Monday, April 9, 2012

Bookreview: A shot of faith (to the head) by Mitch Stokes, Ph.D.

I enjoyed this book more than I had anticipated. Because the book description listed it as an overtly christian, spiritual book I was worried it may be filled with stories about how much better Christianity is than Atheism, but the fear was unfounded. The book is a highly intellectual, thought-provoking discourse about what sets Christianity apart from Atheism and explains in clear and concise terms how to counter the critique by Atheists.
The book is divided into 20 Chapters and a conclusion. Each chapter ends with a small table entitled "Your Arsenal" that not only summarizes the chapter's discussion, but also lists the relevant arguments for Christians to defend their belief against Atheist critique. While this book is clearly embracing Christianity, it will be an interesting read even for someone who does not believe in Christianity because the book lists the most important and strongest arguments against Atheism that the author can think of. Especially for scientists, but also for philosophers, this book will be an interesting read since it is written like a sparring match, but a friendly one, between the believers that science excludes Christianity and the author, who feels that science and Christianity can co-exist without an issue. Philosophers will find the book interesting and a worthy read because the author touches on the most common Western philosophers, spending quite a bit of time on the philosophers of the Enlightenment, to provide the relevant arguments, with which Christians can defend their religion. In the process, the author adeptly summarizes a larger body of Western philosophy. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by either booksneeze or the author.

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