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EBOOK é Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History's Greatest Question ô Did Jesus Really Exist The search for the historical Jesus continues to be headline news Any speculative theory seems to get instant attention as the debate rages about His real identity and the claims made in His name Did Jesus really exist Is there real historical evidence that demonstrates that He lived and actually said and did the things the Gospels record Is there any validity to the speculative claims that the Jesus story was a myth, borrowed from a variety of pagan cultures of the ancient world In this follow up to the book God s Not Dead that inspired the movie , Man, Myth, Messiah looks at the evidence for the historical Jesus and exposes the notions of skeptics that Jesus was a contrived figure of ancient mythology It also looks at the reliability of the Gospel records as well as the evidence for the resurrection that validates His identity as the promised Messiah Man, Myth, Messiah will be released concurrent to the God s Not Dead movie sequel, which will cover the same theme This book explores all the irrefutable truths and facts about the existence and divinity of Jesus An excellent tool to reach those who are looking for other types of answers And above all it contains arguments that will strengthen your faith Excellent research Thank you very much Rice Brooks. Broocks makes the strong case, using sources from agnostic and biblical scholars, that not only can we believe the gospels but we can also believe in miracles and Jesus If you re someone who wants to get started with apologetics but don t know how this is a wonderful place to start Everything is explained with clarity and respect for those interested in learning about Jesus and the apostles Broocks did significantly much better with this book than his last book I decided to pick up this book Broocks makes the strong case, using sources from agnostic and biblical scholars, that not only can we believe the gospels but we can also believe in miracles and Jesus If you re someone who wants to get started with apologetics but don t know how this is a wonderful place to start Everything is explained with clarity and respect for those interested in learning about Jesus and the apostles Broocks did significantly much better with this book than his last book I decided to pick up this book after seeing the amazing court scene in the sequel to the first movie made by Broocks Note This book was provided free of charge by BookLook Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review Picking up where his last book left off 1 , Broocks decides to continue his career as our contemporary popular apologist de jour and, in the tradition of the great C.S Lewis, try his hand at his own trilemma about the identity of Jesus Christ Explicitly referencing Lewis own trilemma 2 , Broocks own version of the trilemma is encapsulated in the title of the book, where the a Note This book was provided free of charge by BookLook Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review Picking up where his last book left off 1 , Broocks decides to continue his career as our contemporary popular apologist de jour and, in the tradition of the great C.S Lewis, try his hand at his own trilemma about the identity of Jesus Christ Explicitly referencing Lewis own trilemma 2 , Broocks own version of the trilemma is encapsulated in the title of the book, where the author makes the claim that Jesus Christ is either man, myth, or Messiah He then proceeds to use savvy historical and philosophical reasoning to make it clear that Jesus Christ was not a myth, as He is too historically well attested, and could not have done what He did as a mere man, leaving only the option that He was the savior, and then on top of that uses this discussion as a way to then motivate the reader to engage inserious questions on how to live life Who do you say that I am And then, how now should I live my life In terms of its organization and structure, this book is organized with a very clear and unmistakable intent in mind After a foreword by biblical historian Gary Habermas whose work on minimal facts that even skeptics believe about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides the material for the second chapter of the book, the author spends about 250 pages covering ten chapters and a short epilogue The first few chapters deal with the historical case for the death by crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, pointing out reasons why the Bible is trustworthy, why the crucifixion of Christ was necessary, and the seminal importance of the resurrection in providing a hope for eternal life for mankind The author tackles the widespread understanding of similarities between late pagan counterfeit gospels and Christianity, examines identity of Jesus Christ as the Son of Man and the Son of God, and then provides some evidence for miracles and the supernatural It should be noted, in the interests of fairness, that the author advances evidence here for the value of near death experiences that he makes fun of and casts doubt on earlier in the book by implying that many such examples are fraudulent or unreliable The last two chapters of the book focus on what practical benefit coming to faith is supposed to result in discipleship, following God in fellowship with other brethren, and in engaging in the work of sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.Overall, this is a work of very shrewd and practical importance that does not in any way neglect the honest truth about spiritual warfare as well as the barriers to belief in the eyes of many There is a great irony that one notices as a reader of many works in apologetics 3 most books on apologetics, including this one, are aimed at dealing with intellectual barriers to faith, but the strongest arguments against the practical role of Jesus Christ as Lord over our lives tend to be emotional in their origin This means that so much of apologetics consists of shadowboxing, demolishing endless intellectual arguments that come out of of nowhere while struggling to determine the true cause of the disaffection for a given person with God, often based in unreasonable expectations and emotional reasoning The book particularly excels in its view of Judaism as being the essential ground from which Christianity spread, an obvious truth that is not as well understood as it ought to be This book makes for engaging and practical apologetics on a high level, and it deserves to be viewed fondly and hopefully remembered as well like Lewis similar efforts have been treasured for decades 1 2 See, for example 3 See, for example This is perhaps one of the worst books I have ever read I have read a great deal of Christian apologetic literature running the gamut from dreadful to superb , but this flaccid pamphlet falls far beyond the pale of even the most infantile titles I ve hitherto had the displeasure of ingesting The author s spectacularly conspicuous ignorance of basic science, coupled with his thinly read unsuccessfully disguised certainty of conclusion from the outset, makes it painfully evident that one sho This is perhaps one of the worst books I have ever read I have read a great deal of Christian apologetic literature running the gamut from dreadful to superb , but this flaccid pamphlet falls far beyond the pale of even the most infantile titles I ve hitherto had the displeasure of ingesting The author s spectacularly conspicuous ignorance of basic science, coupled with his thinly read unsuccessfully disguised certainty of conclusion from the outset, makes it painfully evident that one should not be surprised when one arrives at the bottom of the final page and discovers that not a single drop of original scholarship or legitimate critical questioning were anywhere to be found within this 300 page, question begging Gospel tract Having read this book, it is now of little mystery to me why the God s Not Dead films which were based on this book and its prequel were so unashamedly terrible Let it be known if one wishes for his or her cause whatever it may be to be in any respect seriously advanced, Pastor Rice Broocks is not the cheerleader one would be wise to employ to champion said cause