by Glen H. Jones
This book was written to appeal to those who believe that Christianity is built on blind faith, devoid of an understanding of the modern scientific world. Atheists and skeptics who read this book will find their preconceived notions challenged. And those who honestly study the authors' arguments will find the claims of Christ hard to ignore.
According to Geisler and Turek, only three religious worldviews exist. The first is theism, which proclaims that God made all. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam hold this worldview. Pantheism is the second worldview, which is held by followers of Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, and the New Age Movement. This religious philosophy believes that god is all. The third and final worldview holds that no god exists. Religious humanists follow the atheistic philosophy.
Taking their arguments from religion, philosophy, logic, and science, the authors show that only Jesus Christ fulfills the demands of these moral and intellectual disciplines. The New Testament, written within a few years of the death of Jesus, proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the only means of salvation and peace with God. The historical reliability of the New Testament reveals its authenticity, a record to be believed and accepted.
Geisler and Turek's two strongest arguments are, I believe, their chapters on the resurrection and on the deity of Jesus Christ. The writers examine the eyewitnesses' accounts in the Gospels and conclude that scores of individuals saw, heard, and touched Jesus Christ after His resurrection from the dead. They also examine the false theories for the resurrection. In each case, the authors conclude that the evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming.
The evidence for the deity of Jesus Christ challenges even the skeptic. Both Old and New Testaments confirm that Jesus was promised in the Law and the Prophets. He fulfilled dozens, perhaps hundreds of prophecies concerning His coming. Isaiah the prophet proclaimed that Messiah would suffer and die for the sins of His people. The psalmist wrote that Messiah would not decay in the grave and implied that He would be resurrected from the dead. Jesus Christ's many miracles affirm His deity. Only God can heal instantly by a word or a touch. And who but God can raise the dead?
Finally, the authors challenge agnostics and atheists to honestly consider where we came from, where we are going, how we should live, and how Jesus Christ can speak to each of these statements.
Take: Highly Recommended