An unbiased examination, and compelling courtroom presentation, revealing the undeniable facts of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Intelligent, fair, and remarkably compelling, The Jesus Inquest argues the case both for and against the resurrection of Christ. Point-by-point Foster, in turn as both barrister X and Y, leaves no theological stone or dissenter's rock unturned as he digs for answers and the truth. In the end he is more convinced that Jesus is real, that He did rise again, and that He lives to offer forgiveness and hope to all who come to Him.
What really happened on the Third Day? Is Christianity built on a terrible mistake or a downright lie? The Jesus Inquest is a compelling historical, archaeological and theological whodunnit - like The Da Vinci Code and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, but with the real evidence.The new US edition is now out. It's a radical re-write, and deals in detail with, inter alia, the alleged tomb of Jesus and family at Talpiot, the suggestion that Jesus was nailed to a stake, not a cross, the idea that Christians should mark Good Thursday, not Good Friday, the theory that Jesus...' death certificate can be seen on the Turin Shroud, Baigent's 'Jesus Papers' hypothesis, the Rennes le Chateau mystery, and much more.
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I just finished reading The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster, and was reassured that, indeed, religion is based on faith. I was drawn to this book because I, like many, sometimes struggle with my beliefs. I have found myself doubting, and I have found myself believing! Charles Foster is an astounding man; through his studies, expeditions, and all of his experiences, he has confronted mankind's numerous questions.
The Jesus Inquest is set up as an ongoing debate. Foster uses evidence, maps, artifacts, hypotheses, gospels, and more, to examine all facts, and then provides us with the debate "à la courtroom style". The debate is presented with arguments between X and Y. X the unbeliever, and Y the believer. Foster definitely gives his readers the “…tools necessary to debate the most remarkable and controversial event of world history…”. Was Jesus Christ resurrected or not? Presented with "an unbiased examination of the facts", we are left to discover our answer.
This is not a light read in any way; however, I'd encourage both believers and non-believers, alike, to read The Jesus Inquest. Foster does an exceptional job at pulling in all the evidence neatly; in the end it is an undoubtably interesting, and compelling read. I found that The Jesus Inquest will test your faith ... that can give you quite a shake if you are already questioning your faith! The included photos provide the reader with 'tangible' evidence, while the opposing views may leave you a bit dizzy. A Christian might appreciate how at the end of each case, it is reenforced with a 'believers' view' ending ... my question would be: how truly unbiased is that? Nonetheless, this 'theological study' is worth giving a valiant look.
Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, so that my book review could be possible. I have not been financially compensated in any way. My opinion is that of my own, and I give it freely. I am not required to give a positive review.
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