What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?
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What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

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We live in a cynical age in which only one prejudice is tolerated--anti-Christian bigotry. Yet despite the unbridled slanders and attacks against the faith, one powerful truth is undeniable: if Christ had never been born, nearly every facet of human life would be much more miserable than it is today. Arranged topically and presenting compelling, little-known historical fac...more
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Published October 1st 2001 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 1994)
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Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe marked it as stricken  ·  review of another edition
We live in a cynical age in which only one prejudice is tolerated--anti-Christian bigotry.

Oh, Really? It's easier for a convicted white felon male to get a job than a black male with no criminal record, gay people enjoy virtually no legal protections to their long-term relationships, natives still live in grinding poverty, the disabled are routinely denied even the most simple accommodations, anti-Muslim prejudice is at an all time high, and a majority of US voters wouldn't elect an atheist to...more
This could have been an interesting book, about the good things that came out of Christianity. But instead of being an honest examination of history, the book distorts and misrepresents reality.

Kennedy has written a long list of things that are allegedly a result of Jesus Christ, including hospitals, science, education, justice, representative government, benevolence and charity. While some of the things have been practiced by Christians, that doesn't mean that those things would not have existe...more
Heather Denigan
I read "What if Jesus Had Never Been Born" in my early teens (if I remember rightly) and I believe it has proved one of the most formative books in developing my faith. Kennedy shows the sweeping influence of Christianity over culture. Jesus didn't come to spray paint the world; He came in like a tidal wave or a forest fire, clearing out the trash and underbrush and leaving behind the enduring and healthy.

I've never forgotten Kennedy's description of the crassness found in the ancient, ruined c...more
Joanna M.
While this author seems to have had some somewhat valid points brewing while writing this book, his writing comes across as scattered and illogical, causing him to lose whatever validity he may have possessed to begin with. Unfortunately, I highly recommend not reading this book.
Adam T Calvert
On the one hand, I would say this is a truly great contribution to the idea that Christianity has a place in transforming the world for good - not in a “social gospel” sense but in the sense that the gospel truly transforms the lives of individuals who then use the grace given them to transform society.

The book was published in 1994 to answer the simple question, “What if Jesus had never been born?” For all the animosity that is out there toward Christianity and how it’s been a disservice to the...more
Really amazing book! It is so incredible to see all the ways the Jesus has made an impact on the world in ways I had never even thought of!
Heather Tomlinson

Great title, great idea, but terrible execution, for anyone who isn't a Republican, American Calvinist, anyway.

The title might be more appropriate as 'What if Calvin had Never Been Born'? I've got a real thing about the veneration of Calvin... and this book certainly tries its best in that regard.

It's written within a very particular kind of Christian worldview, and is very 'us and them' and angry about secularism etc. Not that he doesn't have a point in some of what his says, it's just the way...more
David Nixon
Despite its blasphemous suggesting title, this book was packed with little known facts of Jesus influence beyond the gospels.
A fascinating look at Christianity and it's effect through the centuries.
D.A. Cairns
Despite being unashamedly US centric, and clearly a right Christian fundamentalist publication, I found it impossible to disagree with most of the author's conclusions. I am a Christian, so obviously I enjoyed, and was inspired by What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

It is a thoroughly researched, balanced and passionate apologetic for the overwhelmingly positive and beneficial effect that Jesus Christ and his true disciples have had on the world throughout history. What If Jesus Had Never Been Bor...more
Reading through this book, I felt as though I was watching a movie with a great plot but with bad actors... Don't get me wrong, I have been very strongly inspired by Kennedy's sound apologetics books (so my expectations for this book were probably too high) but, bottom-line, I usually LOVE Kennedy's books. The problem was not the facts or the flow of ideas but really the biased comments He states as truth (in his own way of seeing things) without taking the time to explain why he believes that a...more
Scott Ray

Well written....good arguments on subjects covered, but it quite what. I was hoping for. Scope was too wide. It was a great for a believer to begin looking at diff subjects. The info is true and very compelling. The author was very honest about where the church has messed up in the past as well. He also makes a great argument about the effects of the visible and invisible church for good and bad. The only problem is that due to the vast number of subjects covered, the author is unable to go dee...more
May 02, 2014 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12+
Recommended to Sarah by: Sonlight
This book is unique in that it's not trying to prove that God is real or that Jesus really rose from the dead. It's not trying to prove to you that Christianity is the only way. Instead, it presents the facts about what Christianity has done for the world - specifically all the good it's done. D. James Kennedy does this in a very engaging manner, making it easy to read and quite interesting. It also provides a powerful witness to the power of Jesus Christ, showing how He has changed the world. I...more
This is a good overview of how Jesus has changed everything from medicine to women's rights to science to mercy to the poor to education. It has a poor section despising the visible church, but overall would be a great book to give someone who takes the radical cultural impact of the gospel for granted.
Mary Jane
This is an interesting book in that it looks at Jesus and the contributions of Christianity from a different perspective. I did not agree with the perspective in everything that was said but it certainly provided some great jumping off points for discussion.
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