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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, and highly recommended.
Any anthology of this sort is bound to draw argument and disapproval from some. The book itself is a compilation of extracted chapters from over 30 author's major works.

Whilst the major argument is bound to centre on weather a certain piece should have been included or whether another article would have been better suited the book has more than enough to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed blessings
As with any anthology of writings, this is going to be hit and miss. There are some outstanding sections in here that has prompted me to read the full books from which extracts are taken, and there are some that leave you wondering what the point of their inclusion was. The standout writings are those by Tom Wright and Deitrich Bonhoeffer. It was almost inevitable that...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed blessings, 27 April 2010
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As with any anthology of writings, this is going to be hit and miss. There are some outstanding sections in here that has prompted me to read the full books from which extracts are taken, and there are some that leave you wondering what the point of their inclusion was. The standout writings are those by Tom Wright and Deitrich Bonhoeffer. It was almost inevitable that Alister Mcgrath would have to be included, but the selection that was used was not his best. Perhaps his chapter on faith in "Dawkins' God" would have been a better choice. The early part of the book is tough-going and took several re-reads to fully grasp the arguments.

Is it good? Undoubtedly. Is it likely to convince many people to alter their views? Probably not.

A worthwhile read, but The Language of God remains Collins' best work to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, and highly recommended., 10 Jun 2010
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Any anthology of this sort is bound to draw argument and disapproval from some. The book itself is a compilation of extracted chapters from over 30 author's major works.

Whilst the major argument is bound to centre on weather a certain piece should have been included or whether another article would have been better suited the book has more than enough to cater for everyone's individual tastes, no matter how varied. For me, the highlights included:

St Anselm - God as being that which nothing greater can be conceived
Blaise Pascal - On Pascal's Wager
Keith Ward - On the irrationality of `religion' as a construct
Desmond Tutu - On suffering and Nelson Mandela
Timothy Keller - On justice and misconceptions
Martin Luther King - On human dignity
Paul Brand - On his experiences as a medical surgeon
John Polkinghorne - On the correlation between science and faith
Mother Teresa - On human kindness
Anthony Flew - On rationality, and following the argument wherever it goes

For me these articles stood out amongst the rest, however, for others I'm sure different articles would be listed.

The book itself is nicely presented, in good size front. Each essay is designed to be read in a singular sitting, and therefore none of the essays are particularly long. At the start of each article Collins gives an introduction to the author and the piece included. The purpose of the book is to highlight intellectual theism and the rationality of faith.

Whether the arguments made convince you is irrelevant. Rather as Alister McGrath says: "the hallmark of intelligence is not whether one believes in God or not, but the quality of the processes that underlie one's beliefs". Thus this book is all about the processes that underlie belief.

Overall I was thoroughly pleased by the book itself and found it highly enjoyable. It's definitely a book I'll keep as I'll no doubt revisit certain articles at different points. On this basis I give the book 5 stars and a thorough recommendation to all.
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