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Verdict on Jesus: A new statement of evidence [Paperback]

Leslie Badham , Paul Badham
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21 Oct 2010
Written with both believers and non-believers in mind, this is a book for all who have wondered what is it about Jesus that still has the power to transform human hearts and minds. This classic work, way ahead of its time when first published, is now issued with three new chapters addressing key issues of belief in the twenty-first century.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281062277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281062270
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book is invaluable.' --Church Times

'Vigorous and convincing . . . wise, balanced, fair and very satisfying.' --Church of England Newspaper

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Leslie Badham combined his Church ministry with radio broadcasting, lecturing and writing. He was the Vicar of Windsor for 13 years and Chaplain to HM the Queen. Paul Badham is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars classlically and compelling Christ 13 Jan 2011
When in the human history has one individual so impacted the world posthumously? Originally written in 1950 by Leslie Badham, this book strives to examine the social, political, spiritual and economical impacts Jesus had on the world, both through his life and death. In this most recent republication of this classic work, Paul Badham, updates his father's work with rarity and thoroughness, where the field of academic theology meets relational apologetics excellently. The tests detailed in the first section are brilliantly unique and rigourously engaging around importance, durability, universality, inquiry, fruitfulness, excellence, truth and more! Three significant and diverse additional chapters add to this chunky 300-page work, with it's value regarding pluralistic dialogue being of value.

Warmly persuasive and Christologically illuminating, causing me to treasure the faith I hold fast to, all the more. Understated in it's impact and truly worth wider and greater popularity. Readable, logically and stretching!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shows its Age 22 Feb 2014
Don't be fooled by the appearance of this book. It looks like a new book, but was in fact originally written in the 1950s and last updated in the 1970s. The tone is one of confident assurance in one's own opinions rather appropriate in one whose youth coincided with the last days of Britain as an imperial power. In many places one feels the argument simply ignores the fact that non-Christian cultures have produced great achievements too and the superiority of Christian art, thinking and morality is too much taken for granted. In places the feel is rather condescending or patronising - smug superiority may be too harsh a description but I wanted more cogent argument and less assertion of what was presumably meant to be self-evident. There is also a tendency to post-hoc reasoning - claims made in the light of Christian belief that a non-Christian would not see any reason to accept. For instance, the description of the way in which one might expect God to act is exactly the way He does - according to the Bible - even when one might not have naturally expected that at all. Having said that there is a powerful and readable case set out here for the claim that Jesus was who he claimed (or has been claimed) to be. I actually found the three additional chapters the most interesting part of the book - bringing readers up to date on the rationality of belief, the historical Jesus research and the place of Jesus in other faiths. If you want a balanced look at the evidence in the light of the latest scholarship this is NOT the book you need; if you want to confirm what you already believe it is worth a read.
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I was given this book for my 17th Birthday, and it has continued to impress me!
Like my title suggests, this book is indeed well written. Badham is a very eloquent writer, one who can weave literary webs with such subtlety and insight that it makes one want to give back to him, in the sense of actual reflection on his message, that is!
'Verdict on Jesus' seemlessly merges from one topic to the next, all the while calmly producing strong defences and qualifications of the Christian faith, and obviously, Jesus Himself.
However, in spite of this book's brilliance, it does have but two shortfalls. First, it can be so eloquent that one can lose track of what the author is trying to say, and although incidents such as this are few and far between, it still can leave one a tad confused at certain points! Second, 'Verdict on Jesus' was written in the 1950's, and although this does not make a difference in the vast majority of its themes, now and again its age does show. For example, in one occasion it refers to the theme of the Big Bang being something that scientists are "warming to"...
However, these chronological discrepancies in no way detract from Badham's work. He has certainly offered Christendom a classic.
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