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Jesus: Why the World Is Still Fascinated by Him

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A book by Tim LaHaye

Jesus. Love Him or hate Him, He’s everywhere. On our T-shirts, bumper stickers, and even the covers of leading news magazines, year after year. We see Him on the silver screen, in the headline crawl on the TV news, and on the homemade signs held … see full wiki

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Author: Tim LaHaye
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: David C. Cook
1 review about Jesus: Why the World Is Still Fascinated...

Easy-reading introduction to Jesus

  • Jun 8, 2009
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LaHaye (co-author of the popular Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind No. 1) series) here writes an easy-reading introduction to Jesus. If you are already a Christian, or have attended a Christian church which holds to the most mainstream doctrines of Christianity, there is little new here.

The subtitle is somewhat misleading. I was expecting more of an examination of how Jesus is perceived, why Jesus is so written about and debated even today, and how and why Christianity is still so influential in the world today. There is little of that here. Instead, this is more of a straightforward "introduction to apologetics." After framing his question in Chapter 1, LaHaye begins to answer it in Chapter 2 by establishing the historicity of the Bible, then applies that foundational veracity to the prophetic signs in the Hebrew scriptures (the Christian Old Testament) which point ahead to the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Within the life of Christ Himself, LaHaye uses His miracles, teachings, and resurrection as apologetic proof of His claims of deity and Salvation. Finally, LaHaye considers how Jesus has impacted lives since His time on earth, focusing briefly on the radical change (for the better) of the position of women in Christian cultures and within the Christian church and on anecdotal evidences of completely changed lives that LaHaye has witnessed during his own ministry.

LaHaye concludes by addressing the most popular heresy of our day, the neo-Gnostic boomlet inspired by the Nag Hammadi manuscripts discovered in the last century and popularized by the mega-bestseller The Da Vinci Code (I read it and reviewed for Amazon, and found its half-baked heresies and mediocre story made for so-so fiction that deserves more yawns than awards). In this section, as throughout the book, LaHaye moves fast and hits the surface points (with lots of footnotes for more research) with no depth.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. If you want deep theology or a consideration of the life of Christ in great detail, look elsewhere. This book is more along the lines of Max Lucado than Matthew Henry.

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