The linchpin of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Opponents of Christianity have long worked to undermine the resurrection of Jesus, knowing that if the resurrection is proven false, then Christianity is false.
Charles Foster’s The Jesus Inquest is a well-written, fascinating examination of Jesus’ resurrection. A lawyer, Foster works hard to present both sides of the argument evenly. He does an admirable job. Digging through an ocean of information, including some of the most recent developments (the so-call Jesus family tomb), Foster presents an even-handed case for and against the resurrection of Jesus. Although he does come down on the side of Jesus’ resurrection indeed being historical, Foster invites the reader to make up their own mind.
Although I didn’t agree with everything Foster concluded (for example, “Nobody emerges from a proper look at the Gospels still believing in verbal inerrancy.”), I did appreciate the layout of the book. As Foster points out, the popular book The Case for Christ relies heavily on Christians with post-graduate degrees, and only presents one side of the argument. I also appreciated the thoroughness of the book (it is well documented, with thirty-three pages of end-notes).
This is a must read for anyone looking into the resurrection of Jesus, regardless of which side of the debate you are on.
Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.