Thursday, July 9, 2009

What's So Great About Christianity

I highly recommend “What’s So Great About Christianity” by Dinesh D’Souza. Writing a book concerning the defense of Christianity is not something necessarily easy to do, unless you ignore all of the serious objections to Christianity. D’Souza manages, though, to address these objections and give reasonable, well thought out answers. I’m sure this won’t satisfy those who refuse to open their eyes to the possibility of truth within Christianity. But to any who are seriously searching, this book provides an excellent tool. It will also help Christians who are struggling with either answering these questions for themselves, or have a hard time formulating the answers to others who are questioning, and need some help. He doesn’t just seek to answer questions, but to lead readers who aren’t Christians to a walk with Christ. It is, as he says, “an invitation to convert.”

The book opens with some extraordinary chapters concerning the rise and spread of religion in general and Christianity in particular. Instead of taking the rather pessimistic view of many Christians in America, he sees Christianity in a global light. Chapter one begins with this; “God has come back to life. The world is witnessing a huge explosion of religious conversion and growth, and Christianity is growing faster than any other religion. Nietzsche’s proclamation “God is dead” is now proven false. Nietzsche is dead. The ranks of the unbelievers are shrinking as a proportion of the world’s population. Secularism has lost its identification with progress and modernity, and consequently it has lost the main source of its appeal. God is very much alive, and His future prospects look to be excellent. This is the biggest comeback story of the twenty-first century.”

He then goes on to show how and why this is happening. A very encouraging start to this book. He goes on to show how the atheist is trying to defeat this rise in Christianity through different avenues, particularly in the area of education. So this is where a lot of the book is heading.

D’Souza defends creation a lot in this book, though the one thing I really didn’t care for in found in this area. While he is defending creation, it is in the realm of theistic evolution. While I agree with what he is trying to do, defend Christianity, and show that it doesn’t contradict science, I have a hard time with how he does it. There was a growing frustration in me as he continued down this line for quite some time, arguing rather vehemently about his ideas of God “creating” the process of evolution, in contradiction to the Biblical story of creation.

However, the book once again turned to areas that I appreciated the authors’ views, as he turned to the philosophical arguments against God, and once again showed them to be erroneous. Again and again through this book he takes what he views as the strongest arguments against God, and demonstrates why they are false, and once again God is shown to be truth. Because I am certainly less knowledgeable in the realm of philosophy, it did me well to read these chapters.

The last few chapters deal with the questions of suffering and the nature of man, which are dealt with well, though he leaves some questions unanswered that I felt could have been answered. He ends with a call to Christ, defending briefly His life, death and resurrection. He shows why one would desire Christianity at all.

All in all, a good book, and again, one I would recommend, with just a couple of reservations, already mentioned. I recommend it to Christians and non-Christians alike; any who are seeking truth. And since I’m recommending this book alongside Ravi Zacharias, I feel like I’m in good company!

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