on 24 June 2011
I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It is very academic, well referenced and dispassionate. But it is also well written and clear, although the information is dense.
Basically it is putting logical arguments against some of the main points of liberal theology, particularly those put forward by the 'Jesus seminar'
It shows that this seminar ignores much investigation into the Gospels and that it often selects information based on its own agendas. In particular it questions the idea that some actions or sayings of Jesus should be ignored or assumed to be false and others thought genuine. It provides a coherent argument that they can be considered genuine... also on other points e.g. the resurrection and miracles.
I would say that it would be really useful to anyone beginning theology education or just someone who wants to look into these issues a bit more deeply.
Basically it shows that having an evangelical theology is not 'irrational' or ignoring facts. I found it really interesting.
on 13 March 2010
This book is well written and contains lots of information in support of the biblical authenticity of Jesus Christ.
It's certainly more academic than devotional, but accomplishes it's purpose of effectively refuting the claims and exposing the agenda of the Jesus Seminar. The contributing authors are well respected and well informed. Especially interesting and helpful is chapter 6, "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead," written by William Lane Craig.