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Publication Date: 2014
Did Jesus really beat death? Thats what Christians for hundreds of years have believed, that Jesus Christ returned to life after death and burial in a stone tomb. To the modern mind, resurrection is utterly implausible, but it was also doubtful to many first-century Greeks, Jews, and even some Christians. With such an incredible assertion at the heart of the Christian faith, its no wonder that some people struggle to believe.
Unlike any other book on the resurrection, Raised? encourages you to doubt in order to believe. Too often Christians look down on doubt, but in Christ, we see a person who welcomes doubt and encourages faith. Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson dont shy away from the hard questions or settle for easy answers. They help you to see how the resurrection offers hope for the future and answers for the life and death questions we all face.
I encourage Christians and non-Christians alike to read this book. . . . provocative, illuminating, and succinct.
Eileen Flynn, former religion reporter for Austin American-Statesman and Journalism and religion lecturer at the University of Texas
Wonderfully demonstrates the plausibility of the resurrection of Jesus and the possibilities for a life of hope.
Sean McDonough, professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and author of Christ as Creator: Origins of a New Testament Doctrine
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5For those who doubt Jesus' resurrectionMarch 22, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has always been an essential part of the gospel. Believing that Jesus died is one thing - believing that He rose again is quite another.
If you doubt the resurrection, that's good, the authors write. "Anything worth believing is worth questioning." They want you to make sure you have good reasons for believing or not believing in the resurrection.
The authors explore the biblical characters who doubted, the vast number of Christians who do believe it today, and the consideration that it just might possibly be true. They review the Greek and Jewish thought at the time of Jesus and how hard it would have been for them to believe in a resurrection. They explore the role the resurrection has had in human history and what it means to individuals. The belief structure around the resurrection is reviewed (such as faith and sin). The benefits of believing in the resurrection and living that truth are also explained.
If you have thought about Jesus' resurrection but have doubts, this would be a good book for you to read. The authors show that Jesus' resurrection is intellectually plausible. They show how life is changed when you believe in the resurrection and what it means to you if you do not embrace the resurrection. It is not a technical book nor is it filled with carefully crafted arguments. It reads as if you were across from the authors sharing a time of coffee.
As they write at the end of their book, Jesus is the one we were made for. Reading this book will help you understand why.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this independent and honest review.