Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without ChristianityJeremiah J. JohnstonBethany House / 2019 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 13 Reviews
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Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without ChristianityAugust 1, 2018Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity, by Jeremiah J. Johnston, is an eye-opening book, designed to present a glimpse of what this world would like if it were void of Christian beliefs and/or ideologies.
To get his point across Jeremiah divides this book into three sections. The first section describes the world before Christianity, which includes chapters such as: Our Sense of the Divine, A World of Fear, and A World of Inequality. The second section addresses the world void of Christianity. It includes chapters regarding atheism, dehumanizing humanity, and the truth being what you want it to be. The third section describes the world with Christianity with a focus on new life, hope, equality, and healing.
This book makes an interesting read, thus it is a recommended purchase, especially for those seeking to gain a new perspective on how Christianity effects our society.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
danniAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Not as expectedJune 8, 2018danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I was very intrigued by the description of this book and very curious to read more. Essentially the main quest of the book is to answer the question of what would the world be like without Christianity? I wasnt sure what I expected from the book, but in the end it was more of a historical reference more than anything else.
Johnston spent a majority of the book delving into dark and evil events of the worlds history. This included topics such as slavery, oppression, womens rights, atheism, and even notorious leaders like Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. He attempts to show that Jesus and his teachings played (and still do) a significant role in the outcome of world events.
He did well at providing more details and understanding of some of the darker events of the last century. The depth of philosophy within the book was almost a detriment. There were times it seemed to drag on and miss the connection of Christ.
Johnston utilized many quotes and historical documents to uphold his claims which added to the intrigue. Unfortunately, with such a short book, he was only able to pick and choose a select few impactful events when there are hundreds more than could have brought much more context to his claims.
It definitely was not what I expected and would not recommend except to those that enjoy historical books.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
stampincass4 Stars Out Of 5Informative & Eye-OpeningMay 27, 2018stampincassQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review.
Let me begin by saying that I did honestly enjoy this book. It took me almost two months to read it. It lived up to my expectations of chronicling the impact of Christianity in our world, past and present. It exceeded my expectations in the actual writing style. Johnston has thoroughly researched this topic and presents it in a scholarly way, which meant I had to engage my brain in a way I haven't since college. Not only was I impressed with the depth that his research provides, I am in awe of the author's ability to condense 2,000 years of history into a small number of pages. Yet doing so does not weaken his argument.
The book is divided into three parts: The World Before Christianity, The World Without Christianity and The World With Christianity. While I took many courses of history in college, I don't recall any one class being dedicated to Ancient History which made that portion of the book really interesting. The perspective it provided to that life and it's correlation to life in "Bible times" was eye-opening for me. What really struck me was the echo of past history, political and religious atmospheres that can be found in our world today.
"What we find is that for all the claims of religious tolerance and inclusivity, it turns out that the
Greco-Roman world was not so tolerant after all. In effect, the policy was something like this:
"You may worship any gods you wish, but you must revere and support our gods as well."
Religious rights and equality were extended to those who followed the party line, Christians,
along with atheists, did not and so were persecuted." (pg 61)
Johnston makes it clear that Christianity has brought freedom and equality to the world. These concepts being extended to the vast majority of the population was unimaginable in Jesus' time; it is unimaginable in America to consider that they would not exist. This book had me constantly referring to the endnotes and going in search of more information on the events and people that Johnston portrays in this book. I definitely think this book is worth the read.
DanniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good BookApril 21, 2018DanniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unimaginable, what an interesting word choice for the title of Jeremiah Johnstons new book. Such a simple and yet profound word.
Johnstons goal with his book is to try to imagine what life would be like without Jesus and Christianity. Now when I read that the first time I actually kind of chuckled and wondered You can fit that all into one book?
While I am sure Johnston can come up with more examples this is such a strong book. Obviously since I am a Christian you would think that I would naturally agree with everything written. Well the truth is no.
I really do adore a good debate and love listening to peoples opinions. While each chapter had its own point to make, and did, the book still flowed well. There were things that I had never thought about before. Things I think about often. But I enjoyed gaining greater insight into these perspectives of Johnstons.
I would definitely recommend reading this book. I do feel that you may have to love history a bit to enjoy this book. Overall though it is a good read.
One last thing.. to me living in a sinful world I dont find it a hard stretch of the imagination to see what the world would be like without Jesus. What I do find Unimaginable is a future without Him.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5UnimaginableApril 17, 2018KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity, by Jeremiah J. Johnston, is an eye-opening book. It presents a picture of the world without Christian beliefs and ideas.
This book is divided into three sections. Part I describes the world before Christianity. It includes chapters such as: Our Sense of the Divine, A World of Fear, and A World of Inequality. The second part of the book addresses the world without Christianity. It includes chapters regarding atheism, dehumanizing humanity, and the truth being what you want it to be. Part III describes the world with Christianity. It focuses on new life, hope, equality, and healing.
I found this to be an interesting book. As society continues to attempt to push Christianity out of our everyday lives, this book describes what that could look like if allowed to continue, a topic Christians should seriously consider.
I would recommend this book to anyone concerned with the status of Christianity in our world today.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.