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The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against the Resurrection of the Christ Paperback – Bargain Price, January 11, 2011
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It is a rather extraordinary book, in that he manages to really get under the skin and argue both sides of the debate. He has clearly done a lot of research both in terms of historical data and the advocates of both sides. This is no Lee Strobel or Josh McDowell apologetics.
There are sections covering issues such as the crucifixion (did Jesus die?), the burial, the empty tomb, and origins and expectations of resurrection belief, as well as issues such as the alleged 'Jesus Family' tomb. In each case X and Y both have their say, and Foster leaves it to the reader to make their own mind. X argues against the resurrection, using a number of arguments that anyone who has read Robert M Price or Richard Carrier will be familiar with, though he did put forward some that I had not come across before. Y argues for the resurrection and there are traces of N.T. Wright and others in there. However, Y holds a few views that some evangelical apologists may not agree with (such as arguing that certain inconsistencies in the gospel narratives are not able to be harmonised).
The appendices are very helpful and deal with arguments relating to the medical cause of death, the issues relating to the Shroud of Turin, and the Gospel of Peter.Read more ›
Foster, a lawyer, does what few have attempted: show both sides of the Jesus resurrection story. With the death of Jesus two millennium ago, much has been made about the location itself and the tomb that Jesus was to have laid for Friday and Saturday nights before his reported resurrection on Sunday morning.
While he tries, it is pretty easy to get a feel for which side Foster falls on, and when it comes to religion, it is no surprise that we all have sides. Each side presents quite compelling evidence to support their claims and I must say that it was quite interesting to read about the history of the Gospels and the general history of 1st Century Palestine. Those were things not taught in Sunday School or in sermons I listened to for nearly 20 years.
What did I learn from it? I learned there is a lot not being talked about in regular religious discussions. In fact, after finishing the book, I got into a discussion about one argument posited in the book: that those who believe the Bible to be absolute truth must agree that somewhere there is a mistake in the Gospels. What?! Where!? The accounts don't match in relation to who was first to the tomb on Sunday morning and what they saw. I had never thought about it before, but it is true. Thus, we, and I have come to believe that because these stories were written down decades after the actual Passion events, not everything written down is accurate. And if that is the case, what else is just story?Read more ›
Thus, you have a dialogue between two people, X and Y. Foster writes out both dialogues and Y is the position of the Christian defending the resurrection of Jesus. X throws out most any objection that he can which means sometimes he will hold contradictory positions, but this is because Foster is trying to be as thorough as possible. X will use popular objections, such as ideas that Jesus traveled to India after somehow surviving the crucifixion, as well as more scholarly objections. He'll use crank theories like the Talpiot Tomb as well as real theories like the hallucination hypothesis.
X's case is quite often indeed impressive. One can read his side and think "I wonder how Y will answer that when he gets there." Due to the wide range of subjects covered, there's no doubt Foster did a lot of research for this book. In the end after examining both sides, Foster still has a strong case that Jesus did in fact rise from the dead and the objections from the other side can be answered and for the most part, they are answered quite admirably.
Some readers might be troubled that Foster doesn't take an approach of Inerrancy, but that could also be a help since so many Christians marry Inerrancy to Scripture.Read more ›
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Subtitled ‘THE CASE FOR AND AGAINST THE RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST’, this book is exactly that, taking six key subjects and presenting them in a ‘he says; she says’ format, just... Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by victusinambitus
When I was offered a copy of Charles Foster's "The Jesus Inquest" in exchange for a book review, I jumped at the chance. I was reading Dr. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by uncwstudent
The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster was an excellent case for, and against the resurrection of Christ. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by David C. Taylor Jr.
The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against the Resurrection of the Christ
by Charles Foster
In the Jesus Inquest, Charles Foster argues the case both for and... Read more
In this book we have two individuals in a debate X the anti-theist and Y the theist.
In my opinion it came across like this. Read more
Book Review: The Jesus Inquest By: Charles Foster The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against the Resurrection of the Christ
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Charles Foster, an English Barrister, is the author of this book "The Jesus Inquest". I selected this book as my free book to review from Booksneeze thinking it would be an... Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I recently received a free review copy of The Jesus Inquest: The case for - and against - the resurrection of the Christ from Booksneeze. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, author of the Seven Day Manuscript Machine and Writing the Bible for Kids
This book definitely covered a lot of bases. It gives the view from two sides (X and Y), one for and one against the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by JesseM