How Christianity’s Uniqueness Makes it Compelling
We are excited to announce today’s release of Unparalleled: How Christainity's Uniqueness Makes it Compelling by FTC managing editor Jared C. Wilson. This new resource will serve Christians well as we explore more of what it will take to share the gospel of Jesus with an increasingly pluralistic, irreligious, and spiritually hostile world.
Unparalleled is not your average apologetics work, though it does contain the kind of information that will help Christians respond to common objections to the faith like these:
– The resurrection is just a Christian repackaging of pagan myths.
– All of the monotheistic religions basically worship the same God, so Christianity is just one expression of several legitimate faiths.
– Christians are the most selfish of all religious adherents and responsible for most of the wars and injustice in the world.
– Jesus never really claimed to be God.
Most Christians interested in engaging their friends and neighbors with the incredible message of grace will recognize that these are the kind of new(ish) challenges the Church needs to be equipped to face. But Unparalleled‘s greatest strength is in how it helps Christians to not simply win arguments, but to “win the man.”
A lot of believers know the answers to basic apologetic questions. But not enough know a) how the tenets of Christianity are completely unique compared to other religions and philosophies, and b) how these unique claims and characteristics actually correspond to deep-seated needs and longings in every single human heart.
In other words, Unparalleled doesn’t just help believers and unbelievers alike know how Christianity makes religious and historical sense, but how it actually makes emotional and spiritual sense.
Here is a sampling of what some people are saying about this new work:
“I love a book that helps me love Jesus more. Jared C. Wilson has a way of talking about Jesus that both informs and inspires. Whether you are just learning about the Gospel or have been following Jesus for many years, Unparalleled will deepen your understanding and appreciation for the Christian Faith, so unique and distinctive.” — Kyle Idleman, author of Not a Fan & Teaching Pastor, Southeast Christian Church
"Read this book to shore up your own convictions, but don't stop there. Share it with someone who needs some light cast on who Christians are and what we believe." — Russell Moore, president, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
“I've read a lot of Jared Wilson's books and blogs over the years. Unparalleled is my favorite. Like handling a diamond, Jared turns to the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, shining light on edges that come together to make Christianity unique. Read and you'll be refreshed. Read and, if you're like me, you'll love Jesus more when you finish this book.” — Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, author of Gospel-Centered Teaching, Clear Winter Nights, and Counterfeit Gospels
“Unparalleled is a reliable guide of clear and artfully illustrated truths about Christianity. I always appreciate how Jared's compassion comes alongside his candor as he gives perspective for our near-sighted faith. Unparalleled is going to help many people to see the unseen.” — Gloria Furman, cross-cultural worker, author of The Pastor's Wife and Missional Motherhood
“This is a book you should put in the hands of every Christian.” — Daniel Darling, author of The Original Jesus and Vice President for Communications, ERLC
“CS Lewis said once that Christianity has to be true because no mere human would have ever thought it up. Unapologetically, the Gospel of Jesus is counter: counter-intuitive, counter-culture, counter-self and even counter-religion. And yet, it is its ‘counter-ness’ that causes the Gospel to stand out as not only plausible, but wonderfully compelling. Jared Wilson does a magnificent job showing us why. Take the time to learn from this book. It will be well worth your time.” — Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who are Tired of Taking Sides
“In Unparalleled, Jared Wilson skillfully reminds us that through Jesus, the Christian faith is sustained by grace and meets our needs at every level. No matter if you are a Christian or not, you should read this book. You'll finish with a deeper appreciation of God's love for you and others.” — Caleb Kaltenbach, author of Messy Grace and Lead Pastor, Discovery Church
Read more endorsements and find out more about Unparalleled here.