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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602660840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602660847
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John W. Loftus VINE VOICE on September 22, 2007
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Anyone who reads much of what Holding says on the web knows that he majors in ad hominems against those who disagree, and it should be well known that I do not like him. He's a non-credentialed arrogant hack who has gained a following mostly from the uninformed. No wonder he had to self-publish this book. He claims that one of the reasons Christian publishers won't publish it (which leads me to think he tried to get it published) is because, in his own words, "I won't write Left Behind style crap, and the market for Christian lit is glutted, unlike the atheist market." I think there is another reason.

The book reminds me of one of the good college term papers I've read, which I'd give him a "A" on if I were grading it, but that's it. "Good," in so far as he read a few books and strung together some decent information from which I learned a little. "College term paper," in so far as he lacks a breadth of knowledge on the issues he writes about beyond that level. Among Christian publishers who are looking to publish in the area of apologetics, they are looking for something better.

On the back cover Holding claims to have 17 years in apologetics ministry. If he's 38 years old now (a guess), then that means he started his ministry when he was 21 years old. What can that mean? That a 21 year old on the web arguing for Christianity has an apologetics ministry? Hardly. He also claims "It is impossible to estimate the evangelical impact that is possible because of The Impossible Faith." Since he capitalizes and italicizes the words, "The Impossible Faith" here, it's hard not to escape the conclusion he's referring to his own book.
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This is a fresh and unique argument for Christianity that has been invaluable in my evangelism. The fact that there are NO movements that had the conditions Christianity did at the beginning and managed to do what it did is a powerful argument for Christianity's uniqueness, and the fact that it must have had some major evidential firepower to do what it did.

This book's thesis is like steroids for all the other arguments based on early Christianity - whether they're things such as arguments for Jesus' resurrection, the Apostles' miracles, the risen saints, etc., having proof that Christianity had to have some unique reasons for people to believe it out of all the other movements in history makes every other such argument much stronger.

Absolute 5/5!
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Christianity is often wrongly labeled a baseless faith, believed in the absence of evidence. Richard Dawkins and other peddlers of tomfoolery have made that claim for years, so it's excellent to see books available like The Impossible Faith (TIF), which convincingly argues that Christianity succeeded primarily because of the overwhelming evidence - mainly the resurrection - that backed up the teachings of Jesus and his disciples.

The book serves essentially as a primer on the social world of the Bible and it's aimed at an audience badly in need of understanding - average American Christians. After finishing TIF readers will have an easier time contextualizing difficult passages, for example, Jesus' teaching in Matthew 12:49-50 to forsake family if necessary. To the modern mindset such a command doesn't make much sense, but in light of the fact that identity in the ancient world was determined by which social groups individuals belonged to, the significance isn't as difficult to see.

My favorite chapter, however, consists of a discussion about Christianity's uniqueness. Skeptics have an irritating habit of treating all religions as if they are equal and easily dismissed. "What makes Christianity so special?" is the typical cry, and in my teenage years I couldn't give a good answer, which is probably the case for many new Christians. Holding answers by succinctly comparing Christianity with three of it's major competitors, Mithraism, Mormonism and Islam, illustrating just what makes the faith so special. Parenthetically, Holding's comparison does much to debunk the idea that Jesus was somehow copied from another ancient deity.

The online version of the book contains an argument that I find particularly interesting.
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I give this book 4 stars. Really easy and quick read, I would have improved the last chapter where he pleads with the reader to consider the resurrection for what it was. I feel that he should have a little more of a Gospel message at the end and explain a bit about the need not only to believe the resurrection but to repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation and eternal life. Other than that, it was good quick read. I don't think this is meant to be exhaustive but it covers a few basic points.

All of these atheists saying that it's a horrible book riddled with logical fallacies are way over the top. If you're a Christian or a non Christian who isn't antagonistic towards the Gospel and aren't already all filled with hate for God, then you should enjoy this book.

Forget what the atheists have to say about it...they are impossible to please.
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