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4 Stars Out Of 5
Excellent Book (if you cut out pages 79/80)!
November 5, 2012
This does a great job of addressing common excuses made by those who embrace the casual dismissal of a "one path to God" argument. I am buying this for those I wish to reach for Christ. The reviewer who gave this 2 stars was absolutely correct in that the author strays from the Biblical truth in a couple areas at the back of the book--regarding "those who have never heard" and the "eternal damnation" doctrine. The good news is that his two errant ideas fit perfectly on one double-sided page in the book (79/80), and can easily be cut out without affecting the flow or information in the rest of the book. So that's what I do! No need to throw out the baby with the bathwater. :)
This book is definitely worth the small fee that is requisite for its purchase. There are some really great points in it throughout. I found Chapters 1 and 6 to be the ones I got the most out of. The ending is a bit strange. He does represent some controversial positions. (The thing about hell especially) But, in terms of its evangelistic message of comparative religion, I think it is fantastic. It's cheap and short, which are two bonuses for people who are not inclined to do much reading.
This book did an excellent job approaching the relevant question of, "What makes Christianity so unique?" However, I would warn anyone who reads this book or would use it to teach others: Mr. Green strays from the orthodox view of the necessity of salvation towards the end of the book by advocating the position that those who do not hear the Gospel will be saved. I was surprised to read this in the book. Mr. Green makes a great case for the greatness of the church of Christ and then downgrades it with his acceptance of this position.
I've read a few other works by Michael Green that have been very scholarly and cumbersome in nature. This one is easy-to-read yet intellectually respectable. His stated goal is to be down-to-earth and concise, and he achieves it.Green addresses such common themes as:"It doesn't matter what you believe as long are you are sincere.""Aren't all religions pretty much the same?""But surely all religions lead to God?""What makes Jesus so special, then?"After replying to these themes, Green makes a solid case for the uniqueness of the Christian faith in general, and Jesus in particular. This book is excellent reading for all believers, and for non-believers who are struggling in one or more of these areas. I recommend it highly.