I was elated to read this book, I eagerly waited for it to arrive in the mail. Not many books exist in the defense of Jesus Christ as our only Savior.
Pastor Lutzer has written this book with easy to understand vocabulary. There's so many new terms/phrases that have developed with time which are prominent in this age of tolerance such as; pluralism, inclusivism, exclusivism, selectivism, social tolerance, legal tolerance, uncritical tolerance, among others that I had heard before but didn't exactly know their meanings. I found the first 3 chapters very informative and helpful in understanding apologetics vernacular (which I, most often than not, feel lost with). Each chapter focuses on an account for the defense of Jesus as the only Savior with Biblical evidence, comparison of other deities/ religions, logic, and philosophy. Pastor Lutzer also includes anecdotes and personal experiences which make the reading more engaging. The arguments made are clear and logical in response to any skeptic of the faith. I primarily picked this book because I wanted to expand my apologetics skills and was not wholly disappointed. I have had many conversations with skeptics and always struggled with defending my faith for lack of "logical" reasoning (1 Peter 3:15) but have found the definitions and arguments very helpful. I agree with and marked down this quote, "You are entitled to your own private opinion, but you are not entitled to your own private truth!" Needless to say, I underlined, marked and highlighted this book like crazy. Reading this book and studying the Scriptures together, has helped me made sense of some of the arguments that plague skeptics and how to answer them without straying from Biblical truth. I love that the Bible, can in fact, be used against those who don't believe in it and debunks the all too worn out argument I hear a lot, "You cannot use the Bible to defend itself against those who don't believe in it." All in all, this book sets down to do what it said it would do: "describe the uniqueness of Christ, defend the claims of Christianity, and debunk the myths that many tout." I would recommend this book to those who have doubts about Christ but are willing to investigate and for Christians looking to learn how to defend their faith.
I received a free copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.
Erwin Lutzers book titled Christ Among Many gods is similar to Ravi Zacharias book titled Jesus Among Other Gods. Both are attacks on religious relativeness. Mypreference is Lutzers work. Ravi Zacharias starts his book talking his lifes journey before accepting Jesus as His own Savior. His approach is less analytical and more anecdotal. Lutzer does use his own fairly recent encounters with those who believe in religious relativeness and his response to those who hold this contrary view. Lutzers work is more cholarly.<BR>How does one want to perceive Jesus: mere man or God? To believe scripture or to cast Him differently? Does one want to incorporate Jesus into other belief systems? Those who preach relativeness seek to portray Jesus as mere man or to portray him as one of many gods. Scripture depicts a different Jesus. Jesus is the Christ because He is God who became man while staying God. Not a god but the only God; Lutzer argues that Jesus Christ cannot be ncorporated into another belief system. <BR> Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22 RSV)
This book has been written so lucidly at the same time with alot of emphasis on the uniqueness of Christ. It is an excellent book. Every Christian should have gone through this book at least for the sake of answering the questions which are put forward by our friends. One among the good books I have ever read in Apologetics. Hope you will enjoy reading this! May this book help you stand as an apologist where ever you are!