This popular-level theology book introduces the person and work of Christ to those who are seeking answers to some of their most basic–and pivotal–questions.
Some two thousand years after he walked the earth, Jesus Christ is still a hot topic. And for all the ridiculous, twisted, Da Vinci Code-esque conspiracy theories and lies about Jesus that have permeated popular culture and even the academy over the years, the truth about his character, nature, and work has not changed. So what exactly is the truth about Jesus Christ?
That’s the question the authors of Vintage Jesus seek to answer by breaking it down into a number of sub-questions about Jesus, including Is Jesus the only God? Why did Jesus come to earth? Did Jesus rise from death? Why should we worship Jesus? and others. Nonbelievers and new Christians looking to sit down and delve into the topic of Jesus, asking the toughest, most confounding questions they can think of, will find solid, biblical answers presented in a relevant, accessible way.
I started reading Vintage Jesus last weekend. I haven’t finished it, so I’m not going to offer my opinion on any of it just yet. Tim Challies wrote an excellent review, highlighting his likes and dislikes. His review ignited an ugly discussion, which was followed by Tim’s, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mark Driscoll, which ignited more ugly discussion.
I don’t really understand why Driscoll is hated so viscerally by so many of his brothers and sisters. The man wrote a book which delineates the truth about Jesus as it is expressed in the Bible. He wrote a book full of doctrine for the average person. It’s a book that the average person living in the world today would probably enjoy reading. Yet it (and Driscoll, the person) is taking a beating over semantics. At the same time, dozens of other books full of blasphemy receive softer treatment. This does not make sense.
It is true that sitting in front of a screen emboldens us to write things we would not normally say to someone’s face. Biting and devouring, specks and logs, etc., present company included.
The publisher is offering an opportunity to read the introduction and the first chapter. Take advantage if you’re interested in what all the hub-bub is about. For the record, I did find some of it offensive. After all, I’m the only one who’s allowed to make fun of my cousins like that.
Update (2/24/08): I’ve read more over the weekend. I’m not liking this book very much.
Update (2/25/08): Chapter 3 is worth the price of the book! It’s so good I read it twice!