Successful journalist (Author) John S. Dickerson used his investigative journalistic approach to explore fundamental human questions. Who am I? What am I worth? Where will I belong and be safe? Why do I exist?
When he found Jesus at the center of the most centered people he interviewed, he decided to use his journalism skills to put Jesus to the test. Jesus Skeptic – A Journalist Explores the Credibility and Impact of Christianity defines his quest to analyze the impact of Jesus using hard evidence instead of hope or opinion.
From our educational system to medical care and science, Dickerson explores and explains the fascinating impact of Jesus and His followers on our current society. The facts that Dickerson lays out debunk a common myth that Christians are weak and stupid. Dickerson’s cases are concise and comprehensive, serving those who already believe as well as the skeptics.
Dickerson conveys his study and conclusions using clear, understandable language, as expected of a journalist. Because Jesus Skeptic covers various topics and isn’t a narrative, some of the points are repeated, but I felt it was helpful to have underscored those findings. Dickerson cites an impressive list of references at the end.
Dickerson’s research ultimately led to his own conversion to Christianity. His conversion might make some skeptics distrust his conclusions because belief requires some leap of faith no matter how certain the physical evidence seems.
My favorite books are memoirs where non-Christians set out to disprove Christianity and their quest ultimately ends with their conversion. So I loved the premise of this book. I was personally fascinated to learn the impact Jesus has had on our current society. This book was interesting, entertaining and educational. It’s a report of findings, rather than a memoir, and it’s unlike any book I’ve read before. Highly recommended.
A major audience for Jesus Skeptic is Christians whose faith is wavering, those who say they believe but who struggle to actually believe. Also, Christians who enjoy ‘quest and conversion’ stories would enjoy this book. Christians who are interested to understand the history and the ways in which Jesus impacted life as we know it today would love this book. And non-Christians who’re interested in historical facts about Jesus would be served well by this book. This book may not convince the staunchest agnostics or atheists, but I suggest recommending it to every hopeful agnostic you know!
The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books – adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. We’re proud to be included in the Top 50 Christian Book Review Bloggers. I chose to read an ARC from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review is my honest opinion.
John S. Dickerson is a prize-winning journalist, a recognized voice in American Christianity, and bestselling author of “The Great Evangelical Recession.” His writing has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among others. He presently serves as Lead Pastor of Connection Pointe Christian Church in Indianapolis.
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