When I was offered the chance to read this book, I jumped at the chance because this is the kind of thing that we are going over in my Sunday School class at church. Proof for (and against) the resurrection...being able to give an account for what we say we believe by knowing the truth about both sides and being creating a knowledgeable defense when the conversation comes up. But I have to say...this title went straight over my head.
Charles Foster is a barrister in England (an attorney, for us American's) and he does an excellent job of presenting both sides of the "argument" in the case of the resurrection of Christ. He gives the non-Christian viewpoint (represented as "x") and follows up with the Christian thought process ("y"), allowing the reader a full understanding of where each side is coming from. But, for a newbie into this heavy research, he gave so much information in such complex sentences that I felt like I had to re-read each line to fully comprehend all that he said. Kind of left me flipping thru, reading here and there and ultimately deciding to pass this one onto the leaders in my class to read, digest, and teach back to us in terms I might better understand.
An unbiased examination and compelling courtroom presentation revealing the undeniable facts of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Intelligent, fair, and remarkably compelling, The Jesus Inquest argues the case both for and against the resurrection of Christ. Point-by-point, Foster, in turn as both barrister X and Y, leaves no theological stone or dissenter's rock unturned as he digs for answers and the truth. In the end he is more convinced that Jesus is real, that He did rise again, and that He lives to offer forgiveness and hope to all who come to Him.
I appreciate his willingness to do such tremendous research and spend his time to give it all out to the public to learn from...just not my kind of book.
**Thomas Nelson provided me this book for review purposes & is allowing me to keep this title once finished. I get no other compensation...other than the chance to fill my heart and soul with an excellent read. :) **