- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Xulon Press (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1602660840
- ISBN-13: 978-1602660847
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book reminds me of one of the good college term papers I've read, which I'd give him a "A" on if I were grading it, but that's it. "Good," in so far as he read a few books and strung together some decent information from which I learned a little. "College term paper," in so far as he lacks a breadth of knowledge on the issues he writes about beyond that level. Among Christian publishers who are looking to publish in the area of apologetics, they are looking for something better.
On the back cover Holding claims to have 17 years in apologetics ministry. If he's 38 years old now (a guess), then that means he started his ministry when he was 21 years old. What can that mean? That a 21 year old on the web arguing for Christianity has an apologetics ministry? Hardly. He also claims "It is impossible to estimate the evangelical impact that is possible because of The Impossible Faith." Since he capitalizes and italicizes the words, "The Impossible Faith" here, it's hard not to escape the conclusion he's referring to his own book.Read more ›
This book's thesis is like steroids for all the other arguments based on early Christianity - whether they're things such as arguments for Jesus' resurrection, the Apostles' miracles, the risen saints, etc., having proof that Christianity had to have some unique reasons for people to believe it out of all the other movements in history makes every other such argument much stronger.
The book serves essentially as a primer on the social world of the Bible and it's aimed at an audience badly in need of understanding - average American Christians. After finishing TIF readers will have an easier time contextualizing difficult passages, for example, Jesus' teaching in Matthew 12:49-50 to forsake family if necessary. To the modern mindset such a command doesn't make much sense, but in light of the fact that identity in the ancient world was determined by which social groups individuals belonged to, the significance isn't as difficult to see.
My favorite chapter, however, consists of a discussion about Christianity's uniqueness. Skeptics have an irritating habit of treating all religions as if they are equal and easily dismissed. "What makes Christianity so special?" is the typical cry, and in my teenage years I couldn't give a good answer, which is probably the case for many new Christians. Holding answers by succinctly comparing Christianity with three of it's major competitors, Mithraism, Mormonism and Islam, illustrating just what makes the faith so special. Parenthetically, Holding's comparison does much to debunk the idea that Jesus was somehow copied from another ancient deity.
The online version of the book contains an argument that I find particularly interesting.Read more ›
All of these atheists saying that it's a horrible book riddled with logical fallacies are way over the top. If you're a Christian or a non Christian who isn't antagonistic towards the Gospel and aren't already all filled with hate for God, then you should enjoy this book.
Forget what the atheists have to say about it...they are impossible to please.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't bother. Just more apologist trash. The Bible says 'Saviors' - Obadiah 1:21: The New Testament coverup of saviors John the Baptist and James the JustPublished 10 months ago by judaswasjames
I like this book because it does make you think. Why has Christianity gone as far as it has? There have been other religions and faiths that have come and gone, but as old as... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by wake
J.P. Holding has many good intentions, but his efforts in apologetics are marred by his use of mockery and insult. As a brother in the Lord I cannot support Holding's ministry. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Mandude
Holding's basic thesis is that 1st-century Jews would have regarded worship of a crucified man blasphemous, therefore, the only way Christianity could have gotten started in such... Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by skepticdude
J.P. Holding promotes this book by claiming an atheist paid $5000 for an answer, yet curiously he never names the expert who composed that answer or where to find it. Read morePublished on August 14, 2009 by Richard C. Carrier
J. P. Holding's "The Impossible Faith" is a short introduction to a powerful argument to support the Christian faith. Read morePublished on July 24, 2009 by J. K. Jones
James Patrick Holding is my favorite apologist. He's dealt with a plethora of objections to Christianity having written well over a thousand articles. Read morePublished on October 13, 2007 by S.D. Parker
This book is an excellent resource for finding why Christianity's beginnings were so radically different than any other religion's, and why that is so important to its truth... Read morePublished on September 25, 2007 by Leo Staley