Osborn asks, Why be a Christian? After considering some of the typical answers tradition has offered, he contends that only one works: because Christianity is about truth, the truth that bears the name, Jesus. It's all about Jesus-a most faithful Jewish son of God, who was called by his Father, the Lord God of Israel, to be the witness to the coming kingdom of God. This ministry brought him into conflict with authorities and with the power of the death they wielded, thus raising serious questions about Jesus and his authority. His crucifixion appeared to answer the question in the negative. However, there was a divine irony in the cross as revealed by the resurrection-namely, that the life and especially the death of Jesus was really the story of God's victory over death and the evil it empowers, and thus the decisive event of Jesus's messiahship. Yet, while death is defeated and has no future it nevertheless persists, and the church, which God brings into being as a result of Jesus's ministry is called to continue in the power of Jesus to fight against death, especially its manifestation in social/political evil, as well as in personal sin.Osborn, Robert is the author of 'It's All About Jesus', published 2006 under ISBN 9780595414222 and ISBN 0595414222.