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Do more than simply understand the arguments against atheism. Meet the atheists' arguments on their own terms. In his New York Timesbest seller What's So Great about Christianity, author Dinesh D'Souza takes an in-depth look at the arguments and rhetoric in the current atheist-led debate about God and Christianity. This companion study guide, which is perfect for individual or group study, will help you to articulate the intellectual validity of Christianity; how religious belief can be reconciled with science; and the flaws in atheistic arguments.

About the Author

Dinesh D Souza has had a twenty-five-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has been named one of America s most influential conservative thinkers by the "New York Times Magazine", and "Newsweek" cited him as one of the country s most prominent Asian-Americans.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Stg edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414332106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414332109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 2, 2008
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I found this book to be wonderfully refreshing. We live in a time when books promoting atheism and attacking religion (especially Christianity) are best sellers and promoted nearly everywhere. This book stands up for Christianity, but in an intellectual and systematic way. D'Souza has not provided a book of testimony or a scriptural defense of faith. He spends twenty-four chapters examining the arguments made against religion and answers them using history, philosophy, and careful reasoning. Chapters 25 & 26 are the closest the author comes to promoting Christianity and inviting you to examine its benefits. However, it is hardly an aggressive missionary approach.

D'Souza presents the basic material examining Christianity in seven parts (the eight being the last two chapters). The first is "The Future of Christianity". The author lays out the current bump in popularity in militant atheism, but why it is really a long term loser. Despite atheism's best efforts, outside narrow intellectual circles religion is growing in most places in the world. In particular, Christianity is growing the fastest of all and in its future is bright. The second part looks at the historical rise and contributions of Christianity to Western Civilization and again demonstrates that many popular notions are simply wrong or fabrications.

The third part looks at science as a wonderful tool and a very poor faith. I particularly loved the chapter correcting the popular notion that Galileo was imprisoned by the Church because the Church was trying to suppress scientific truth. In fact, he was put under house arrest because he published a book he had promised not to publish and insulted the pope in a very egregious way.
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I had the opportunity to meet D'nesh D'Souza and hear him speak, before I was able to read the book. In my opinion, D'Souza is one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time. In "What's so Great About Christianity", D'Souza evaluates the unique claims of Christianity relative to other religions, the absense of religion (atheism), and Darwinism. Furthermore, he evaluates the impact that Christianity has had on the world through the ages. Finally, he evaluates the thinking of some of the most famous philosophers throughout history in a rational and compelling manner. I found his arguments powerful and compelling. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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I bought the book on CD and when I wake up and can't go to sleep I play it. Sometimes I listen to the same parts again. The book is chocked full of information and how to strengthen my faith in God, remove any doubt Jesus really lived and he goes through all the arguments that people use to attack me being a Christian and one by one he tears them down.

For example this morning I woke up at 5:00am so I had an hour before I had to get out of bed, I listened to how Christians were responsible for all the wars and killing from the Crusades, to witch hunts to Palestine, to "Hitler was Catholic and had deep seated hatred for Jews etc etc." Dinesh takes that one on and now I can throw off the yoke put on by my College Classes that made me feel guilty for what I believed.

Anyway, it is the best $17.00 I've ever spent, it's the modern version of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.
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I have found this book to be a great reference tool that I can add to my shelf. The author does an excellent job in reviewing various thoughts and theories by established "experts" and sets compelling arguments why Christianity stands on its own merit. After reviewing, I bought additional copies and study guides to give to family and friends. I highly recommend every person of faith or atheist a like, review this material to draw your own common sense conclusions.
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Dinesh's writing are clear and insightful. He meets the critics and issues head on. This book is beneficial for believers, nonbelievers andd those not sure. My mind is always "stretched" whenever I read his writings. I have read and reread this book. I even bought the audio CDs. There is so much to think about and digest.
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Delves into history, science, and philosophy. It will broaden your horizons, unless you're already a professional in one of those fields. If you are, it might familiarize you with material with which you weren't aware and help you take a different look at faith in general and Christianity in particular.
Makes excellent philosophical argument for faith and religion in general, so it would be a good read for people of any faith.
For those who think religion is outdated or obsolete or worse, it will challenge them to re-examine their premises.
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I've read most of the book. So far, it's been quite interesting, as far as apologetics goes. There's only one problem with it - he isn't a Creationist. He's a long-ages believer/gap theorist. I have a lot of problems with that. Ken Hamm and others put the gap theory in serious question, though true atheistic evolutionists will dismiss it out of hand.

There are some solid remarks in his dissertation, and while much of it holds water, there are some minor issues off and on that I have problems with. Overall, this is a good book, and a good start in apologetics, if you're not already familiar with it.

I'm looking forward to seeing "2016: Obama's America". This guy will probably only get better with age.
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