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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: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,758 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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1,289 of 1,603 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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895 of 1,257 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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96 of 136 people found the following review helpful By James F. McGrath on March 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ray Comfort has in the past shown his willingness to speak as an expert about bananas and about evolution, while clearly being poorly informed about both. In this volume, he offers more of the same - as is readily seen for instance when he says he will critique evolution and then starts talking about the Big Bang.

I can only hope that few atheists will actually read this book, since Comfort seems to be trying to promote and encourage atheism by making Christians look like a bunch of arrogant imbeciles. I sometimes wonder whether Comfort is not in fact an atheist doing this intentionally to make Christianity look bad...

I hope that Christians looking to understand evolution or atheism will read a serious book by someone who has relevant expertise or has at least taken the time to inform himself or herself about the subject. And I hope that atheists will not generalize about Christians on the basis of one individual whose arrogant confidence in his own rightness is altogether lacking in Christian humility, and whose "understanding" of the Bible and of the relationship between science and the Christian faith are not typical of thinking Christians, whether historically or today.
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319 of 458 people found the following review helpful By Roger A. Sneed on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If his claim is that the banana is proof of "God's" existence, then that should tell you everything you need to know about how idiotic this man's claims are.
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172 of 247 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferriola on March 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ray Comfort has no idea how evolution works, or what Atheists actually think or believe. His premise that Atheists "Pretend" there is no God is no less offensive than if an Atheist were to write a book with the premise that Christians "pretend" there is a God.

His arguments are shallow, and his lack of understanding of his subject matter is telling. He is simply an apologist without a real argument, and a lot of questions he doesn't really answer in his book. Readers: research his answers, and you will find he is very wrong pretty much on every point.

Presuppositionalist arguments really aren't effective at convincing skeptics, so I have to assume he's just preaching to the evangelicals who already believe.
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287 of 413 people found the following review helpful By B. Adams on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ray Comfort is a deluded child with absolutely zero understanding of evolution. Or theology for that matter. His writing is abysmal, it seems aimed at mentally handicapped children instead of well-thinking adults. His 'logic' is horrendously flawed and he makes assumptions without any basis whatsoever. Dreadful piece of drivel that does the creationist-lobby more harm than good.
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