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Clear and easy to understand, although sometimes not detailed enough,
This review is from: Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith (Paperback)
I was reading this book from an atheist perspective, trying to understand how people have faith. The questions covered in this book are exactly the ones that would make me question my faith if I were a Christian. They are sensibly organised in this book, and the answers are very accessible.
In most cases, the answer starts by clarifying the question, which helps to make it clear exactly what question is being answered. The answer/explanation is then covered in some detail, but all the while remaining easy to understand, even for someone with little knowledge of theology. There will be some Christians for whom their own beliefs don't match the answers in this book - for example that evidence for the Big Bang supports the existence of a Creator God.
What I found was that often the book didn't quite go far enough - questions raised by the answers themselves often go unanswered. On the whole, the worldview presented by this book is internally consistent (which is a start) and easy to understand, but when I started looking more closely, I could still see cracks. However, the book served the purpose I had bought it for - to understand why others believe.
This book is aimed at Christians who want to be able to answer questions asked by non-believers. For that use, I do recommend it - but with a few notes of caution:
- Firstly, be wary of some of the scientific details covered in the "Science" chapter. If you engage an informed non-believer in debate without further reading on these topics you will come unstuck pretty quickly.
- If you use only the answers in this book, most intelligent people will come to understand your point of view but are unlikely to be converted to it. If this is all you are trying to do then this book is perfect for you. If ultimately you want to be making some more convincing arguments I believe you will need further study - but this book is a good place to start, not least because it gives you a good overview of what topics are likely to be covered in such debates.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2011 10:40:31 BDT
Sean Mcintyre says:
Nice to see a balanced review from someone of a contrary opinion.
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