I’m always interested in books that are about either New Testament studies or apologetics. I believe that often those who grow up in the Christian faith and then abandon it do not grow into the faith because of their lack of knowledge of history and the Bible. Then, they encounter ideas and thoughts that completely take them captive because they aren’t acquainted with multiple perspectives on the ideas in question. So, it was with great pleasure that I began to read and review Rice Broocks’ book, Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question.
By the end of the book, I found out that Broocks feels the same way as I read such words as, “Ignorance of God’s truth results in your being susceptible to almost any and every kind of deception.” Broocks has written Man, Myth Messiah as a follow-up to his best-seller, God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty. And of course, you might realize that Man, Myth, Messiah is also a go-along book with the movie God’s Not Dead 2. In this book, Broocks looks at evidence for the historical Jesus and he interacts and refutes the arguments of skeptics and those who view Jesus as a figure of ancient mythology.
The topics in this book are wide ranging. He explains that the most important thing is to understand that the resurrection is the centerpiece of Christianity. He takes a minimal facts approach to explaining the truth of the resurrection, and then moves to a consideration of whether or not we can trust the gospels. He also discusses whether or not the crucifixion truly happened, whether Jesus could have come from ancient mythology, whether or not Jesus is the Messiah, do miracles exist, and then goes into how to be a better follower of Jesus and how to evangelize the world with the gospel.
As someone who appreciates a good New Testament studies book, I found this one to be a little too biased to be of any academic use. However, it’s a great explanation to the logical and historical reasons of why we believe what we believe and how to defend yourself against attacks by skeptics and unbelievers who are grasping “facts” that may not be actually true.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.