August 10, 2020
Tom Gilson's book, Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality, is an absolute delight to read and it wonderfully fills a big hole in contemporary apologetics.
From the publisher's description:
What if we take the story of Jesus seriously—as a story? Skeptics urge us to do that—it’s “only a story,” they say, a legend just like many other god-stories from ancient days. Why do we treat it as anything more than that? Too Good To Be False takes up that question with an approach no author has taken in close to a century. This book shows that although the skeptics’ question may be a fine one, the answer they give is as far from truth as it could be. Jesus’ character is unlike any other. No other hero—whether of history, myth, imagination, or legend—has loved as he loved, led as he led, cared as he cared, or understood himself as Jesus understood himself. Christians reading this book will encounter Jesus in fresh, worshipful new ways, and skeptics may discover his character is too unique, too consistent, and entirely too good to be false.
While Gilson's book revives an older argument that has dropped out of the contemporary scene, it updates and exposes that argument in a fresh way.
Its brilliance lies in the approach of arguing for Jesus’ uniqueness and Deity based on what Jesus did not do.
I have never approached the gospels in this way and, with Gilson’s guidance, I have come to love, respect, and worship Jesus with renewed vigor and insight.
Honestly, this book must be in your library. I am grateful that it is available to a new generation who will be strengthened and equipped by its argumentation.