he said.
The author added that his doubts were due to a misunderstanding of what Gospel stands for and who Christ is — and that digging in on his own made all the difference.
“People need to quit assuming they know what the Bible is about based on what other people tell them and take a look for themselves," Limbaugh said, adding that he wants skeptics and nonbelievers to do the same and then "see if they are not intrigued.”
While Limbaugh said he believes "Jesus on Trial" can reach doubters on both sides of the political aisle, he's not so sure when it comes to those on the far, militant left who "see my last name as a red flag" and "don't trust much of what we stand for politically."
“I don't want to foreclose the possibility,” he said, adding that he even gets social media "sniping" from left-wing Christians.
Still Limbaugh said he sent copies of his book to "some liberals who are more reasonable and intellectually honest" and hopes to get feedback from them.