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There is something fundamentally right about this book. I loved the focus on Jesus as a framework for apologetics. By framing apologetics around the person of Jesus, Robertson gives proper weight to biblical revelation. Christians do not just believe in God. They believe in Jesus-our God with a human face. I appreciated this approach and find it instructive for how to engage unbelievers. Furthermore, although this is a short book, Robertson covers a lot of ground and does so engagingly and thoughtfully. (Thoughts and Prayers Online)
An engaging and easy to read book that presents responses to some of the key objections to Christianity, presents the atonement gospel, and points to why Christ is magnificent...I think this is a great book to give to non-Christian friends who are open and searching (Jennifer Guo Blogpost)
Robertson passionately presents a portrait of Jesus that is winsome, compelling, and awe-inspiring. Both casual and studious readers will devour this book, which is written in the form of correspondence with an atheist, with extensive references to Christopher Hitchens's book, God Is Not Great. In the course of reading, agnostics will be forced to grapple with well-reasoned testimony, and Christians will find their faith being built up and their arguments strengthened. (Dan Wells, Worship Pastor. Orchard Chruch, Chicago)
... addresses some of the most serious questions raised by new atheists, it does so with a style that makes it a pleasure to read. (The Monthly Record- Free Church of Scotland Magazine)
Robertson is a highly effective and winsome apologist. This book easily serves dual purposes. It helps bolster the faith of the Christian and quite ably points the genuine seeker to Christ. (Todd Pruitt)
... an encouraging example of developing a Jesus centred apologetic. This is assurance and strength of opinion here, but not stridency or abuse. (Gary Ware)
... punchy, poignant and personal. Fresh, authentic and warm, and it made me want to meet the author for a macchiato! (Evangelicals Now)
... combines theological depth with well-written prose that will help readers understand deep issues in any easy to understand style, so that they can implement the author's approach to Apologetics into their ministries... Magnificent Obsession in this reviewers opinion is one of the most engaging and theologically robust books on Apologetics out there. I highly recommend Magnificent Obsession because it provides an up-close look in how to engage those who question the Christian faith with a view to answer them with well-reasoned and biblically faithful answers. (Josh Davis- www.servantsofgrace.org)
Magnificent Obsession is a great resource for Christians concerned about sharing their faith with mutual respect. Readers interested in debate, reason, and persuasion will be especially keen on Robertson's work. (David Buller ~ christianfirst.us)
This is a book to give Christians and non-Christians alike, for it takes on the many objections from both genuine enquirers and antagonistic opponents - and answers them knowledgeably, carefully and with understanding and sympathy. David Robertson clearly and compellingly tells us that the Good News of the Kingdom of God not only gives meaning and purpose to individual lives but also shows that God's Word, the Bible, has both the vision and the means by which we can rebuild our increasingly broken society. Sin (whether individual or corporate) is the killer disease and Christ is its only cure - at every level of human experience. (Bob Graham ~ Vice Chairman, Scottish Christian Party)
David Robertson is so honest, acute and convincing, that I fear books like Magnificent Obsession will soon be banned by the new atheist censors, lest enquiring young sceptics presume to examine them.
(Dick Lucas ~ Formerly Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate, London)
This book will put fire in your heart or a pebble in your shoe; but then Jesus always does. Written by a historian, for sceptics or believers, these letters are accessible, honest, powerful and life changing. In them you'll meet the Jesus of historical fact, and the author's obsession may become your own. I just wish Christopher Hitchens could have read it.
(John Ellis ~ Consultant Opthamologist, Dundee, Scotland)
My dad wrote a book. It's pretty great.
(Becky Milburn ~ New South Wales, Australia)
David Robertson has done it again. Building on his incisive response to Richard Dawkins atheism in The Dawkins Letters David has written another series of letters explaining how to respond to friends who say there is no proof for God. In his usual vigorous and engagingly personal manner David explains precisely why the Christian teaching about Jesus is intellectually, morally and emotionally credible. This is a book for you to read and give away. I therefore recommend that you buy as many copies as you can. (John Lennox ~ Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, Green Templeton College)
David Robertson's speaking ministry and books are informed, insightful, full of wit and yet surprising depth. Robertson helps us to answer the common questions of skeptics with sensitivity, astuteness and a careful listening ear. (Rebecca Manley Pippert ~ Author, Speaker, Founder of Salt Shaker Ministries)
We will share this 'Magnificent Obsession' so that ... friends may discover not only what it means but why it matters. (Alistair Begg ~ Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio)
I love this book! It's an excellent, conversational introduction to Christianity for non-Christians and new Christians who are wrestling with questions. (Jon Bloom ~ President, Desiring God, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Dragons have been slain, elephants in the room exposed and becoming a disciple of Jesus becomes totally logical and liberating. (David Meredith ~ Mission Director, Free Church of Scotland, Inverness)
David and I disagree on a great many things, but we are unified understanding the importance of this ongoing debate. (Gary McLelland ~ Atheist, blogger and secular campaigner, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Beautifully written, laced with tasteful humour, here is a book you can give to your non-Christian friends. (R. T. Kendall ~ Previous minister of Westminster Chapel, London)
Engaging and insightful... This book is useful no matter what your experience and where you stand on matters of faith. (Tim Keller ~ Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, New York)
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As a Christian minister and apologist, David has been asked numerous questions about his Christian faith. Many of these are dealt with in this book - and he presents convincing arguments to substantiate the reliability of the Bible, the deity of Christ, the sinfulness of man, the purpose of the Cross, the invincibility of the church, the reality of Hell, the glory of Heaven, the way of salvation and the character of faith.
'The good news is NOT that if you are good you will get to Heaven. In fact, the good news is that you can never be good enough to get to Heaven. Which doesn't sound like good news until you see the Cross.'
'Unlike the death of any wise man, guru, religious founder or hero in the history of mankind, Jesus' death is where the story begins, not where it ends.'
'The message of the Cross is not only that there is nothing that you can do to oblige God to accept you, but nothing you need to do. It's all been done. But we have to have the humility to accept it.'
Well-researched, (with useful quotes from a variety of sources), well-written and well-argued, the book reveals David's love for Christ and his consuming desire to make him known. He is a worthy successor to Robert Murray McCheyne as minister of St Peter's Church, Dundee.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It will enlighten those who are seeking truth and will encourage those who have already found that truth in Christ.
I have learned a lot from it, so much so that I committed the cardinal sin of book ownership and went through it and highlighted the passages that stood out, and there are quite a lot. I have a feeling I will be turning to this book many times in the future and it deserves more than one reading.
Written in letter format it deals worth the author's own personal obsession with Jesus and the facts and theologies that have led him to his position.
It's very clearly written, well argued and it's a book I wish I had been able to read years ago when I was the angry atheist arguing with Christians. It would have save a lot of soul searching and shortened the whole process down for me from non-belief to now wanting to become an ordained minister myself.
Reference is made to a wide range of sources and at many points I was feeling the urge to read more of the particular source. Usefully, in the conclusion, there are a number of references for further reading.
The format of the book as a series of letters makes it easy to pick up and there is clear progression through the topics covered. I found my thinking in some areas was refreshed and my understanding of other areas increased greatly. Overall, well worth a read - and good for a Christmas present, too!