The Jesus Inquest – Book Review

By Charles Foster

Did Jesus of Nazareth really die upon a cross and then rise again after three days in the tomb?  That is the question  that Charles Foster seeks to answer in a fictional courtroom trial.  The trial may be fictional, but rest assured the arguments and evidence are based entirely on fact.  These are the arguments that occur right here in our world between the non-believer and the believer.  With exhausting detail, Foster brings to the light, every intelligent (and a few not so intelligent) and relevant argument against the resurrection.  X (the prosecution) lays out his argument thoroughly, and then Y (the defense) counters each point argued by X by offering argument and evidence to disprove X’s conclusions and  support the resurrection.  This is the general format for each chapter.  X opens against the resurrection and Y responds in support of the resurrection.

Foster, a barrister, uses all of his lawyerly skills to present an unbiased examination of the evidence – from both perspectives.  He is not afraid to expose every “contradiction” in the resurrection story with skill and convincing argument.  Then, just as convincingly,  he dismantles the prosecution’s case – point by point.  Foster’s goal?  To either prove or disprove the resurrection of Christ.

If you are easily offended by suggestions that Jesus of Nazareth was/is anything but the Son of God, if you have a difficult time hearing arguments that essentially negate the divinity of Christ, then this book will probably offend you.  Foster, pulls no punches in the examination of the arguments.  He does not water down the comments by X in order to be non-offensive.  He maintains a true voice for both sides throughout the book.  However, if you are interested in an honest examination of the facts from an intellectual standpoint, then you are in for a treat.  Foster manages to keep the book interesting and well paced, for a quick and intriguing read.  In the end, you may find that your faith is stronger and you are better prepared to discuss the resurrection with dissenters.

Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.