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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (February 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935071068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935071068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find it so encouraging that in these challenging times of 'culture wars,' Christian leaders like my friend Ray Comfort are passionately defending the authority of the Bible from its very first verse. --Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis

Ray Comfort has once again laid hold of the greatest power on earth, the power of the Gospel. Here he brings that power to bear, makes that light to shine in the darkest corners of our times, among fools. He proclaims with fidelity and winsomeness, remembering that such were once we, walking in the paths of darkness. --Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.

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"I find it so encouraging that in these challenging times of 'culture wars,' Christian leaders like my friend Ray Comfort are passionately defending the authority of the Bible from its very first verse."



"I find it so encouraging that in these challenging times of 'culture wars,' Christian leaders like my friend Ray Comfort are passionately defending the authority of the Bible from its very first verse."

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Ray Comfort is the best-selling author of more than 70 books, including, "Hitler, God and the Bible" (the book that sparked the award-winning movie "180"), "You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can't Make Him Think", "Nothing Created Everything" and, "The Evidence Bible." He also co-hosts a TV program with actor Kirk Cameron, which airs in 123 countries.

Customer Reviews

I gave him 2 stars because this book was sometimes amusing.
Pablo Bridges
The arguments he makes in this book are based on Scripture... that is circular reasoning and it is not based on fact.
jezebel
Ray Comfort has no idea how evolution works, or what Atheists actually think or believe.
N. Ferriola

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1,296 of 1,628 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephens on February 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, Ray Comfort has a large following of fans, and most who are critical of his work decide that the best course of action is to be dismissive. His style of writing can barely be called argumentative. He posits no compelling evidence for his beliefs, makes blind assertions, and clearly does not understand natural forces such as evolution by natural selection and by writing a book which mischaracterizes science, is undermining observation, experimentation, rational thought and critical thinking.

Comfort consistently confuses biology with other scientific disciplines such as cosmology and astronomy, and generally builds up a strawman science, only to knock it down by simply asserting, literally, that his god is real and that atheists are stupid and immoral.

Comfort has a former blog from which he drew the questions for his book, and though the commenters on his blog (including myself) explained repeatedly and thoroughly that evolution does not operate in the fairy-tale evolution he has constructed, that atheists do not believe that "nothing created everything", he continues to write as if he has not read their explanation or is intentionally ignoring them. He writes, for example, about what an amazing coincidence that when "the first man evolved", a woman just happened to amazingly evolve right beside him. This characterization of evolution betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of it. He creates a "fairytale" version of evolution and then goes on to explain what a silly fairytale it is.

Ray actually states in his book that Christians do not need to prove god exists to atheists, because atheists obviously know already that god exists, and are merely denying god so that they can be moral free agents.
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905 of 1,271 people found the following review helpful By Gen. JC Christian, patriot on February 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Comfort's book is amazing. It may be the best primer for defeating an atheist I've ever read. I'm particularly fond of how he proves the existence of God by pointing out the perfection of the banana and the fact that the atmosphere is 78.09% nitrogen and 20.95% oxygen--"the exact mixture that his [Adam's] lungs and blood needed to survive."

Take that atheists!

My only disappointment with the proofs provided in this book is that my favorite, Eve, isn't listed among them. Evolution could have made her look like anything at all--like Rush Limbaugh, a big hairy wookie, or a naked mole rat for example. There's no way Adam would have tapped that. Instead, God chose to fashion one of Adam's ribs into something soft, curvy, beautiful, and desirable (Yes, he did make that little sailor in the boat impossible to find, but that's only because you're not supposed to touch it).

God did that. He made women attractive to men, so we'd want to procreate with them rather than watermelons or sheep or something else. And even more importantly, he knew when to stop. No barbeque on these ribs, because God doesn't want us to be always tasting them.
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181 of 261 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephens on March 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Somehow all of the 70+ reviews of this book got deleted, including mine. Comfort said this on his site: "Amazon, which had featured dozens of single-star ratings and comments before this article was published, later apparently edited its content to provide only two reviews, one positive and one negative." How dishonest can you be? I wrote this honest review in good faith after reading his book, and it should not be deleted simply because it is negative. Here it is again:

Unfortunately, Ray Comfort has a large following of fans, and most who are critical of his work decide that the best course of action is to be dismissive. His style of writing can barely be called argumentative. He posits no compelling evidence for his beliefs, makes blind assertions, and clearly does not understand natural forces such as evolution by natural selection and by writing a book which mischaracterizes science, is undermining observation, experimentation, rational thought and critical thinking.

Comfort consistently confuses biology with other scientific disciplines such as cosmology and astronomy, and generally builds up a strawman science, only to knock it down by simply asserting, literally, that his god is real and that atheists are stupid and immoral.

Comfort has a former blog from which he drew the questions for his book, and though the commenters on his blog (including myself) explained repeatedly and thoroughly that evolution does not operate in the fairy-tale evolution he has constructed, that atheists do not believe that "nothing created everything", he continues to write as if he has not read their explanation or is intentionally ignoring them.
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397 of 574 people found the following review helpful By Rodibidably on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While I am sure that many of Comfort's fans will enjoy this book, I would not recommend that anybody with any critical thinking skills waste their time with such utter rubbish. Every "point" he tries to make has been previously refuted countless times, and frankly it's a bore to see them rehashed once again with nothing new except the cover.
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313 of 453 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Gene A. Conroy-jones on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you replace the word Atheist with Christian or Theist, then you may have an interesting book on your hands. Otherwise steer clear.

Ray's best argument involves comparing the shape of a banana to the way human's hold it and claiming that such amazing design is evidence of a God. Beyond the poverty of his imagination and his ignorance of evidence and science; it's an interesting claim given that most bananas grown for the western market are cultivated to be that way. They don't grow that way naturally.

If you are religious you will like this book as it allows you to continue bathing in a sea of ignorance.
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