"Mathew P John has just the right spirit and content to speak to a culture often confused or turned off by religion”
(Multiple Gold-medallion winning author and Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today)
How do we affirm the biblical notion that Jesus is the only way to God while respecting people of other religious traditions and worldviews?
The Mosaic Course: Understanding World Religions from a Christian Perspective answers this complex question by taking readers on an exciting journey exploring hidden revelations of Jesus Christ in world religions. Used in conjunction with the Mosaic Video Series available at themosaiccourse.org, Christians are equipped to engage in open and respectful dialogue with people of differing worldviews.
Without compromising the fundamental faith conviction that Jesus is the only way to God, this study guide empowers readers to share their faith with people of other religious traditions in a culturally sensitive fashion.
We live in the age of religious pluralism where all religions are considered the same and different paths lead to the same spiritual destination. It is important for Christians to learn how to affirm Jesus Christ as the only way to God—while also paying due respect to people of other faiths and worldviews.
In The Unknown God: A Journey with Jesus from East to West, Mathew P. John explores the redemptive revelations lurking in the darkness outside the boundaries of Christian tradition. In this spiritual journey through six major world religions, readers encounter a variety of symbols that point to the Jesus of the Bible. From Hindu avatars and Buddhist bodhisattvas, to Sikh gurus and Muslim prophets, and the Jewish messiah, consider how different religions attempt to answer the deep longing for a savior ingrained in the collective conscience of humanity.
How can the world religions be so drastically different and yet also uncannily similar and possibly related? Isn't it incomprehensible that the great faiths are both strikingly contrasting but also remarkably overlapping and even convergent? ‘The Unknown God' invites readers on a journey to consider these questions in light of a gospel that challenges, even as it opens up conversation with, people in other faiths.”
Dr. AMOS YONG
Director, CMR, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Author Eugene Petersen observed that we have two mental operations that work in tandem—explanation and imagination. And hardly anything grips our imagination as a well-written story, inviting us to enter the story and play our part in the unfolding drama. What an exciting way to learn about an otherwise ho hum topic—world religions. Read and enter."
Rev. SUNDER KRISHNAN
Rexdale Alliance, Toronto. Author: The Conquest of Innerspace
God is bigger than our boxes! Firmly planted in Jesus’ claims of exclusivity for salvation, Mathew discovers “God’s redemptive grace lurking in the dark and hidden corners of different religions.” “The Unknown God…” will confirm and stretch your beliefs at the same time.
Dr. Craig Sider
President, New York City Leadership
“This book is a generous, thoughtful, nuanced, and compelling exploration of six faith traditions and their views of Jesus, written by a scholar/filmmaker who is himself a committed follower of Jesus. This is a book to share with your friends.”
Dr. RICHARD PEACE
Professor of Spiritual Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary, Author: Noticing God
The book, birthed out of personal experience and passion, is an excellent resource for all of us to understand our neighbour’s perspective and the gifts we all have to give one another. In a world where more compassion, respect and understanding is so desperately needed, The Unknown God is a timely bridge in a sea of walls.
Author: Life’s Great Dare: Risking It All for the Abundant Life
"The Unknown God offers an incredible resource to people of all religious backgrounds, particularly Christians who are looking to understand world religions and how people can talk together in a respectful and thoughtful way about their beliefs. The author’s breadth of knowledge, thoughtful insights and conversational approach are a very rare combination and make it easy for people to grasp the beliefs of world religions, learn from each other and also consider the life and message of Jesus in light of world religions. I highly recommend this book.”
The City Movement,
Author: God Enters Stage Left
The author dared to proclaim Christ as the way, the truth and the life in a world culture that is not open to such claim… He describes how other religions picture Christ and anybody - not just Israel - could have access to father God, through Jesus Christ and be His friends and children with all the promises and its benefits that comes with faith in Christ, which is the only true way of Salvation.
Rev. Thomas Kutty
National Leader (Emeritus), The Foursquare Gospel Church in India.