Does faith require that we leave our brains behind?
Not according to J. Ed Komoszewski, M. James Sawyer, and Daniel B. Wallace, the authors of Reinventing Jesus. In fact, they posit that we should use our minds to examine the totality of evidence available to “see the broad landscape” of what we believe—and to affirm that yes, Christianity is credible.
It’s written for anyone who wants to explore the historical validity of Christianity—built on the following questions introduced in the book’s introduction:
- If the first Gospels were written decades after the life of Jesus, how do we know the writers got the story right?
- If the writers got the story right, how do we know the Gospels and other New Testament documents were copied faithfully? Is what we have now what they wrote then?
- If the writers got the story right and the documents were copied faithfully, how do we know the right documents were included in the Bible? How did the church decide which ones to include? Was there a conspiracy to hide competing books?
- If the writers got the story right, the documents were copied faithfully, and the right documents were included in the Bible, what does this say about earliest belief in Jesus? Did Jesus’ followers view him as more than a man from the onset of Christianity? Or was Jesus’ divinity the invention of a fourth-century church council?
- If the writers got the story right, the documents were copied faithfully, the right documents were included in the Bible, and the Bible reveals belief in the divinity of Jesus, how do we know the whole thing wasn’t plagiarized from other religions?
Reinventing Jesus cuts through the rhetoric of extreme doubt to reveal the profound credibility of historic Christianity. Meticulously researched yet eminently readable, this book invites a wide audience to take a firsthand look at the primary evidence for Christianity’s origins. It’s for those who “embrace the biblical Christ but think faith isn’t concerned with matters of the mind”—as well as anyone looking to strengthen their already committed faith.
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