The most important figure ever…

Jesus Christ is easily the most important figure that has ever appeared in the history of mankind.

Emmet Fox, quoted in Jesus in An Age of Controversy by Douglas Groothuis, p. 9

The dominant figure in the history of…

Regardless of what anyone may think or believe about him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for almost twenty centuries. If it were possible, with some sort of super magnet, to pull out of that history every scrap of metal bearing at least a trace of his name, how much would be left?

Jaroslav Pelikan, quoted in On Jesus by Douglas Groothuis, p. 2

The lives that he transformed…

Jesus never entertained an evil thought; he practiced no deceit, had no selfish desires, engaged in no false pretenses, harmed no one, and voiced no guile or hatred, even to those who maligned and mistreated him. He understood people like no other person did, and he spoke and taught as one “who had authority” (Matthew 7:29), a fact that even his critics admitted. Yet he received no honor or accolades. Continue reading

He changed millions more than…

Jesus was no political figure; he had no connection with Herod or the Sanhedrin; he took no political action; his disciples were relatively uneducated. Yet he changed millions more than Alexander the Great, Mohammed, and Napoleon put together. It all happened because his message and his physical resurrection transformed his early followers, Continue reading

The character of Jesus…

The character of Jesus has not only been the highest pattern of virtue, but the strongest incentive in its practice; it has exacted so deep an influence that it may be truly said that the simple record of three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and to soften mankind than all the dispositions of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.

William E. H. Lecky, quoted in The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F. F. Bruce, p. 3

One solitary life…

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then, for three years, he was an itinerant preacher. Continue reading