If you had to recommend one book for presenting the “case” for the divinity of Jesus, what would it be?
Can you give a little more information. I mean a good book would be the Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologae or Suma Contra Gentiles, but I suspect those are little too deep.
What is it exactly that you are trying to get at?
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis.
Followed closely by Theology For Beginners, by Frank Sheed, then Theology and Sanity, also by Frank Sheed.
For a former Catholic who doesn’t think Jesus was divine, who said they are open to reading something I give them.
Then I would agree with Fidelis’s suggestion, Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed.
Also Catholocism for Dumies by Frs. Trujulio and Brighenti.
Has this person expressed on what they base their position that Jesus is not God?
Have you tried the Bible?
The Four Gospels. Start backwards, with the Gospel of John.
The book of St. John, chapter 1.
Asside from the Book of John, which should be enough if they believe in the infalibility of the Bible,
More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell.
Its a short read but its intense and a great case.
Also point out the many places where Jesus calls himself God. You either have to take Jesus as God, or a crazy man on the level of the bum on the corner with the sign saying I am God here to judge you.
This book is useful in many areas. Just keep in mind, however, that the author is not a Catholic and there are several areas where the content does not reflect Catholic teaching.
I would also suggest C.S Lewis’s book Mere Christianity. In Mere Christianity, C.S Lewis constructs a logical, methodical argument for not only Christs divinity, but also the existence of God and of Christianity in general being the one true faith. The crux of the book is a methodical and logical argument for the core truths of the Christian faith that all denominations share. A relatively short book but an intense read. It dispelled alot of doubt I had about my faith and has given me a foundation of arguments that can be used not only to prove to ourselves the exsistence of God and Jesus and his divinity, but I know several people that came to Christ because of this book.
Be Blessed my Friends, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Brendan Marchion, A servant of Christ
“The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel. Very easy read and he uses his “investigative journalism” background to lay things out.
John, 1, 1-14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be
4 through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race;
5 the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 A man named John was sent from God.
7 He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.
11 He came to what was his own, but his own people 7 did not accept him.
12 But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name,
13 who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
The Word was God and the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
This is a good book, but there are a few comments in the book that are troubling for Catholics. Off the top of my head, I remember Strobel taking for granted that the “brothers of the Lord” (specifically James) as being a blood brothers of Jesus. This is a denial of Mary’s perpetual virginity.
Not that one should write off the book for this reason, but it is certainly something to keep in mind if you would give it to someone who is struggling with their faith. I guess you could just be sure to supplement it with Catholic Answers Brethren of the Lord tract.