34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
A very useful book for a Christian,
This review is from: Reasonable Faith (Paperback)
As others have said, I was also drawn to this book after seeing a series of debates by William Lane Craig. However, as an agnostic, I felt like this wasn't really meant for me but rather it was meant for Christians to reinforce their fate and allow them to develop a positive case for the existence of God based on actual arguments.
I don't think this book can convert an atheist to theism although I personally found it interesting and useful for a better understanding of the Christian case for God.
My choice to rate it with 5 stars is based on what I think the value that this book may have for Christians, it's intended audience. A non-believer will certainly find this book interesting but not necessarily convincing.
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Initial post: 17 Jul 2009 16:59:50 BDT
Thank you for such a helpful comment! I appriciate that you can't tell whether i am being sarcastic or not... just trust me, IM NOT! :D Thank you very much indeed!
Posted on 25 Jul 2011 15:45:11 BDT
Mr. Peter T. Hardy says:
"I don't think this book can convert an atheist to theism"
I converted after reading it : D
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2012 16:50:43 BDT
Kriss Mascard says:
Oh Mr. Hardy - you contrarian, you!
Seriously, though, whilst I appreciate your viewpoint, Sergio, I can only support it on this basis: No one is converted over anything UNTIL THEY ARE READY.
In Christianity it is said that whilst the message is broadcast by people, conversion is carried out by the Holy Spirit - NOT by people. And since God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) have created human beings with free will, He obviously doesn't then convert people without their free participation.
If this book didn't do anything for you, that may simply mean that - at this time - you aren't willing to move any closer to being the person God would like you to be. Peter Hardy had clearly reached a different point in his life than you were when you wrote your message.
That's your choice - as it is for every believer and non-believer - and I don't think this in any way devalues Craig's book.
Remember the story of the star fish:
Professor Loren Eiseley was once walking on a sandy beach when he noticed that hundreds of starfish had been washed up by a recent storm. Although they couldn't get back to the sea by themselves, a young boy was going round picking them up and throwing them back into the water.
Whilst appreciating the boy's efforts Eiseley felt bound to point out that there were so many starfish on the beach the boy couldn't really hope to throw them all back before they died.
"You can't really make much difference," Eiseley told the boy.
"I can to the ones I throw back," the boy responded.
Know what I mean?
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