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Comic superheroes embody the hopes of a world that is desperate for a savior. But those comic creations do not have what it takes to save us from our greatest foes sin and death. Jesus Christ is able to save us because he is all that the Bible says that he is, fully human and fully divine. According to the logic of the gospel, Jesus must be everything the Bible says that he is so that he can do everything the Bible says that he does. Throughout the history of the Church, there have been bad ideas, misconceptions, and heretical presentations of Jesus. Each one of these heresies fails to present Jesus as the Bible reveals him. And each one of these heresies is embodied in a different comic superhero.
Using a comic superhero as an illustration of each heresy, Superheroes Can't Save You presents:
- a history of the deficient view of Jesus
- an investigation of contemporary proponents of that heresy
- warnings on how contemporary Christians can unwittingly fall into such bad thinking of Jesus;
- a biblically faithful correction on who Jesus is
- and an explanation of why it is important that we understand who Jesus actually is.
Many Christians may not understand the language and vocabulary of theological terms like hypostatic union, person, or essence. But they do know who Superman, Batman, and other superheroes are. By comparing something everybody already knows (who the superheroes are) with what they need to know (who Jesus is), this book makes vitally important Christian truths understandable, applicable, and heartwarming to a wide audience.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .375 (inches)|
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Throughout the history of the Church there have been bad ideas, misconceptions, and heretical presentations of Jesus. Each one of these heresies fails to present Jesus as the Bible reveals him. In Superheroes Cant Save You, Todd Miles demonstrates how these ancient heresies are embodied in contemporary comic superheroes.
Miles compares something everybody already knows (who the superheroes are) with what they need to know (who Jesus is), in a book that makes vitally important Christian truths understandable and applicable to a wide audience.
Randy Alcorn, founder and director, Eternal Perspective Ministries
"Superheroes Cant Save You is the most brilliantly creative Christology text Ive ever read. By comparing each major Christological heresy to a familiar comic book superhero, and then contrasting them to the biblical Christ, Miles shows that each heresy presents a Jesus who is unable to do what the Bible claims Jesus did. As a result, the reader is given a lucid and memorable picture of the biblical Christ."
Bruce Ashford, provost and dean of faculty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"In a world that is in desperate need for clarity on issues of faith, Dr. Todd Miles illuminates the truth about who Jesus is in a creative and compelling way. By combining his love for superheroes and his passion for the gospel of Christ, this book will engage a broad spectrum of readers as they journey through historic heresies that have plagued the church and are presented with the truth of who Jesus is. This is a fun read!"
Aaron Coe, executive director, Passion Global Institute, and assistant professor of world missions and intercultural studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
"There are not many books that combine deep theology with insightful creativity, but Superheroes Cant Save You does, and does so brilliantly. In a world searching for something bigger and better with every movie ticket, Miles shows us how each superhero undersells what only the Son of God can truly provide. This is a book you will want to read for yourself, read with your kids, give to your youth minister, then to your pastor, and then to your friends. You will want to because it is a timely and accessible work and, more importantly, it offers us a Savior bigger and better than anything Marvel and DC has to offera Savior who can truly save us."
J. Ryan Lister, associate professor of theology, Western Seminary, and director of doctrine and discipleship, Humble Beast
"Superheroes Cant Save You is a book that is culturally relevant, theologically astute, and capable of providing the reader with smiles as well as solid biblical knowledge. Youth and youth workers who disciple them will find this to be a very accessible book to promote the knowledge of our beautiful Savior."
Ron Marrs, associate professor of youth and pastoral ministries, Western Seminary, and director, Portland Youth Workers Network
"I like superheroes. I love Jesus a lot more. Its not often that Im able to bring the two together. In Superheroes Cant Save You, Todd Miles deploys some of the most iconic figures from the Marvel and DC universe to help us think rightly about the true story of historys greatest hero. This book teaches big truths in a fun way."
Russell Moore, president, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
"Who is Jesus? And who have people made Him out to be? In this engaging and insightful volume, Todd Miles clearly and faithfully unpacks the historic and biblical Christian understanding of Jesus, and compares it to familiar superheroes. Creative, fresh, and thoroughly biblical."
Christopher W. Morgan, dean and professor of theology, School of Christian Ministries, California Baptist University
"Speaking both as a theology professor and a self−professed comic geek, I cant say enough good things about Superheroes Cant Save You. This is a brilliant example of contextual, pedagogical theology expressed in the vernacular of pop culture. Miles takes the content of historical theology that is so often prone to boring exposition and makes it accessible to students of all ages in an entertaining and engaging way. Highly recommended!"
Rhyne Putnam, associate professor of theology and culture, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and pastor of preaching and vision, First Baptist Church, Kenner, Louisiana.
"It is rare to find someone who can take complex concepts and make them simple to comprehend. Yet it is here that Dr. Miles shines. One of the most central doctrines of Christianity is the nature of the second person of the Trinity, and this book makes it accessible to all. This book will also move your heart to love and worship Jesus Christ. As an added bonus, Dr. Miles childhood stories and wry sense of humor will keep you captivated all the way through. The comic book metaphor is not just for kidsits the key to understanding Christology for all ages and walks of life. I consider it a must read and will highly recommend it to the women who attend our events."
Katherine Roberts, co−founder and co−director, The Verity Fellowship