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A disappointing ramble,
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This review is from: Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith (Kindle Edition)
I left Christianity two years ago after forty years of being an active member in the church. I had gradually come to the view that there is just no evidence to support a belief in God. Faith - that is belief without evidence - just isn't enough. I am comfortable with regarding myself as an atheist, however I hope I will always have an open mind generous enough to consider what Christians have to say to recommend their faith to other people. I have read several of McGrath's books, which have generally confirmed the rightness of my decision to leave Christianity, but this is in my view the worst one. The title (with a nod to C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity)is misleading, it would be reasonable to expect that there was going to be a fair amount of the book devoted to covering what McGrath sees as evidence/reasons for belief, but this is confined to one short chapter. The major part of the book is devoted to doing apologetics,encouraging potential apologists,and encouraging the faithful. This book is of no use to anyone looking for a reasoned defence of Christianity.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2013 15:19:38 GMT
Michael EachTimeBetter says:
Just a note: maybe the point of Christianity is not just being "an active member in the church" but living with and having a true relationship with Jesus (not to say church is an obstacle to that, but there is a danger of replacing real faith with mere membership, however active it might appear). On behalf of those who have had personal experience with living God, you couldn't lose faith like that, simply because it would be rejecting sureness, not faith - as if you've just experienced breakfast and then denied its existence. Sorry to say that, but I assume you have not met God yet, despite those mentioned 40 years, and no apologetics can secure the meeting for anybody.
Posted on 4 May 2014 08:54:13 BDT
K. Moss says:
But...the subtitle does at least imply that the book is not the kind of book you may have been looking for. There are plenty of books of 'evidence' written to varying degrees of academic rigour. This is a book to help Christians share their faith - it was never going to deliver what you were wanting, so it is perhaps a little unfair to expect something else from it.
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