We live in a time and culture where even many who are inside the church and profess faith in Christ do not know or believe in the doctrinal distinctiveness of Christianity. Jared Wilson in Unparalleled draws heavily on his pastoral experience to shed light on the distinctiveness and beauty of Christianity.
Wilson first addresses the distinctive belief in God found in biblical Christianity. Many people are seeking to argue that because certain faiths believe in one God, then therefore the one God they believe in is the same God. Wilson states simply, “lots of people worshiping one God does not mean they are worshiping the same God (p. 34).” Wilson shows how Christianity’s dual understanding of God as both imminent and transcendent sets it apart from all other world religions. He then addresses the doctrine of the Trinity underlying its biblical origins and implications for Christian practice. The next chapters address the Christian understanding of human life that it is sacred because we are image bearers, and that the image is often distorted because of human sinfulness. Wilson then addresses the person and work of Christ and how that makes to gospel message truly unique and why we must share it. The final chapter addresses how Christians view the end and the renewal of all things Christ has promised in his word.
There are many books that address the distinctive nature of Christianity. Few however strike the person and pastoral tone that is found through out this book. Wilson clearly addresses the bedrock beliefs of Christian orthodoxy and demonstrates their importance from his won personal ministry. I believe this book would be a great resource to help a new believer through, or to go through with someone who his curious to learn more about Christianity.
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