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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594033803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594033803
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Remarkable in more than one way, David Brog’s volume on Judeo-Christian history, its ideas and ideals as well as its conflicts, is an important contribution to the understanding of events that transcend contemporary issues and sensitivities.”

Elie Wiesel

“David Brog insightfully explores the rich foundations of many of our nation’s most important values and makes a compelling case for why they are worth defending.”

Senator Joseph Lieberman

In Defense of Faith is an extremely important book. David Brog connects the historical dots in a way that makes the Judeo-Christian contribution to our civilization stand our in clear relief. Rarely have critics of our religious heritage been taken on so effectively.

Pastor John Hagee, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church; Founder and Chairman, Christians United for Israel


"Judaism and Christianity have different theologies. But the Judeo-Christian value system is the greatest value system ever devised. As one who has argued this for decades, I can say with some certainty that David Brog has accomplished something truly major with his book. He has made the case—irrefutably, I believe—that the rejection of the Judeo-Christian idea has led and will again lead to vast human evil and suffering. This is more than an important book. This is an indispensible guide to a better world."

Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and columnist, author, and founder of the Internet based Prager University

"Christians have something to cheer about in David Brog's courageous new book. Wide-ranging and erudite, he offers a much needed corrective to the conventional wisdom on Christianity's historic role in combating evil. This is an informative and inspiring volume that people of faith can profit from for many years to come."

Bill Donohue, President Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

"David Brog frames a passionate and persuasive defense of our Judeo-Christian tradition in a manner that transcends culture, creed and ideology. In his first book, David encouraged us to Stand with Israel. Now, he's motivating us to run to apply our evangelical ethos for the sake of humanity at large. This is a timely message that I hope will help rally America's Hispanic faith community to step forward and lead the effort to act on our faith in the service of our fellow men."

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Rodriguez

About the Author

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Before joining CUFI, Brog worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has also served as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel and Philadelphia. Brog lives in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, Texas.

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Brog's book is accessible and his writing is sharp and moving.
Yoram Hazony
"In Defense of Faith" is well written, meticulously researched, and filled with very interesting historical anecdotes which propel Mr. Brog's argument forward.
Mark C.
Brog shows clearly in his book how this failed past societies and shows the role that our Judeo-Christian faith has played in shaping Western Civilization.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Herman D'Algatore on July 11, 2010
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It was with some skeptical trepidation that I bought David Brog's new book "In Defense of Faith." I was a fan of his previous volume, "Standing With Israel," but have also been a fan of Christopher Hitchens' provocative "God is Not Great," a tome to which Brog's new book may be considered to be a rebuttal. As an avowed atheist myself, I did not expect Brog's book to score too many points with me. I was wrong.

It is important to clarify the premise of this book. Nowhere in this volume did I find my atheist beliefs challenged. "In Defense of Faith" makes no attempt to convert its reader to religion. However, if you happen to hold dismissive attitudes towards the indispensable role Judeo-Christian faith has played (and continues to play) in the moral evolution of Western culture, (as promulgated by the likes of Hitchens and Bill Mahar), then my friends, prepare to have your views on this important matter be shaken to the core. I found that Brog not only has the intellectual chops to go toe-to-toe with religion bashers like Hitchens, but in the battle of ideas, succeeds in landing the KO in the very first round

To be sure, Brog's ambitions here go well beyond the mere rebutting of any particular author. Brog is not only a top drawer writer, but is first and foremost a student of history. His enlightening historical analysis, and his adroit employment of simple logic makes a most compelling, (and for me surprising) case for the indispensable role religious faith has played in the development of modern moral ideals that we now take so for granted and I hungrily devoured the rich historical perspective Brog provides on this topic. (I had no idea, for example, that it is deep religious faith which under girds the humanitarian efforts of Bono in Africa! Who knew?) I found Brog's narrative fascinating, engrossing and enlightening. I highly recommend it.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Victor Styrsky on July 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I don't write book reviews. It is not just a matter of finding the time -I really haven't read many books that I've wanted to write about. All of that changed while half way through Brog's first book, "Standing With Israel." l found myself a weeping mess in an east coast airport, trying to assimilate the information presented within it and was compelled to write my first amazon.com book review which stated, " ...simply the most important book I have read since discovering the Bible." David's second work now takes slot #3 in books that have changed my life. "In Defense of Faith" the reader is taken back to the heart of "perfect faith" preached and lived by the founder of my Christian faith and His early followers. Thank you David Brog for connecting the dots and bringing to life the memory of more recent historic times when the "followers of the Way" were known by the exquisite, sacrificial quality of the lives they lived. This book beams a bright light of hope within the dank times we live, and having read it I am greatly encouraged to try harder and live better.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Melody N. on July 5, 2010
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"...the danger [lies] not only in the ideas people embrace, but also in those they reject. When our civilization abandons the Judeo-Christian idea, we open the door to the return of slavery and genocide."

If you have ever asked yourself, "What went wrong in Germany, a so-called `Christian' country? What went wrong in America, where all men are created equal? Why do people suffer and die at the hands of their fellow man?" The answers are in David Brog's latest book.

Time and time again history has proven that the greatest crimes against humanity (such as those committed against the American-Indians, Jews, Blacks, infants, social classes etc...) have occurred when people have rejected or abandoned the Judeo-Christian values, namely, the sanctity of life.

In Defense of Faith delves into several historical scenarios and traces the breakdown of Christian values that eventually led to these horrific crimes. The results are unnerving - everything from creating alternative moralities (such as Hitler did), to replacing God with gold (as in the case of the Catholic, Spanish Conquistadors). Still others held to the worldview that humans are of no more worth than any other species in the animal kingdom.

Conversely, there have been those throughout history who have held strongly to their biblical values, overcoming their own selfish genes, and looking upon their fellow man as made in the image of God. They loved their neighbors as themselves, and as a result, these men and women won many battles against segregation and injustice, and against brutality and genocide.

As Brog makes his case, the voices of history call for us to embrace our Judeo-Christian faith - the faith that William Wilberforce had when he purposed to free an oppressed people - the faith Martin Luther King stood on when he fought hate and discrimination - a faith that brings light and hope to a sin-sick world.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Neal on June 30, 2010
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In an age where it is not only politically correct to mock faith, but down right fashionable, David Brog has set the record straight on the incredible and invaluable contributions that Judeo-Christian principles have poured into western civilization as we know it. With the same story-behind-the-story page turning style he brought us in "Standing With Israel", Brog draws from his experience as an attorney to build an iron clad case "In Defense of Faith". Exhaustively researched, "In Defense of Faith" puts history in the witness stand to recall what happens when society chooses science over faith as it's moral grounding wire. Though sometimes chilling, this book, authored by a conservative Jew, will leave the Christian reader inspired by their faith's legacy and encouraged to effectively be the salt and light they are called to be.
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