Thursday, January 29, 2009

Confronting Criticisms of Christianity

What's So Great about Christianity
by Dinesh D'Souza (Tyndale)

Is Christianity a good thing? Dinesh D'Souza says it is. His book is a case for Christianity that directly confronts both historic and contemporary criticisms. I think he does a good job making good arguments. I enjoyed his direct approach and clearly defined objectives.

Taking as my foil the anti-religious arguments of prominent atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and the others, in this book I will demonstrate the following: 1. Christianity is the main foundation of Western civilization, the root of our most cherished values. 2. The latest discoveries of modern science support the Christian claim that there is a divine being who created the universe. 3. Darwin's theory of evolution, far from undermining the evidence fo supernatural design, actually strengthens it. 4. There is nothing in science that makes miracles impossible. 5. It is reasonable to have faith. 6. Atheism, not religion, is responsible for the mass murders of history. 7. Atheism is motivated not by reason but by a kind of cowardly moral escapism. (From the Preface, p. xvi)

Just after I finished reading the book, I was able to see him in a debate at the University of Minnesota, and then again the next day at a lecture in Golden Valley, MN. He seemed like a genuinely nice fellow. He signed my book with the words, "In Christ."

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