Too often circular reasoning is used in order to defend the divinity of Jesus. A conversation might resemble the following.
How do you know Jesus is the son of God? Because the Bible says so.
How do you know the Bible is accurate? Because Jesus said it was inspired.
Why should I trust what Jesus had to say? Because Jesus is the son of God.
I think the problem of logic is fairly obvious.
Over the past few years there have been some great books written that help people with their faith on the subject of who and what Jesus is. Most notably might by Lee Strobel. His “Case for…” books are very helpful and well written.
However, I have never been as impressed with the flow of an author’s argument as I was when reading Atticus G. Haygood’s The Man of Galilee. The book does not exercise the common arguments of modern defenders. Though the book is over 100 years old I found its arguments and logic fresh and convincing.
Haygood starts with the gospels as historical documents, as opposed to starting with them as inspired documents. From there he discusses the claims they make of Jesus against the culture and society of Jesus’ day. The conclusion is that not only was Jesus not an invention of gospel writers or, simply, a good man, He was in fact the Son of God!
*This book has received an award since its republishing with DeWard!