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To spiritually ground a new believer, or new disciple, we intuitively want them to read two things: the Gospels and a book like Mere Christianity. Why? Because we want to introduce them to Jesus as well as provide strong support for their faith. In Jesus Without Religion, Rick James has written a book that accomplishes both objectives.

Apologetic books typically present arguments for Jesus, stripped from the context of Scripture. While arguing for Jesus, we never actually meet Jesus. Jesus Without Religion provides an overview of the Gospels, and through reading sections of Scripture with brief commentary, the reader gets to know Jesus – what he said and what he did. And, where possible, apologetic arguments (everything from “Lord, Liar, Lunatic” to “Evidence for the Resurrection”) are imported into the commentary to provide gentle persuasion and assurance.

Jesus Without Religion paints a compelling portrait of Jesus and after finishing the book, the reader will clearly understand the words, works and claims of Jesus. The book concludes with a clear presentation of the gospel as well as an opportunity to respond. Think of JWR as the More Than a Carpenter for this generation, especially as the writing style is far from formal.

Book Outline:
Contact: Jesus arrives on planet earth
Vulgar: Course words, shocking speech
Marvel: Super power
Scandalon: The final offense
Scapegoat: The death of innocence
Why? What was the point?

About the Author

About the Author

Rick graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Fine Arts and worked as a writer and art director at Young & Rubicam, an advertising agency in New York City. Leaving Madison Avenue in 1988, Rick and his wife Katie joined the staff of Cru where he has served as Campus Director at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and for many years as Regional Director for the campus ministries of the Mid-Atlantic.

Rick currently serves as Publisher of CruPress and is responsible for writing and producing ministry resources for the Campus Ministry. Rick is also a traveling speaker for Cru, speaking on campuses and at conferences across the U.S.

Rick and Katie have three adult children and live in West Chester, PA.


Product Details:

  • Size 5.5 x 8.25
  • 143 pages
  • Softcover
  • InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN 0-8308-3607-1

Purchase a case: 72 books at bulk price.

Ministry Use:

You would use Jesus Without Religion everywhere you would have used a book like More Than a Carpenter or The Case for Christ: FSKs, as a broad sowing evangelism tool; Follow-up after an evangelistic appointment; and grounding a new believer or disciple in foundational truths on the person of Christ.


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