In this timely book for believers, inquirers, and skeptics alike, James R. Edwards confronts this difficult question head-on: is Jesus the sole savior of the world? After tracing the currents of modernity from the Enlightenment to the Jesus Seminar, Edwards contends that the assumptions of the most skeptical historical-Jesus scholars are no more intellectually defensible than the claims of faith. He then assembles extensive support to show that Jesus considered himself the unique and saving mission of God to the world. Edwards devotes the second half of the book to discussing Jesus as savior in light of contemporary cultural currents, specifically addressing the thorny issues of religious pluralism, moral relativism, postmodernism, and the quest for world peace. Illustrated with real-life stories, Is Jesus the Only Savior? gives a fair hearing to twenty-first-century concerns, while upholding historic Christian faith.
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Grounded in scholarship and common sense, this book lays out in brief compass why Jesus remains the only savior.
—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Lively and cleverly written yet carefully argued . . . I enthusiastically recommend this book to all who are interested in the truth about Jesus.
—Stephen T. Davis, Russell K Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremond McKenna College
An unusual book on the question of religious pluralism . . . this valuable contribution from the pen of a New Testament scholar will assist readers looking for a defense of the historical Christian understanding of the person and place of Jesus.
—I. Howard Marshall, professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
In this well-written volume, James Edwards turns his theological ship into the relativistic winds of present western intellectual culture and sails against the tide of postmodern skepticism regarding the truth value of all religious claims.
—Princeton Seminary Bulletin
James R. Edwards is Bruner-Welch Endowed Professor of Theology at Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington. He is also the author of the Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Mark and The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition.