Too Much a continuation of Wright's "Surprised by Hope"
none. You almost think NT Wright is reading it
If you've read NT Wright's, what I think is a modern christian classic, "Surprised by Hope" then no need to read this one. Best point is it puts Jesus pursuit of the kingdom of God on Earth into its rightful christian perspective sucking the wind out of Aslan's Zealot & other non-christians cry that this pursuit shows Jesus was only a social political figure. Again like "Surprised by Hope" Wright shows that pursing social and political justice beauty etc has in fact always been simply Jesus who is the core of Christianity. This pursuit is exemplified by Jesus who, yes non-christians, claims to be king (not in the purely political sense) who seeks to bring the King (God / Himself) onto earth to rule. Also does a good job following ancient culture showing how this King claim (Jesus's life & death) is only the herald before the actual return of Jesus to earth to rule and thus bring the kingdom of heaven onto earth.
backup in the text... not see appendix
social and political appeal
a real alternative for a nonbelievers belief system
A whole worldview about Jesus is made here of largely conjecture. When it comes to the proof that backs up his points its....see the appendix. Problem is not that the worldview is developed (it is) but rather the proof for it is lost as he developed the worldview. If one can disprove any or many of the points then the entire worldview falls apart. As an example the "Q" source documents, by Aslan's own admittance a hypothetical book for which there are no documents or copies, plays a major role in this book but he never delves into the proofs / disproofs. I know this was not the point of his book but again Aslan's Jesus overview is only believable if you believe the "Q" source stuff or the details which he glosses over etc. I think the devil is in the details here. If the evidence for each point is doubtful then the book is doubtful but Aslan never gives the reader the chance. By quickly moving on to complete the Jesus worldview the unquestioning reader just accepts Aslan's points as he moves quickly on. People who are looking for a book that explains their preconceived (apriori) belief that Jesus is only a social & political figure will find an intellectual guide. People who are looking for the "real Jesus" by testing the truth of each Aslan's claims will be left thumbing to the appendix.
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