How do I answer the skeptic who views the Old Testament as myth?

How does one answer the skeptic who views the historical accounts of the Old Testament as myth? The absence of chariots at the bottom of the Red Sea is one I've been asked recently. Another point that I've been exposed to lately is the assertion that in the area of the Mediterranean Sea there were multiple cultural myths of a god man who dies and returns to life of which the Christian story is but one. How does one respond to such dismissal? I've read that up until the 1940's, archeologists were beginning to grant a certain veracity to various historical accounts in Scripture.

From Chuck Colson:

Vince, thanks for your question. As I write in my book, The Faith, there is plenty of archaeological evidence backing the claims of the Old Testament. In fact, the evidence is growing to the point that acclaimed historian Paul Johnson has written that it is no longer believers, but skeptics, who should fear the course of further discovery.

Just for example, for years, many scholars doubted even the existence of King David because there was no archaeological or textual evidence of his existence outside of the Old Testament. Well, there wasn’t evidence—until it was discovered! Such as an Assyrian stone tablet found in Northern Israel in the early 1990s that mentioned “the House of David” and King Asa’s victory over Baasha described in 1 Kings 15.

I would refer you to a wonderful lecture Paul Johnson gave entitled “A Historian Looks at Jesus.” It is one of the best presentations on the accuracy of the Scriptures that I’ve read. I’d also recommend the Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk through Biblical History and Culture by Walter Kaiser and Duane Garrett.

Chuck Colson