Counterfeit ChristsRegular price $ 16.95
Jesus asked his disciples, â€œWho do you say that I am?â€
Turns out that today, as back then, this question has a lot of different answers. So many groups want to appropriate Jesusâ€”tweaking his identity until he looks and sounds like one of them.
But then you no longer have the Lord, says Trent Horn (Why Weâ€™re Catholic). You have an impostor.
In Counterfeit Christs, Trent looks at eighteen phony versions of Jesus that we encounter today. Some are the creation of non-Christians: like skeptics who dismiss Jesus as a fictional composite of ancient myths, secular humanists who think he was just a Nice Man, or adherents of other religions who claim him as a prophet or guru in their own tradition.
Others stem from Christian or quasi-Christian theology gone so far wrong that its founder is no longer recognizable. Think of the greed-affirming Jesus of â€œprosperity gospelâ€ preachers or the sects that strip Christ of his divinity.
And of course there are enthusiasts for ideological causes who make him a model Marxist (or Democrat or Republican), or enlist him as a convenient spokesman for â€œtoleranceâ€ of the thing they want to do or promote.
In all these examples and more, the authentic Jesus of Scripture and Tradition is obscured by a pale imitator, and so is the saving power of his wisdom and grace. Read Counterfeit Christs, then,and be able to recognize the fakes when you see them, explain why theyâ€™re phony, and make a case for the full truth and beauty of who Jesus is: the Christ, son of the living God (Matt. 16:16).