An enthusiastic exploration of the nature of the Christian God and of Christianity itself.
Brother Bob’s manuscript splits along two parallel but only slightly connected themes: on the one hand, it explores the nature and majesty of God as revealed in the Bible; on the other hand, it lays out a case for the truth of Christianity in the face of the world’s other popular religions as well as modern science. The author pursues the first theme with gusto, remarking on the seeming contradictions of God’s triune nature and attempting to clarify how he could exist as a “plural being.” Deriving his explanations from the Old Testament and the New Testament, Brother Bob says that the truth of the Trinity is self-evident; Judaism, readers are told, rejects the concept by missing “the clear evidence right before their eyes.” This strand of the book also contains brisk exhortations for his Christian readers to live better lives. Brother Bob’s conviction is no less strong when he ventures into comparative religion, although his grasp on the facts begins to falter. “Hinduism and Buddhism were books written by mere men,” he writes, seeing “no declaration of their message being divinely originated.” However, both Hinduism and Buddhism do indeed claim divine origins for their belief systems. “No other spiritual system has its God die,” he writes at another point, although the first-century world into which Christianity was born featured many other dying and resurrected gods. Even this shaky grasp of facts deserts the narrative when Brother Bob switches to the second theme and begins a long diatribe against scientific fact as well as basic morality, as when he approves of death by stoning—including the stoning of children—as laid out in the Old Testament as a means to maintain “society’s structured values.” When he adopts the talking points of young-Earth creationism—the universe is at most 8,700 years old; “Why, if man evolved from monkeys, do we still have monkeys?”—all but his most committed readers will likely find something else to do.
Passionate but deeply flawed.