Thursday, May 26, 2016
Book Review: Unparalleled by Jared C Wilson
Jared C Wilson said that Christianity stands alone in regards to the religions of this world. Christianity has claims that are unlike any other religion. You could say that Christianity is unique when compared to world religions. Wilson explores the uniqueness of Christianity in his new book, Unparalleled.
Wilson tackles the claims of Christianity and shows his readers why they are different from world religions. He goes to the Bible, which is the best place to start, and defend why Christianity can make the claims it can. He tackles the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus claiming to be God, how our God is a Personal God, and Jesus's death on the cross.
Wilson does deal with the Resurrection because Christianity would not be where it is in the world without it. Wilson wrote, "If Jesus didn't actually come back from the dead, Christianity is pointless." He echoed what the Apostle Paul wrote the Corinthian church:
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).
No Resurrection means no Christianity. No other religion in the world was founded by a man who died then came back to life. All other religions were founded by a man who died and is still dead.
If you have read any of Wilson's books and his blog, you know he writes centered on the gospel with a little bit of humor. This book is no exception. I am happy to recommend this book to believers and non-believers to learn the unique claims of Christianity.
Thanks Baker Books for allowing me to review this book.