A Skeleton In God's Closet Paperback – Jan 17 2005
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About the Author
Dr. Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. He is also a historical novelist and serves as Second Vice President of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.
Top Customer Reviews
The characters are reasonably well drawn, though the females seem to be celebrated more for their beauty than for their personality or character. There was room in this novel for an older or unattractive woman known for her warmth, wisdom or expertise. I liked the main female character in the book, I just felt that her chief virtue in the author's mind was her beauty.
Perhaps the book's greatest feature is that it encourages us to think about the nature of faith. The plot is very cleverly designed to make us think specifically about the details on which Christians base their faith in Christ.
The key theological issue in the book involves questions about the truth of the physical resurrection of Christ in the body. Whether Christ lived on after the crucifixion is not the consuming question of this novel, but rather whether he lived on in physical form. The question is not whether he ascended into heaven, but weather he did so in the flesh and blood body he bore while here on earth. As a result, this book is really a text written for Christians by a Christian in order to argue a particular theological point of interest primarily to Christians.
The argument seems a bit contrived at times because it sets up those who believe in a physical resurrection of Christ against those who believe that Christ had no true divinity. There is no room in this book for those who believe in a non-physical resurrection or who believe that Christ is not tied to the physical body he wore while on earth.Read more ›
A Skeleton in God's Closet is well worth reading and I have reread it and enjoyed it many times. Not only will this book make you think about issues of faith versus knowledge, but it will also introduce you to the world of scientific verification of archaeological discoveries. It is the only accessible book to this highly technical feild that I have ever encountered.
The characters in Dr. Maier's book are realistic and easy to identify with. Some have criticised his inability to create deep female characters in his book, and perhaps there is some validity to this as the female character in this book is not really well-developed. The romance is juvenile, unrealistic and annoying. (My wife unfortunately never finished the book because of the cheesy romantic scenes). However the other strengths of the book make it well-worth skipping the remantic passages.
I highly recommend reading this book as a introduction to Dr. Maier's new work, which I believe is the best book of Christian fiction since C.S. Lewis wrote the "Great Divorce".
Most recent customer reviews
I took a History at Western Michigan that Dr. Maier taught in the 1980's> I can still remember details of his lectures. He has a gift to tell a good story. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
I've never been a big fan of Christian fiction, as I usually read books on Christian theology, philosophy, history, and apologetics. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by Rob Nowogorski
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I'm interested in historical fiction, and the cover caught my eye. Read morePublished on May 2 2002 by Imperial Topaz
This book makes you ask yourself, "If what is happening in this story really happened where would I be in my faith walk?" Very perplexing. Well written. Read morePublished on April 18 2002 by Deborah L. Woodstuff
I wasn't sure as I started to read this book if the publisher was a Christian house or not, so I wasn't sure (but suspected) how it would end, knowing it before hand probably makes... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2001 by Michael Beverly
This is the first novel I read by Mr. Maier and was extremely pleased. It is useless in telling what the plot is about since others have explained it and the main review gives it... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2001 by Matthew Faulk
This is one of the best fiction thrillers that I have ever read and, even though I am also a theologian, I found myself questioning the basis of our belief system, not only in... Read morePublished on July 30 2001
What would happen if archaeology were to find Jesus' bones? That's the basis for this Christian thriller. Dr. Jonathan Weber has made this startling discovery. Read morePublished on April 4 2001 by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
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