God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader

God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader

by Kenneth Richard Samples

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Overview

Was Jesus just a spiritual leader, like Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad? Or is he something more—something else entirely?

In God among Sages, apologist Ken Samples offers readers a biblical and historical portrait of Jesus, grounded in the claims Jesus makes about himself. Then Samples compares and contrasts Jesus with Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad using eight relevant categories of evaluation. He also helps readers understand the competing philosophies of religious pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism. The result is a clearer understanding of what sets Jesus apart as not simply a teacher to follow but God himself, worthy of our full allegiance and worship.

Christians who struggle to answer claims that Jesus was just a good teacher, as well as those haven't quite made up their minds about Jesus's claims to divinity, will value this accessible introduction to comparative religions.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016905
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Richard Samples is a senior research scholar with Reasons To Believe, the premier science-faith integration ministry. An adjunct instructor of apologetics at Biola University, Samples is the author of Without a Doubt, A World of Difference, and 7 Truths That Changed the World. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Joan, and their three children.

Table of Contents

List of Tables xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Jesus and the World's Religious Leaders xvii

Part 1 The Historic Christian Portrait of Jesus Christ

1 Jesus's Stunning Self-Understanding 3

2 The Matchless Life of Jesus 17

3 A Historic Christology 33

4 Answering Challenges to Jesus's Historic Identity 55

Part 2 Four Major Leaders of World Religions and Jesus

5 The Prince (Krishna) and the Lord 79

6 The Buddha (Gautama) and the Christ 103

7 The Teacher (Confucius) and the Savior 133

8 The Prophet (Muhammad) and the Son of God 159

Part 3 Christianity and the World's Religions

9 Truth, Tolerance, and the Plurality of Religious Claims 191

10 Biblical Perspective on the World's Religions 209

Conclusion: Jesus, God among Sages 229

Notes 233

Bibliography 245

Index of Subjects 257

Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Sources 261

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