Thursday, October 3, 2013

Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?

Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin? by Brandon D Crowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great series of short books on important topics that P&R is putting out.  "Was Jesus Born of a Virgin?" is a question that has been posed since, seemingly, Jesus' birth.

Crowe goes about showing some of the arguments against the virgin birth and offering brief counterarguments.  These sections are extremely brief and they might have been fleshed out just a little bit more.

I still remember a few years ago when Rob Bell, while not directly casting aspersions on the doctrine of the virgin birth, questioned if the doctrine was even a relevant one for Christians.  As a response to those who see no reason to argue for or against the virgin birth because they see it, at best, as a peripheral teaching, Crowe devotes a section of this book to the necessity of the doctrine and its implications on the rest of Christian faith and practice.

This entire series is focused on big picture arguments.  It does not take the time to go into the nuances of any perspectives and does not spend much, if any, time offering extensive proofs to arguments presented.  These are fly-by's and are really good at being that.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.

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