by John S. Dickerson
Jesus Skeptic is a fascinating book by journalist John S.Dickerson. The book explores the credibility and impact of Christianity on society and provides a thorough account of the facts (yes, real facts!) of Jesus here on earth. Dickerson not only points out the impact of Christianity on society but also the enormity of the message and teachings of Jesus in our world today.
The author writes from the perspective of investigative journalist and self-admitted skeptic. His list of resources and research fills pages of notes in the back of the book. In addition, Jesus Skeptic offers suggested reading lists for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the facts of the presence and impact of Jesus.
Jesus Skeptic measures Christianity’s impact on the Scientific Revolution, listing many famous scientific pioneers and their documented deep faith in Jesus Christ. The impact of Christianity doesn’t end there. That is just the beginning as the author proves how universities, hospitals, modern medicine, ending slavery and public education all have roots in the Christian faith.
Although the author’s primary audience may have been skeptics of Jesus, it is an invaluable resource for Christians introducing Jesus to those who struggle to believe by faith alone. This book is Jesus saying to doubting Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:27) Dickerson doesn’t suggest that Jesus is real—he proves it! If anyone doubts that Jesus was an actual, living human being who claimed to be God—his or her doubt will vanish after reading Jesus Skeptic.
Much like author Josh McDowell who set out to disprove the existence of Jesus in Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Dickerson’s investigation and research causes him to want more of Jesus himself. I believe in Jesus by faith. Nonetheless, I’m strengthened in my faith by this amazing account of the documented facts of Jesus Christ. This book is essential reading for both the doubting Thomas and the faith-filled Christian.