Title: Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity
Author: Jeremiah J. Johnston
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 5, 2017)
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like without Christianity? American culture is actively making its way that direction, although we still see the positive impact of Christianity in many arenas. Look outside our comfortable bubble, however, and the evidence is everywhere. Regimes in present-day China and North Korea and recent history in Nazi Germany, Communist Russia, Fascist Italy, and numerous other countries demonstrate the amount of evil that will persist when Christianity is kicked out. Men such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche paved the way for such destructive forces to take root and lead citizens headlong into ignoring if not outright participating in the tremendous evils seen in the last century.
This is not an exhaustive examination of the subject, but Johnston offers enough of a look into the world that has rejected Christ to make his point clear. He states on page 142, “Without God, ethics can take any form, even exceedingly wicked forms, as we saw in the atheist and anti-Christian regimes of the twentieth century. I am not speaking theory; this is not opinion. The dreadful facts of the atheist regimes, whose morality was not tethered to God, speak for themselves.” How anyone can look to the Communist or Socialist systems and admire them to a fault is beyond me; these systems, over and over, have proven themselves to be incapable of working, at least to the benefit of society at large.
If the story ended there, it would be grim indeed. But God is a God of love, mercy, and grace (as well as a God of justice and wrath), and rather than leave the world to simply implode, He stepped into His creation and provided hope. Today we see that the Church is instrumental in combating the evils of this world, as it is Christians who are by far the greatest sources of philanthropy and humanitarian aid.
I encourage you to take a trip through this book and remind yourself that a world without Christ is the worst world we could ever see in this life. Read also to remember that God has not left this world to its own devices and has intervened in many mighty ways, ultimately in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the subsequent work through those devoted to Him.
Overall, I’d rate this book 4/5. Pick up a copy through this Amazon Affiliate link.
Note: I received a free copy of Unimaginable through Cross-Focused Reviews in exchange for my fair and honest opinion. I was not obligated to provide positive feedback.