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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Northfield Pub (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881216497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881216490
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,455,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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This is a refreshing contemporary defense of the uniqueness of Christ against the background of our pluralistic society!  If you want to understand Christ better, defend Him with more confidence, and worship Him with more single-mindedness, this book is for you!
-Josh McDowell, Josh McDowell Ministries

Every so often a book is written that is must reading . . . this is one of them.  It is clear, forceful, and incredibly relevant to the spiritual morass of today's society.  I commend it fully.
-Adrian Rogers, Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church

This is not a book about ecumenism or syncretism, but about Jesus Christ, the One who can not be compared with other "gods."  Lutzer does a marvelous job, in a most readable manner, of reminding the open-minded seeker of truth that it is not "Jesus the Greatest" but "Jesus the Only."
-D. James Kennedy, PhD., Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

I buy every book Erwin Lutzer writes.  He makes me think . . . and act!  Christ Among Other gods puts the Lord Jesus in His place.  He is prominent, powerful, and precious about all other gods.  This is Lutzer at his Christ-exalting best!
-O.S. Hawkins, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas

At last, a positive defense of the truth of Christian uniqueness that is accessible to the average reader.  No longer can we assume that the Christian claims are understood or accepted as "givens" even in our own evangelical circles, and Dr. Lutzer doesn't take anything for granted.  Serious in its research, probing in its arguments, reasonable in its treatment of objections, and warm in its devotion to Christ . . . must reading for every pastor or layperson committed to communicating Christ as the world's only hope.
-Michael Horton, Christians United for Reformation

I highly recommend this book for non-Christians who wish to understand why the Christian faith is different and cannot be successfully amalagated with other religions.  But I recommend this book even more for every concerned Christian who desires to know how to defend his or her faith in an increasingly pluralistic and tolerant culture.
-John Ankerberg, The John Ankerberg Show

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About the Author

DR. ERWIN LUTZER has served as senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago for over 30 years. A renowned theologian, Dr. Lutzer earned his BTh from Winnipeg Bible College, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and an MA in philosophy from Loyola University. He is an award-winning author and the featured speaker on three radio programs that can be heard on more than 700 radio stations in the United States and around the world. Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
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Customer Reviews

All very informative.
Melissa D.
This is an easy read and full of weapons to help us fight the good fight of faith while extending our hand of love to our non-Christian friends.
MECChristian
In the book is an extensive arguments against `Christian' theologians who make arguments to the contrary.
Philip S Roeda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on March 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Lutzer has done a splendid job of writing what I would consider to be an introductory work on comparative religious studies. From a Christian perspective, he attempts to take on the practice of watering down Christianity (and other religions as well) by those committed to achieving a mushy religious middle in the name of universal tolerance. For the most part, I think he does a very good job here.
There appear to be two main areas of emphasis in the book. Lutzer spends the first several chapters in the book analyzing the notion of tolerance and critiquing the concept of reducing all truth claims to subjective experience instead of objective evidences. I think Lutzer does a very good job of demonstrating that subjective truth is a poor substitute for objective truth that can be independently proven by independent evidences and proofs. And I think Lutzer effectively shows this desire to redefine truth by what we feel instead of what we can prove is at the heart of the efforts to establish a "tolerant" universal religion. What struck me in Lutzer's analysis is that it is quite ironic that the systematic watering down and dismissal of Christianity's UNIQUE truth claims (and therefore the religious beliefs of countless millions of people) is seen as "tolerant". Quite the contrary, this is extremely intolerant because it attempts to undermine the period documentation of the unique nature of Christianity in order to conduct a selective and revisionist history exercise that is completely subjective in nature, and then uses this method to trump the overwhelming independent evidences that have been the traditional bases for belief among Christians for two millenia.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Erwin Lutzer has succinctly put together the reasons why Christianity differs from other major religions, and why Christ is not just another great teacher or prophet to be put on the shelf alongside Buddha, Mohammad, Vishnu, Krishna, or any other. Lutzer tells not only of Christ's claims to divinity, but illustrates how others perceived Him, as well as how others--even His enemies--could not deny Christ's miracles and resurrection. This is a very important book for these times when there is such a proclivity to lump all religions together and call them the same. I highly recommend this work for anyone who wants to strengthen their faith and discover why Christ is unique and divine.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philip S Roeda on January 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Erwin Lutzer's book titled Christ Among Many gods is similar to Ravi Zacharias' book titled Jesus Among Other Gods. Both are attacks on religious relativeness. My preference is Lutzer's work. Ravi Zacharias starts his book talking his life's journey before accepting Jesus as His own Savior. His approach is less analytical and more anecdotal. Lutzer does use his own fairly recent encounters with those who believe in religious relativeness and his response to those who hold this contrary view. Lutzer's work is more scholarly.

How does one want to perceive Jesus: mere man or God? To believe scripture or to cast Him differently? Does one want to incorporate Jesus into other belief systems? Those who preach relativeness seek to portray Jesus as mere man or to portray him as one of many gods. Scripture depicts a different Jesus. Jesus is the Christ because He is God who became man while staying God. Not a god but the only God; Lutzer argues that Jesus Christ cannot be incorporated into another belief system.

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22 RSV)

Lutzer talks about the activity of some to fuse different religious beliefs together. They want to create a global village where those from different "religious traditions" can get along. To believe one has a choice in determining who his god is. Four rules in such a thought process [a] Traditions (no doctrines of truth)[b] spirituality ( may retain one's particular religion, move "beyond into a spirituality inclusive of other religions. [c] No religion is superior [d]no evangelism or proselytizing.

Lutzer argues that Tolerance is the idol.
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This was a great read and the arguments that Lutzer made throughout the book were excellent. I also read "Jesus Among other gods" by Ravi Zacharias and preferred this book as its more academic, and thought it was better written. The only major gripe I have about this book was that the book did not contain a topical index of words & Bible verses which I felt it needed. Lots of big words were used in this book that I wanted to look up, but it was difficult to do so due to the lack of the index. Other than that this is a book that I encourage other Christians to read as it not only will confirm your faith, but can be used to give to unbelievers whom have a open mind and ear to the gospel. Those that are close minded would not even consider this book and so the well defended arguments would be worthless. But for the open minded this is a great book.
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More About the Author

Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner "Hitler's Cross" and the best seller "One Minute After You Die." He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including "Songs in the Night," "The Moody Church Hour," and the daily feature "Running to Win." He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three married children and seven grandchildren.


Rebecca Lutzer

Rebecca Lutzer is the wife of Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, where they have enjoyed 28 years of ministry. For more than 30 years, Rebecca has been a pastor's wife and has used her gifts of hospitality, mercy, and teaching to minister to many women. She has taught Bible studies, counseled and discipled women, organized conferences and seminars, and spoken to women's groups. Rebecca was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she attended Dallas Bible College. She is an RN and enjoyed working as a surgical nurse for several years. God provided numerous opportunities for her to bring comfort and peace to those going into surgery by sharing the love of Christ with them. It has always been Rebecca's passion to teach women how to grow in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The heart of her message focuses on helping women learn how to live faithfully in the seasons of life, waiting for God to meet their needs in His time and way. She is the mother of three lovely married daughters and the grandmother of six adorable grandchildren. Rebecca and her husband coauthored "Jesus, Lover of a Woman's Soul," a book about Jesus' real relationships with women throughout His life--and how He changed their worlds.

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