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Overview In this timely book for believers, inquirers, and skeptics alike, James R. Edwards faces head-on the question of whether or not Jesus is indeed the sole savior of the world. After tracing the currents of modernity from the Enlightenment to the Jesus Seminar, Edwards contends that the assumptions of the most skeptical historical-Jesus scholars are no more intellectually defensible than the claims of faith. He then assembles extensive support to show that Jesus considered himself the unique and saving mission of God to the world. Edwards devotes the second half of the book to discussing Jesus as savior in light of contemporary cultural currents, specifically addressing the thorny issues of religious pluralism, moral relativism, postmodernism, and the quest for world peace. Illustrated with real-life stories, "Is Jesus the Only Savior?" gives a fair hearing to twenty-first-century concerns while upholding historic Christian faith.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802809812 ISBN13 9780802809810
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More About James R. Edwards
James R. Edwards is the Bruner-Welch Endowed Professor of Theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. His other books include Is Jesus the Only Savior? the 2006 Christianity Today Book of the Year in Apologetics.
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Timely and Necessary Dec 17, 2006
James Edwards has written a timely and necessary book that deserves a great deal of attention from a broad Christian community. At issue is the drift in our culture toward a type of multiculturalism which causes Christian and non-Christian alike to question whether Christ can or should be spoken of as the "only" savior.
Edwards looks, in the early chapters, on the various forms of the "quest for the historical Jesus" up to and including the historically recent conclusions of the "Jesus Seminar". As is common in many fields, some theological excursions into the quest for the Jesus of history were fully indebted to naturalism, the view that all things can and should be explained in purely natural terms. Edwards calmly and clearly asks whether such assumptions are warranted and finds the resulting conclusions wanting.
He takes the question further showing that there is a great deal of reason to trust the historical reliability of the New Testament with easy to read, cogent arguments and a judicious choice of compelling evidence. Having established the reasonableness of trusting the New Testament, he tackles the central issue - did Jesus believe himself to be God.
What is unique about the book is that it is not a mere apologetic for the historicity of the Christian faith. Edwards, having established the reasonable foundation, moves from the key questions of the 20th century in the first half of the book to the key questions of the 21st century in the second half. Postmodern theories and multicultural sentiments lead many to believe that the exclusive claims of Christianity are unwarranted, arrogant, and perhaps even a threat to world peace. Without disparaging anyone in the process, Edwards carefully deals with questions about postmodernism and exclusive truth claims, relativism and its relation to human sin, the clash of cultures and its relation to the tendency of many Christians today to embrace universalism rather than the historic view of the uniqueness of Christ.
This book hits all the critical issues at an important time. It is sholarly enough to have credibility, but readable enough for lay study. It would be a great gift for college bound kids at graduation. Highly recommended.
Defending the Uniqueness of Jesus Nov 7, 2006
These are difficult days to be a biblical Christian. In affirming the uniqueness of the Christian truth claims, we run up against a host of obstacles, such as the denial of truth, as is postmodernism; disdain of ethical absolutes, as in moral relativism; spiritual eclecticism, as in the New Age Movement; religious pluralism, as in interfaith dialogue; and theological relativism, as in liberal Christianity.
Because biblical Christianity insists that Jesus is the unique and only way to God, and the only true saviour, such claims are met with hostility and disdain in today's pluralistic climate. Yet they must be insisted upon, if we are to retain the very heart of the Christian faith.
Can a good case be put forward that Jesus is indeed who he claimed to be? Is it possible to affirm the uniqueness of Christianity in the face of other world religions and their claims? Are the New Testament documents indeed reliable? Can a case for universal truth still be made in a postmodern world? And does the insistence on Jesus being the one true way make Christianity intolerant and bigoted?
These and other important questions are more than adequately addressed in James Edward's new volume. He takes on all the challengers - be they from without the faith, such as postmodernism, or from within, such as the Jesus Seminar.
Christian particularity and uniqueness can be cogently defended, as Edwards demonstrates. Consider just one issue, that of the Jesus Seminar. This is an effort to reconstruct Jesus in the image of contemporary liberal theologians. By voting with colored ballots, they determine whether a saying attributed to Jesus is indeed authentic. In the end, they have decided that 82 per cent are not.
Of course such scepticism about Jesus and his words and deeds is not new. But what is different is the way the Jesus Seminar has marketed their results since coming together in 1985. They have managed to get a lot of free publicity, and have been able to widely disseminate their radical claims. But they have "turned the wine of myth into the cold water of reality" says Edwards.
He argues that these scholars come to the New Testament with minds already made up, with a predetermined agenda. Instead of letting the gospels speak, and recognising the high level of reliability and authority of the canonical gospels, they simply read their own assumptions into the debate. The question is, does their reconstruction best fit the evidence? Edwards thinks not.
Other meaty chapters deal with other attacks on the Christian truth claims. By the end of the book, the reader is left with the strong impression that these various attacks have not been effective, and the traditional understanding of biblical Christianity still stands.
Edwards deserves credit for nicely bringing together in one volume the various recent assaults on the Christ of Christianity, and performing a credible job of debunking those challenges.
Logic, truth, faith Oct 12, 2006
James Edwards is this age's C.S. Lewis, welcoming with warm, comfortable truths and steely images of wisdom. He coalesces deduction, induction and truth to make the case that encourages the doubter, invites the hostile and fortifies the believer. As a minor historian, I was stunned by the unprecedented validation of Jesus' life. As a former prosecutor, I marveled at the impeccable precision of Edwards' reasoning. As a struggling Christian, I was moved by the unconditional gift of Jesus' life to our own. Edwards respectfully invites a response by the Monty Pythonic-postmodern Jesus Seminar, which might be better served by hiding from the bright light of this book. This is a resounding hurrah for a courageously brilliant recall to logic, truth and faith.
Fair and Balanced Oct 5, 2006
Edwards is a biblical scholar with a philosopher's mind. The thinks through the issues thoroughly and presents his conclusions clearly. He is well-read in the literature that bears on this topic. In a time when the identity of Jesus is being questioned at both the scholarly and popular levels, this is a sure guide through the debate. Recommended.
Is Jesus The Only Savior? Aug 23, 2006
The research is thorough, with very adequate footnotes and other documentation, but still very readable. The viewpoint of the author is clearly stated, but opposing viewpoints are also acknowledged and explained fairly. Overall, a very well written, convicting book...well worth the time to read!