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"Grounded in scholarship and common sense, this book lays out in brief compass why Jesus remains the only savior." D A Carson

About the Author

James R Edwards is professor of biblical languages and literature at Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802809812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802809810
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James R. Edwards

My primary research interests include Biblical studies and history of the early church, with secondary interests in the Reformation and history of the twentieth-century German Church struggle. In pursuit of these I am a frequent visitor to Christian sites, libraries, and monasteries in Germany, Greece, Turkey, and Israel.

I hold academic degrees from Whitworth University (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fuller Theology Seminary (Ph.D.), and have studied further at the universities of Zuerich and Tuebingen, Tyndale House (Cambridge), and the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton). A DAAD grant from Germany government allowed me to investigate the disappearance and death of Professor Ernst Lohmeyer.

I am currently Bruner-Welch Professor Emeritus of Theology at Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington. Email:

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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful By theologicalresearcher on September 2, 2005
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It seems to be a popular fad these days among many professing Christians to downplay the particularity of Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour of the world. In this book, Edwards does a very good job demonstrating that what is fashionable may not always be true and biblical. The book you can say is divided into two main sections. In the first part (chaps. 1-6) Edwards talks about the legitimacy of the orthodox Christian view of Jesus Christ. He delves into the Jesus Quests, the Jesus Seminar, the historic reliability of the New Testament documents, Jesus' self-identification, etc. In all these dicussions, Edwards does a good job exposing the various flaws of liberal and anti-Christian perspectives on these matters (demonstrating how the Enlightenment's heightening of the individual and a naturalistic view of the universe has severely skewed how one reads the biblical narrative). In fact, students who are interested in the methodology of finding out who Jesus really is from an evangelical and conservative perspective will enjoy reading the first six chapters. All in all, Edwards pretty much smashes the presuppositions and arguments of the liberal school that aims to deconstruct the historical Jesus Christ (the God-man) and orthodox Christianity through a worldview that is foreign to the biblical period.

The second part (chaps. 7-12) deals more intensely with soteriological pluralism. Edwards does an excellent job smashing down the often ridiculous accusations laid against a particularistic understanding of the gospel. For instance, he does a good job showing how orthodox Christianity does not undermine world peace but aims at reconciliation with the whole world because of the nature of the gospel (cf. Matthew 5:9).
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By John B. Hoehn on December 11, 2005
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James Edwards asks the question in the book's title (Is Jesus the ONLY Savior?) and the answer is Yes.

But it is not the Yes of a demagogue, a hermit, or an

American evangelist. Is is the Yes of a student, a scholar, an intellectual, and a world citizen.

It is a measured Yes, a thoughtful Yes, a reasoned Yes.

The book answers the objections to the uniqueness, the non-equivalance, of Jesus to other religious thought leaders.

It is written for anyone curious about Jesus, and that covers all kinds of belief and non belief. If you want a clear exposition of why some find him unique and not merely one of many, this book makes it clear.

If you are already convinced, it may help you present your convictions with kindness and generosity.

It was bracing and satisfying to read, the best spiritual read of the year. I'm sending copies to thoughtful people I love.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Sullivan on December 16, 2006
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James Edwards has written a timely and necessary book that deserves a great deal of attention from a broad Christian community. At issue is the drift in our culture toward a type of multiculturalism which causes Christian and non-Christian alike to question whether Christ can or should be spoken of as the "only" savior.

Edwards looks, in the early chapters, on the various forms of the "quest for the historical Jesus" up to and including the historically recent conclusions of the "Jesus Seminar". As is common in many fields, some theological excursions into the quest for the Jesus of history were fully indebted to naturalism, the view that all things can and should be explained in purely natural terms. Edwards calmly and clearly asks whether such assumptions are warranted and finds the resulting conclusions wanting.

He takes the question further showing that there is a great deal of reason to trust the historical reliability of the New Testament with easy to read, cogent arguments and a judicious choice of compelling evidence. Having established the reasonableness of trusting the New Testament, he tackles the central issue - did Jesus believe himself to be God.

What is unique about the book is that it is not a mere apologetic for the historicity of the Christian faith. Edwards, having established the reasonable foundation, moves from the key questions of the 20th century in the first half of the book to the key questions of the 21st century in the second half. Postmodern theories and multicultural sentiments lead many to believe that the exclusive claims of Christianity are unwarranted, arrogant, and perhaps even a threat to world peace.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Muehlenberg VINE VOICE on November 7, 2006
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These are difficult days to be a biblical Christian. In affirming the uniqueness of the Christian truth claims, we run up against a host of obstacles, such as the denial of truth, as is postmodernism; disdain of ethical absolutes, as in moral relativism; spiritual eclecticism, as in the New Age Movement; religious pluralism, as in interfaith dialogue; and theological relativism, as in liberal Christianity.

Because biblical Christianity insists that Jesus is the unique and only way to God, and the only true saviour, such claims are met with hostility and disdain in today's pluralistic climate. Yet they must be insisted upon, if we are to retain the very heart of the Christian faith.

Can a good case be put forward that Jesus is indeed who he claimed to be? Is it possible to affirm the uniqueness of Christianity in the face of other world religions and their claims? Are the New Testament documents indeed reliable? Can a case for universal truth still be made in a postmodern world? And does the insistence on Jesus being the one true way make Christianity intolerant and bigoted?

These and other important questions are more than adequately addressed in James Edward's new volume. He takes on all the challengers - be they from without the faith, such as postmodernism, or from within, such as the Jesus Seminar.

Christian particularity and uniqueness can be cogently defended, as Edwards demonstrates. Consider just one issue, that of the Jesus Seminar. This is an effort to reconstruct Jesus in the image of contemporary liberal theologians. By voting with colored ballots, they determine whether a saying attributed to Jesus is indeed authentic. In the end, they have decided that 82 per cent are not.
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