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Excerpts from Jesus Skeptic: A Journalist Explores the Credibility and Impact of Christianity by John S. Dickerson
“Jesus Skeptic is a different kind of book. It examines the positive social impact of those who believe in Jesus. That impact is widespread and far greater than most people realize. This is a fascinating read that may just surprise you.” — Dr. Darrell Bock, Professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
From the cover A ﬁrst-of-its-kind book for a new generation, Jesus Skeptic takes nothing for granted as it explores whether Jesus actually lived and how his story has changed our world. In these pages we’ll explore how Christianity has impacted and shaped our culture, including how followers of Jesus helped to abolish slavery, establish public education, found modern hospitals, support women’s rights, drive racial reconciliation, and ﬁght for justice and progress in a multitude of arenas. In a generation that wants to make the world a better place, we can discover what humanity’s greatest champions had in common: a Christian faith.
From the Introduction If you are a skeptic who does not believe in God, you are safe here. If you were raised a Christian but are no longer sure what you believe, you are safe. If you like Jesus but not the church, this book is a safe place for you. If you are tired of Christianity being deﬁ ned by bigots and political parties, you are safe too.
I have been all these things and more. What follows is my own ten-year investigation into how Jesus and his followers impacted our world. I call it Jesus Skeptic because that is how I began my investigation — as a professional skeptic, a research journalist.
From the Conclusion of Jesus Skeptic We have seen Primary Evidence about Jesus’s life, global inﬂ uence, and positive impact on humanity. We have learned that we do not need faith to accept that Jesus lived. We have learned that no faith is required to accept the fact that Jesus’s movement is the biggest in history. We also do not need faith to accept that speciﬁ c followers of Jesus have made the world a better place.
So if I now believe that Jesus is God, am I still a skeptic? In my case, yes, I am. I take the position that you can be a skeptic by nature – as I am – and still conclude that Jesus is God. Here’s why. Genuine skeptics are after the truth. We skeptics are not people who refuse to believe anything. We just refuse to believe lies. We skeptics want to believe the truth – and reject what is false.
Human History — and Your Future — Is Forever Changed by What Happened on The Third Day
Islam and Judaism swear the resurrection of Jesus Christ never happened. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim Jesus’ physical body was discarded, destroyed, or dissolved into gasses. Jesus Seminar fellows laugh it off as mere wishful thinking. What if they are right? What if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead? If that’s the case, there is no Christianity… no hope… no future. It all boils down to what happened on the third day.
“With laser-beam focus, Hank zeroes in on the most convincing facts that back up Jesus’ death, his empty tomb, his post-resurrection appearances, and the subsequent transformation of those who encountered him… What’s more, he answers the ‘so what’ question by demonstrating the relevance of the Resurrection to every individual – and even to the cosmos itself.” —Lee Strobel, Best-selling author of The Case for Christ
Something Needs to Change by David Platt
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • The author of Radical takes readers on a soul-searching journey through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, daring them to make a difference in a world of urgent need, starting right where they live.
“Rugged. Authentic. Gritty. Real. Worshipful. There are no other books like this one. I always pick up David’s books with a sense of excitement and, quite honestly, apprehension — because I know that areas of compromise and complacency in my life are going to be exposed. But this book exceeded even my high expectations, for which I am grateful. And so will you be. As David writes, it’s time to run, not walk. Let’s go.”—J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention
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