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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What’s So Great About Christianity?

What’s So Great About Christianity?

If you haven’t read Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, What’s So Great About Christianity? (Regnery) yet, I urge you to do so. This is the first book on religion by D’Souza and it is certainly up to his past New York Times best selling standards. D’Souza has done much more than just write another book, he has taken on the atheists who are now openly attacking Christianity with books titled The God Delusion, The End of Faith, and God is Not Great, among others. In fact, after releasing this book, Dinesh has taken to the road debating the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.

This book could be called an apologetic in the historic sense of the word, i.e. apologetic meaning a defense of Christianity through reason and logic. Some theologians look down on apologetics as misguided because they argue that you can’t become a Christian through reason. They are right, of course. It is the Holy Spirit that creates faith in someone’s heart. Nevertheless, God has created a very orderly world and therefore challenges to his creation stand up to close scrutiny by both reason and logic. He is a God of order, not a God of disorder.

I won’t tell you that this new book by D’Souza is a quick read. It is not. Any book that contains an entire chapter on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant is not a quick read, but it certainly is a good and thoughtful read.

Moreover, D’Souza does an excellent job of debunking commonly held "facts" such as Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. It’s not, as it turns out. The ranks of unbelievers are growing is another canard pointed out by D’Souza. In fact, he points out that the ranks of unbelievers are shrinking. There’s more, much more in this challenging and enlightening book. You may not agree with all of it. I didn’t. But even if you don’t, you’ll find this book to be encouraging and illuminating. I commend it to you.

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