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What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? [Paperback]

By D. James Kennedy (Author) & Jerry Newcombe (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  078527040X  
EAN  9780785270409  

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We live in a cynical age in which only one prejudice is tolerated-anti-Christian bigotry. Yet despite the unbridled slanders and attacks against the faith, one powerful truth is undeniable: if Christ had never been born, nearly every facet of human life would be much more miserable than it is today. Arranged topically and presenting compelling, little-known historical facts, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? clearly demonstrates that an enormous array of benefits to humankind-from economics to art to government, science to civil liberties, morality to health, and beyond-would never have occurred had Jesus Christ not lived.

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D. James Kennedy (1930-2007) was Senior Minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He led Coral Ridge Ministries, a radio and television outreach that since 1974 has been bringing the gospel to America and the world.

Jerry Newcombe is Senior Producer of "The Coral Ridge Hour" and hosts a weekly radio show.

D. James Kennedy lived in FT, Lauderdale, in the state of Florida. D. James Kennedy was born in 1930 and died in 2007.

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A book full of distorted facts and lies, preaching to the choir  Jan 23, 2007
This could have been an interesting book, about the good things that came out of Christianity. But instead of being an honest examination of history, the book distorts and misrepresents reality.

Kennedy has written a long list of things that are allegedly a result of Jesus Christ, including hospitals, science, education, justice, representative government, benevolence and charity. While some of the things have been practiced by Christians, that doesn't mean that those things would not have existed if Jesus hadn't been born. There's no way to know how world history would have turned out if Christianity hadn't been in power. One thing from the list no doubt comes from Christianity: The condemnation of homosexuals, which Kennedy lists as something good.

In Chapter 5, it becomes clear that Kennedy wants an American Christian theocracy. He completely misrepresents what secularism means, saying that a secular state, being neutral to religion, is in fact "hostile" to religion. This is an absurd statement. A secular state is neutral, allowing all religious beliefs. In a theocracy on the other hand - which seems to be Kennedy's utopia - alternative religions are at the mercy of the dominating religion.

Apparently, America was founded as a free country because it was founded by Christians, although Kennedy does not explain how come the countries, such as England, where these people came from, were not free, although they were also Christian. Towards the end of the book Kennedy tries to explain away all the crimes of the church, such as the Inquisition, by saying that the people responsible weren't true Christians. It's a very convenient explanation, but despite this, Kennedy seems to hold all atheists guilty by association with a handful of atheists who did bad things, and the best example he comes up with is Hitler, who, according to himself, was a Christian. The same type of double reasoning goes for the rest of the book; apparently all good things that happened during the last 2000 years were thanks to Christians, and all bad things were caused by others, atheists or false Christians.

Kennedy is also opposed to all science that is not compatible with the Bible, most notably the theory of evolution, which in his opinion is wrong, because the bible doesn't say it's true.

No doubt christians have done good in caring for the poor and sick, etcetera, but Kenendy doesn't even try to give a balanced and truthful look at the facts. After reading the book, it's clear that Kennedy is one of two things; either he is a bad researcher (and if you look at the footnotes, most of them are secondary sources, and as I mentioned, some outrageous claims aren't backed up by sources at all) who believes what he's writing, or he's a liar, lying on purpose and twisting the facts to argue his case. Instead of an honest account of Church history, this is a book full of distorted facts and lies, preaching to the choir, and a means for Kennedy to voice his personal political opinions.
Appetite Whetting  Dec 29, 2006
I hoped that D. James Kennedy's book wouldn't be another preachy book about Jesus Christ dying for our sins. I know he did, it's just that I have an entire bookshelf loaded with just such books. I was hoping for something
that would shed light on the various significant fields of human interest,
in which the life of Jesus clearly wielded its impact. To some extent, the book delivers, but Dr. Kennedy just couldn't help turning preachy on
us. I personally understand the need to exhort and admonish. It just seems
that he should have reserved it for another book. So, instead of a satisfying read, I got one that merely whetted my appetite. I would still
recommend this book to anyone, especially skeptics of the Christian faith.
Dr. Kennedy's book is full of interesting anecdotes and little-known stories about how anonymous Christians the world over, affected the rise and fall of nations, influenced major wars, and altered, forever, the course of human history, in the name of Christ.
A book that is needed  Dec 12, 2006
I am so glad that a book has been written to show that Christianity has indeed been a positive force in human societies, so much so that even unbvelievers have benefitted.
The weakness of this book is that it does not demonstrate its points with enough detail to be of help to thoughtful skeptics and believers searching for clues of the validity of the faith. I am for this book being rewritten with more concrete evidence, which I believe is there in history. The book would be longer, but it would be more helpful.
Intelligence vs Wisdom  Dec 4, 2006
The authors of this book aptly demonstrate how to combine both intelligence and wisdom into an easy, informative yet challenging and provocative read that can be understood by readers from young adult up. The authors clearly demonstrate how to successfully be both intelligent--e.g., Dr. Kennedy has 4 earned degrees behind his name--and wise at the same time. Yet, can one be intelligent but not wise? The following story helps answer this question. Dr. E.V. Hill tells of a lady who said to him in so many words, "All this preachin' about Jesus does not seem to be working as I look around...."; Dr. Hill responded: "You know, Ma'am, I just walk down the street and can smell body odor on folks; I guess all the soap companies and their products are failing." The lady responded: "No they are not; you just have to try [use] them!" "Well, there you have it", said Dr. Hill..."[in the same way], you just have to try Jesus!" In other words, Dr. Hill is telling us we see what we want to see; we accept and reject what we want to accept and reject. Yet, this book presents the evidence for the impact of the life of Christ on this planet so clearly and documents it so well that the reader can be both intelligent and wise. The text clearly explains how Christianity influenced areas of our society such as helping the poor, education, America, civil liberties, science, economics, sex and the family, health and medicine, morality, arts and music. End notes are very thorough and detailed for the skeptic and believer alike so they can check the facts and allow preconceived prejudices and biases to be dissolved by them rather than leap into the dark and address content by holding on to them. The facts clearly stare us in the face. We can choose to either accept or reject them but not before being challenged by both sides of the issue through proper scholarly validation. Rather than brush them aside, our research should include investigating the lives of individuals who "tried Jesus" and found Him to be Who He said He is" as this book does, lives like Mel Trotter, C.S. Lewis, SGT Jacob De Shazer and Captain Mitsuo Fuchida, Chief Tariri or Chuck Colson. Too, do we note that "All but one of the first 123 colleges in colonial America were Christian institutions..." and that "...the founding statement of Harvard is 'Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, [what] the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17:3'". Are we aware that the founder of the computer, Mr. Charles Babbage, was a strong Christian, that hospitals, the International Red Cross and many other benevolent organizations were started by Christians? This book states the facts for us to check!! What kept Mother Theresa doggedly serving suffering humanity? Certainly not the money! Without Christ, this world would be, as so aptly stated by C.S. Lewis..."always winter, but never Christmas!" May yours be merry as you discover all that Christ did for you by a thorough read of this well-written, documented and easy to read book.

must read  Aug 21, 2005
one of the best books i've ever read on christanty. you will understand the profound goodness that jesus christ has bestowed upon mankind. once i started reading this book i could not put it down so read it twice!!!!

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