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The Trustworthiness of Religious Experience (Swarthmore Lecture) Paperback – June 1, 1988


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  • Series: Swarthmore lecture
  • Paperback: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Friends United Pr; 2 edition (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944350003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944350003
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lucas M. Engelhardt on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is simply a fantastic book, chock full of great arguments supporting those who believe that the best evidence for God is the experience of Him.

D. Elton Trueblood is a somewhat-well-known author in Quaker circles. He has written poetry (I actually saw one of his poems put to music in a Catholic hymnal that I bought) and Quaker thought, and this is a great selection in Quaker thought.

In this lecture-now-book, Trueblood sought to provide evidence for the existence of God to the empirical scientific age. While Barclay's Apology was written primarily to defend the Quaker viewpoint against Calvinistic theological onslaught, Trueblood's book is far more significant. It seeks to defend Faith against the atheistic empiricism of his (and our!) age. And I think he succeeds.

While many Quaker books fall into the "Quaker interest" category, this book has a reach far beyond the very narrow sect of Quakerism. I believe that all Christians of all varieties should read this book, as I have been unable to find any book that matches this one in its ability to argue coherently for the existence of God without relying on airy concepts that are hard for the modern man to understand. Though this book is old (originally a lecture in 1938), it's principles are as persuasive today as they were when Trueblood wrote it. Trueblood makes his argument and defends it against the common objections that would be made to it.

This book won't help you combat the postmodernism that is common in our age, but it will help you combat arguments of the "scientifically minded" atheist in a way that he or she can at least understand.
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