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What's So Great About Christianity [Kindle Edition]

Dinesh D'Souza
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In a world of facts and figures, can an intellectual have faith? Is it possible to believe anything the Bible says? Yes, and one man will show you how.

Amidst scientists’ attempts to debunk Christianity’s truths and atheists’ assuming the Bible is a how-to-be-virtuous self-help book, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza resolves to both answer the tough questions and challenge believers as well as doubters to search for the ultimate truths about theories of origin. D’Souza tackles subjects and events such as the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, the Big Bang theory and Darwinism—everything you always pondered but never scrutinized, now placed under the proverbial microscope and studied thoroughly.


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Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? Has Christianity been disproven by science, debunked as a force for good, and discredited as a guide to morality?

Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great About America) looks at Christianity with a questioning eye, but treats atheists with equal skepticism. The result is a book that will challenge the assumptions of both believers and doubters and affirm that there really is, indeed, something great about Christianity. D'Souza reveals:

*Why Christianity explains what modern science tells us about the universe and our origins--that matter was created out of nothing, that light preceded the sun--better than atheism does
*How Christianity created the framework for modern science, so that Christianity and science are not irreconcilable, but science and atheism might be
*Why the alleged sins of Christianity--the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Galileo affair ("an atheist's fable")--are vastly overblown
*Why atheist regimes are responsible for the greatest mass murders of history
*Why evolution does not threaten Christian belief, but actually supports the "argument from design"
*Why atheists fear the Big Bang theory and the "anthropic principle" of the universe, which are keystones of modern astronomy and physics
*How Christianity explains consciousness and free will, which atheists have to deny
*Why ultimately you can't have Western civilization--and all we value from it--without the Christianity that gave it birth.

Provocative, enlightening, a twenty-first-century successor to C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity is the perfect book for the seeker, the skeptic, and the believer who wants to defend his faith.


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  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (November 4, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WW0LDW
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248 of 288 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 3 books I've ever read! November 22, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allowed me to be a more informed Christian January 12, 2010
Format:Paperback
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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understandable and penetrating December 5, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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245 of 335 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the right book at the right time October 1, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I had the chance to read a review copy of this book, and it is excellent. D'Souza engages the arguments of Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and other atheists with arguments for the existence of God in general, and the Christian God in particular by arguing on their turf--through an examination of scientific evidence. It is fascinating, detailed, and convincing. It is an important book written at a critical time.
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book November 29, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I recently finished Dinesh D'Souza's book. The book is a very easy and fun read.

I would call it a good modern summary on Christian apologetics. He does not attempt to defend the verbal inspiration of scripture, it is not an apologetics book in that sense. His approach is an attempt to use the scientific method to argue for faith, especially the Christian faith.

Some might call the arguments for in the book lightweight; they are not. Being an easy read does not make the arguments in the book lightweight. Mr. D'Souza is a good writer, that is what makes it an easy read.

If you are a Christian (especially conservative and fundamentalist) you will enjoy this book.
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331 of 459 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
There are 26 chapters. I'll summarize (and then critique) each:
Ch 1: TWILIGHT OF ATHEISM: GLOBAL TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY. An excellent international overview of Christian growth ("the only religion with a global reach') and relative atheistic paucity. CRITIQUE: This is mainly quantitative rather than qualitative; doesn't consider education; Christianity grows mainly among relatively less educated; scientific/philosophical atheistic arguments are clearly understood by relatively few.
Ch 2: WHY RELIGION IS WINNING: Argues rightly that religion creates "an animating sense of purpose" and "is thriving because it helps people adapt and survive in the world," while atheism does not (for most people). CRITIQUE: Again, the winning is numerical. This is a (generally valid) "masses" argument.
Ch 3. ATHEIST ASSAULT ON RELIGION. A clear, generally fair, even-handed, organized presentation, from psychology, biology, etc., listing atheists' "anti" arguments.
Ch. 4: MISEDUCATING THE YOUNG. Argues that non-religious education leaves children with little structure of values, purpose and direction. CRITIQUE: I think that, in the main, he's quite correct about this.
Ch. 5: SPIRITUAL BASIS OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT. Makes the point, among others, that the US Constitution and democratic form of gov't assumed there would be a voting population of commonly accepted high moral values assimilated mostly from Christian doctrine and morals/ethics, without which limited gov't doesn't work. CRITIQUE: his facts and logic seem generally valid.
Ch 6: CHRISTIANITY & HUMAN FALLIBILITY. Argues that ordinary people are valuable, yet fallible; that Christianity "exalts" ordinary people, inculcating in them noble values and aspirations needed to offset fallibility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All should read.
Great book. Dinesh has a gift.
Published 3 hours ago by R. Beerkircher
5.0 out of 5 stars What's So Great? Let Dinesh tell you
I'm not sure there's much else to say! Dinesh covers it all, leaving you with no doubt about the existence of God. I found this book difficult to put down. Read more
Published 1 day ago by kyle davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Provocative, Informative
If you are interested in the debate between religion and atheism (not specifically), or if you are simply searching for the why's and wherefore's of life, buy this book. Read more
Published 1 day ago by UT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good ideas and perspective on the true roll of Christianity in the history of the last 2000 years.
Published 2 days ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. Everyone should read this book
Very good book. Everyone should read this book, especially Christians, or if you are looking to convert to Christianity. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ila J. Neisler
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity is wonderful.
All of D'Souza's books are great. He explains Christianity so well and so clearly. Love this man.
Published 2 days ago by Mary G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I agree with most everything except that we differ on the age of the earth and inorganic evolution.
Published 4 days ago by Rational Shopper, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books of Christian apology that I have ever...
This is one of the best books of Christian apology that I have ever read in my life. In my mind, it ranks right up there with MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis!
Published 6 days ago by Jan D. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity IS great!
This book was delivered within a few days and was in excellent condition. Although the description stated that there were minor marks on the cover, we saw nothing that was... Read more
Published 6 days ago by jmm
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking people should read this book
If I were smarter, I'd write like Dinesh D'Souza. This book is something that ought to be read by everyone who claims to be intellectually honest!
Published 7 days ago by Peanutmonster
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Dinesh D'Souza has had a 25-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 served as the president of The King's College in New York City from 2010 to 2012.

Called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor's Business Daily, D'Souza quickly became known as a major influencer on public policy through his writings. His first book, Illiberal Education (1991), publicized the phenomenon of political correctness in America's colleges and universities and became a New York Times bestseller for 15 weeks. It has been listed as one of the most influential books of the 1990s.

In 1995, D'Souza published The End of Racism, which became one of the most controversial books of the time and another national bestseller. His 1997 book, Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, was the first book to make the case for Reagan's intellectual and political importance. D'Souza's The Virtue of Prosperity (2000) explored the social and moral implications of wealth.

In 2002, D'Souza published his New York Times bestseller What's So Great About America, which was critically acclaimed for its thoughtful patriotism. His 2003 book, Letters to a Young Conservative, has become a handbook for a new generation of young conservatives inspired by D'Souza's style and ideas. The Enemy at Home, published in 2006, stirred up a furious debate both on the left and the right. It became a national bestseller and was published in paperback in 2008, with a new afterword by the author responding to his critics.

Just as in his early years D'Souza was one of the nation's most articulate spokesmen for a reasoned and thoughtful conservatism, in recent years he has been an equally brilliant and forceful defender of Christianity. What's So Great About Christianity not only intelligently explained the core doctrines of the Christian faith, it also explained how the freedom and prosperity associated with Western Civilization rest upon the foundation of biblical Christianity. Life After Death: The Evidence shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and draws the striking conclusion that it is reasonable to believe in life after death.

In 2010, D'Souza wrote The Roots of Obama's Rage (Regnery), which was described as the most influential political book of the year and proved to be yet another best seller.

In 2012, D'Souza published two books, Godforsaken and Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream, the latter climbing to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and inspiring a documentary on the same topic. The film, called "2016: Obama's America," has risen to the second-highest all-time political documentary, passing Michael Moore's Sicko and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. In addition, 2016 has risen to #4 on the bestselling list of all documentaries.

These endeavors--not to mention a razor-sharp wit and entertaining style--have allowed D'Souza to participate in highly-publicized debates about Christianity with some of the most famous atheists and skeptics of our time.

Born in Mumbai, India, D'Souza came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983.

D'Souza has been named one of America's most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times Magazine. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation's 500 leading authorities on international issues, and Newsweek cited him as one of the country's most prominent Asian-Americans.

D'Souza's articles have appeared in virtually every major magazine and newspaper, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including the The Today Show, Nightline, The News Hour on PBS, The O'Reilly Factor, Moneyline, Hannity, Bill Maher, NPR's All Things Considered, CNBC's Kudlow Report, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

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I would HIGHLY recommend D'Souza's book, it is amazing. I consider it to be possibly the best apologetics book ever written, especially considering that he uses the questions/arguments of the atheist and answers them directly with science facts. D'Souza realizes that those who are not Christians... Read More
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Have you two read this book? Dinesh gives HUGE amounts of it to his opponent's positions. He is never disrespectful or dismissive. Hyperbolic and divisive statements such as, "every conservative christian" and "propaganda about atheists" really reveals that your objection is... Read More
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