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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource for the layman.
"Reasons" provides easily understandable refutation of Darwinism. McDowell and Stewart demonstrate the irrationality of evolution and how it flies in the face of scientific fact. Other books on the subject are more comprehensive; this book is intended as a resource for quick information. Chapters are brief and concise. Footnotes are provided for those...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reasons Skeptics Should Laugh Till They Bust
I had the disturbing experience of reading `Reasons' after I happened to find a copy mysteriously sandwiched between two books on engineering in the basement of the company I work for. That some never-identified previous owner had abandoned this tome amongst my employer's anonymous junk should have warned me. I have since disposed of it myself, in the bin...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource for the layman., 7 Aug. 1998
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"Reasons" provides easily understandable refutation of Darwinism. McDowell and Stewart demonstrate the irrationality of evolution and how it flies in the face of scientific fact. Other books on the subject are more comprehensive; this book is intended as a resource for quick information. Chapters are brief and concise. Footnotes are provided for those wishing to pursue more indepth research. This book is in my top ten for easy apologetics.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reasons Skeptics Should Laugh Till They Bust, 14 Aug. 2007
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I had the disturbing experience of reading `Reasons' after I happened to find a copy mysteriously sandwiched between two books on engineering in the basement of the company I work for. That some never-identified previous owner had abandoned this tome amongst my employer's anonymous junk should have warned me. I have since disposed of it myself, in the bin.

`Reasons Skeptics Should Consider Christianity' is one of the biggest pieces of lying, stupid rubbish I have ever read. I am tempted to say that the time I spent reading it was a complete waste, although in truth it may be fair to say that the experience had some small merit, if only in serving as a dire warning about some of the fruitcakes who are out there, the crazy things they believe, and the worrying fact that apparently some of them actually succeed in getting their nonsense published, the better to mess with other impressionable minds.

To an interested skeptic the book serves as an excellent catalogue of classic religious fundamentalist nonsense. Buy this book just to find out the laughably bad `reasons' why characters like McDowell and Stewart think the Bible and Christianity are true.

The earlier part of the book, about two fifths of it, is concerned with the defence of Christianity specifically, and is as perfect a showcase as one could ask for of all of the most tired and hackneyed logical fallacies and invalid evidence that forms the bouncy-castle `bedrock' of the modern religious fundamentalist's worldview, all of it delivered with absolute deadpan sincerity and a totally straight face, as is vital to any good comedy routine.

The closing three-fifths is simply a young-earth-creationist treatise, straying rather wide of that theological territory most immediately pertinent to proving his beloved Christianity - ostensibly what this book was supposed to be about, I thought - but if there's one thing these people can never leave alone for long, it's their cherished `flat Earth' stuff. I'm only surprised he managed to hold himself back until nearly half way through the book.

I'm not going to go through the book giving a blow-by-blow refutation of all its errors; we would be here forever, and the task is superfluous anyway since this good work has already been done on the Secular Web and on sites such as Talkorigins. However, I will give one example of McDowell's dishonesty, for the simple reasons that it was so blatant, and, in my experience, Josh's own little twist on it was unique.

Bringing forth the old creationist canard that the Second Law of Thermodynamics disproves evolution, McDowell starts off "The Second Law of Thermodynamics could be expressed as follows ...."

Alarm bells should ring immediately in any astute reader's mind. `COULD be expressed'? We don't wish to know how the Second Law COULD be expressed, since this implies that we are going to be fed something other than the Second Law. We simply wish to be told what it IS. We are all grown-ups here and we can stand to read it and work out what it means for ourselves.

And such doubts would be all too valid here, for indeed, what then happens is precisely what I suggested above. McDowell avoids actually telling us what the Second Law truly says, since if he were to do that we would all quickly see that it poses no threat to evolution whatsoever. The actual law is quite a short statement, and easy to read and understand to anybody who has a basic science education. Instead, McDowell presents us with a paragraph of unreadable gobbledegook of his own devising - his `expression' of the Second Law, presumably - which he must then further explain. Surprise, surprise, his explanation manages to show that the Second Law makes evolution impossible. Does a creature like McDowell not feel his face going red as he writes these bare-faced lies?

Buy this book if you wish to gawp with horror and/or amusement at people who are so woefully and tragically out of touch with logic, science, truth, and their own integrity. It's an education. People looking for something with worth and meaning should save their money. Pitiable twaddle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderul, well written book, 4 Jun. 2013
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Josh McDowell is a brilliant, thoughtful, non-sensational author who sticks to the evidence. I would recommend any of his books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/james_still/, 21 Aug. 1997
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Josh McDowell, organizer and minister to the Campus Crusade for Christ, co-wrote with Don Stewart, the infamous book _Reasons Skeptics Should Consider Christianity_. The introduction states that Reasons was "written to give various reasons why we believe in the inspiration of the Bible as God's message to man." Almost in anticipation of, or perhaps in guilt of their deception, the authors go on to explain that it is "not meant to be a scholarly treatise,
rather is has been written to increase the understanding of the average person." This disclaimer should forewarn any serious reader right away, not because all arguments must be presented in some kind of highbrow "scholarly" manner, but because the risk for fallacy is much higher when the material is "played down"
right in the introduction. _Reasons_ scarcely addresses the real concerns of skeptics at all, and the book can hardly be called apologetic in this regard.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A sloppy piece of work, 11 Dec. 1998
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Over half of "Reasons" is a promotion of the so-called "creation science", where MacDowell spews forth a number of arguments to try to discredit evolution. As a scientist, I was appalled to read this section, because he was so wrong on many points! MacDowell has used "evidence" which was completely discredited well before he wrote the book; he has used irrelevant points and misleading arguments; he has attempted to expose "serious problems" with evolution but failed even to acknowledge that there are even more serious problems with "creation science"; he has ridiculed evolution for past errors which have since been fixed yet failed to see that he's using creationists' errors that haven't been fixed. These are unacceptable in any book which claims to show the truth.
MacDowell asks, in the book, why more scientists don't accept creationism. The miserable scholarship in this book is a sample of the real reason why. This, I'm sorry to say, is a book to be avoided.
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