5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2012
Basically, i like reading books on apologetics. As a christian its always great to see the other side of the argument. with the media exclusively promoting the atheist side of the agenda and treating christianity as if it was narnia. Its not difficult to understand why so many have fallen away and act like God is non-existent. What I like about this book is that it goes on the offensive. At times you can see from how the author worded his responses that he was clearly rolling his eyes and annoyed. I empathise with this. As many of the arguments given by atheists and agnostics are so old, and repeated verbatim. oftentimes you can tell when a debater has been reading a particular author or watched a particular documentary.
Hutchinson has, in my opinion written a very authoritative book here. He obviously knows what he's talking about, and gives throughout the book different authors to check out. He goes deep into archaeology and history, as well as philosophy, morality and ethics.
without doubt a five star book and author.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2011
A fascinating book ! For many centuries the Bible has been considered THE source to go to for wisdom and guidance, faith and hope, comfort and encouragement and many wish that this was still the case. For those who have been persuaded by the spin-doctors and psychobabble brigade that The Bible is old-fashioned and inaccurate; this book will be a breath of fresh air ! The Author brings out the ACCURACY of Holy Writ in a refreshing and enjoyable manner. The constant confirmation by archaeology of Biblical places and events was a surprise. I HAD taken the Bible to be a primarily spiritual book but stand corrected. The Author writes of the principal that laws apply equally to ALL ; unique to any recorded laws of the period anywhere as far as I know. This book inspired me to seek out material of my own and I found some very interesting things ! About simple hygiene for example. Were you aware who were the first recorded people to wash their hands under running water millennia before Semmelweiss "invented" hygiene ? Did you know the earliest known historical reference to burying human excrement outside the camp and covering it over to prevent disease? We know of prohibitions on eating blood and who can and cannot go into the Temple but this book goes further and challenges many assumptions that we make unknowingly by believing the media and not trusting that The Bible is what it says it is. The Word of God. This book posits the question " IF God created everything and IF He sent His Son to redeem mankind, HOW would He tell us about it ? Would He have caused a book to be written so His Word would be preserved for mankind ?" This book has opened my eyes to The Bible in a new way and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more of the foundational bedrock of modern civilisation. Full Marks !
8 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2009
I bought this book to get the other side of the argument from the very readable Richard Dawkins book, "The God delusion". Having been brought up a Christian I was not unhappy to have my faith challenged by reading his book and needless to say, I have not become an atheist after reading it.I can see his argument but I choose to believe in God. What Richard Dawkins book opened my eyes to was the similarities between religions-a super power and an ethical code to live by. Christians seem to think they are the only ones with "the Truth" and are scathing of other relgions and atheists, so I wanted to test that out. I wanted to see the proof that the Bible was "the ONLY book" with the truth. What a waste of time and money. Not only was the book very stodgy to read and academic, I was initially put off by the inference that atheists are idiots."Village idiots...er...atheists" I cannot stand this arrogance amongst Christians toward fellow human beings with a different point of view.The waste of time was confirmed when I got so bored that I cut to the chase to the section entitled "the bottom line for faith"-this section concluded that you can't prove anything and people come to faith through experiencing the Christian church/individual Christians, and deciding that what Jesus did "fits" their experience of the world. So there you have it. No more convincing a case than for any other religion. I have now left the Christian church and am looking into the Unitarian church which welcomes all religions, much more appealing and broad, and of course much less arrogant.
17 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2008
This book shoud be required reading, for both Christians, to remind them why we're RIGHT, and for Atheists, to let them know they're way out in LEFT FIELD, pun intended. Christianity offers hope, because God values each individual. Atheism offers only despair; nothing matters because people are only a mistake of biology, just a random result of evolution.
The premise of the book can be summed up as follows:
The Atheist needs a belief system that states that human beings are only animals; that way, the Atheist can behave like an animal. After all, evolution teaches that only the dominant deserve to survive, so go ahead and do whatever pleases and benefits oneself, all others be damned.
Fortunately, we all have the ability to make our own decisions. If Christianity isn't true, then it does not matter. If it is true, then it is the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS.