Vintage Jesus

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!

8 Comments on “Vintage Jesus

  1. What is the name of the Driscoll book full of doctrine for the average person?Thank you.Cindy


  2. Cindy, If you aren’t trying to be sarcastic, and this is a genuine question, then the answer is Vintage Jesus :)On the other hand, I could assume that you disagree with my calling Vintage Jesus a book full of doctrine since a picture of the book is at the top and the title is mentioned more than once in the body of the post. In that case, allow me to amend and clarify what I wrote. I could say that it wasn’t exactly right for me to use the phrase, “full of doctrine.” Vintage Jesus specifically explains what the Bible teaches about Jesus, so in that sense it’s a book regarding the doctrine of Jesus. And it’s written on a popular level rather than an academic one, so it’s considered to be accessible for the “average person,” meaning, someone who is not an academic/theologian, seminary-attending person. And Driscoll takes on the most common misconceptions and/or misunderstandings about Jesus, which (I think) would make it more interesting for someone unfamiliar with Jesus and the truth about Him.See, this is what happens when I feel guilty because I didn’t post anything all day, then I decide around 9 pm that I’ll just toss something interesting out here. And maybe this isn’t interesting to anyone else. I’m reading the book now, so it’s on my mind and I think it’s interesting. I’ll stop now.


  3. I read the discussion over on Challies with much interest…like everything else (Harry Potter, anyone?) so many jump on a bandwagon without really knowing of what they speak…I look forward to your thoughts and I might just have to check it out myself!


  4. I liked Tim’s review, too. I think a lot of the issues that make some people so up-in-arms are generational ones, or based on an abnormally high standard of appropriateness (compared to modern US culture in general) that comes from living and staying within a Christian or psudo-christian sub-culture. That being said, I am not necessarily defending him. One of these days if we are up in Seattle over a weekend, we really want to pay Mars Hill a visit. I think that will be one of the best ways to form an accurate opinion. =)


  5. A few days ago, Tim mentioned Ann Rice’s new book and there were a few critical comments and all of a sudden Ann Rice responds in the comments defending herself. Suddenly, everyone became a little less critical. I know I have to be careful what I say on line and be sure I would be willing to say it to their face. I always need to keep that in mind. Thanks for the reminder.Marc


  6. I really wasn’t trying to be sarcastic. When I read the second paragraph of the post I thought it was referring to another book Driscoll wrote and I was genuinely interested in checking it out.Cindy


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