So who is He?

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When I received this book from Lexham, I was a bit skeptical. After all, Ben Witherington is an excellent New Testament scholar, but I have not heard of him being a theologian. Still. I knew that since he wrote it, it would likely be brilliant. The book looked small as well so I thought it would be a quick read and so I decided to dive in.

First off, I was right on one point. This is a quick read. I started it in the late afternoon and I finished it before I went to bed that evening. If you want a quick read on the nature of God, a primer as you will, this is the one to go to. Itís a short read, but letís get to the other parts.

Second, my skepticism proved to be wrong. This is really a great book. Itís not a dry read from a New Testament scholar. Itís really a passionate act of worship, something I donít think Iíve seen like that from Witherington before, but it was an excellent work. It focuses on a select few attributes of God, and not always the ones we normally go to.

Normally, if you pick up something like the Summa Theologica for example, you will get the far more metaphysical concepts of God. I was just looking it up. Aquinas wrote a lot, but in the Prima Pars I donít see love mentioned. What Witherington covers is five concepts. Love, light, life, spirit, and unique.

This isnít an apologetics book per se. You wonít find arguments for the existence of God or the reliability of Scripture. All of this stuff is just assumed, and thatís fine. This book is more of a devotional book for those who believe.

At times, Witherington does touch on some secondary issues. Towards the end, some issues I didnít care for being discussed, but if that distracts you from the overall point of the book, you have greatly missed out. Witheringtonís book is a refreshing step out of the ivory tower as it were to a place where theology is meant to meet real life.

Far too long, I have said that a disconnect is there. Too many apologists I think have been doing what Lewis said, been so intent on proving God exists that you would think He has nothing to do but to exist. Witheringtonís work reminds us that theology is meant to touch your life. It should change how you live.

Are you worried you wonít understand it because itís deep talk about God? Donít be. Witheringtonís book is very readable. Like I said, itís short enough that you can read it in a day, but it will be a day well spent. You will find at least one gem in here that will get you closer to worship of our great God.

In Christ,
Nick Peters