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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole truth, 25 Feb 2013
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I am disappointed by this book.

It purports to be a reasoned assessment, via a fictional trial, of the arguments for and against the existence of God.

What only becomes gradually clear is that we're talking about a Christian God here. The old testament obviously gets a mention or two with Genesis and the birth of the universe but the religion of the Jews is never really explored.

One scientific witness becomes enlightened as to the truth of the bible through the accuracy of Genesis in describing the development of the cosmos but then makes the illogical leap of becoming a Christian rather than a Jew.

Islam does have a cardboard character presence but there is no serious investigation of its beliefs and two stories within the story use "Islamic" villains thereby confusing cultural leanings with actual religiosity (which was clearly lacking in these people).

Nowhere does it state that Muslims regard their religion as the last step of the abrahamic journey or even suggest that they are in any real way connected to the same God as the Jews and Christians.

As to the non-abrahamic versions of God, forget it. A token native american provides a thin wash of a pre-christian belief system but again, nothing serious.

The fiction of the plot becomes thinner as we progress and where the book sadly falls apart is in the conclusions which its POV character reaches with the end of the trial. The plot then strays into blatant illogicality as what happens seems to preclude the possibility of authorship of the very thing we have just read.

Unfortunately the Christian emphasis put me on guard when reading the arguments put forward. Are the pros overstated? Are the antis well reported? What's missing?

This is a shame because I suspect the author is trying to give equal time to both sides of the argument. It's also a shame because he writes well and can tell a good and engaging story.

I just think it would have been more reassuring to have had a joint authorship from both sides of the argument. Allegedly this is the role of the defence and prosecuting lawyers in the trial but I still kept looking for who was pulling the strings.

So I reached the end feeling that justice had not been done, either to the plot or to myself as a reader who has invested time in this fiction.

As a novel and as a whole I found it unsatisfying and as a review of the arguments for and against God, there are better ways of improving your knowledge.

However, this being a Kindle review, don't merely take my word for it. Download a free sample and judge for yourself. Just be prepared to be disappointed by the ending should you choose to buy.
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