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  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mockery and insult have no place in any ministry representing Jesus Christ, much less apologetics.
As one who is not credentialed in this particular area of historical research, I find Holding's effort to be well worth the time it took to read the book.
J. K. Jones
I think in conjuncture with other arguments for the faith is gives one a good reason to consider Christianity.
Kristofer R. Key

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249 of 326 people found the following review helpful By John W. Loftus VINE VOICE on September 22, 2007
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Anyone who reads much of what Holding says on the web knows that he majors in ad hominems against those who disagree, and it should be well known that I do not like him. He's a non-credentialed arrogant hack who has gained a following mostly from the uninformed. No wonder he had to self-publish this book. He claims that one of the reasons Christian publishers won't publish it (which leads me to think he tried to get it published) is because, in his own words, "I won't write Left Behind style crap, and the market for Christian lit is glutted, unlike the atheist market." I think there is another reason.

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.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristofer R. Key on December 28, 2010
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In the 21st Century Christian Apologists have used a multi-faceted approach to defend the traditional view of Jesus.

The first argument used is the radical nature of Jesus, that in some way he felt he was at least in a special relationship with Yahweh and he engaged in behavior that would only be appropriate for Yahweh. This can be explored in Jesus According to the Scripture by Darrell L Bock.

The second argument is how exactly did Christianity get started after Jesus died on the cross? Christian apologist have argued that only the resurrection could have changed the disciples from frightened men into evangelical defenders of the faith. Skeptics do not feel the resurrection is necessary to explain this and tend to explain away the resurrection appearances as hallucinations. A good book on this is Mike Licona's The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. It provides both the Christian view and skeptical arguments.

The third argument is the conversion of enemies of Jesus, in this case his brother James and Saul of Tarsus. The conversion of James could be explained as grief based and opportunist as he eventually became the leader of the new Christian movement but explaining the conversion of Saul tends to be more difficult. Skeptics tend to postulate hallucinations and unknown psychological problems to explain Saul's conversion. Christians argue the above would not be enough to have a truly life changing effect on him. This argument can also be explored in Licona's book.

The forth argument is that Christianity would have been unpopular to both Pagans and Jews because of various features in it.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Benson Shays on June 28, 2011
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Christianity is often wrongly labeled a baseless faith, believed in the absence of evidence. Richard Dawkins and other peddlers of tomfoolery have made that claim for years, so it's excellent to see books available like The Impossible Faith (TIF), which convincingly argues that Christianity succeeded primarily because of the overwhelming evidence - mainly the resurrection - that backed up the teachings of Jesus and his disciples.

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.
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