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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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D'Souza offers "sharp and poignant observations on...freedom and opportunity." --Wall Street Journal

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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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245 of 283 people found the following review helpful
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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41 of 45 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
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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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allowed me to be a more informed Christian January 12, 2010
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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging apologetic. December 27, 2007
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What's So Great About Christianity shouldn't be read as a closely argued apologetic. (People make the same mistake with C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, and with some of my books.) This is a response to a series of popular, breezy attacks on Christianity. Like Dawkins, D'Souza has something to say about almost everything: human and cosmic origins, the mind, the origin of science, the Inquisition, Hitler, Buddha, Plato, the resurrection of Jesus. It wouldn't be fair to expect an in-depth or even equally informed discussion of all these issues in a single book: when you're on defense, you have to meet the other guys where they attack.

D'Souza's defense has many merits. First, he's an excellent writer. The book is colloquial, engaging, and lively. Nor is there anything mushy or wavering -- or defensive! -- about his defense. D'Souza stands toe to toe with the critics, and while he doesn't lower himself to some of Dawkins' nastier tactics, he also doesn't back down. Many of D'Souza's aphorisms have the Chestertonian quality of giving "conventional wisdom" a simple and well-earned tweek to the nose: "Indeed the Darwinian portrait of man is a remarkable corroboration of the Christian doctrine of original sin." "Shakespeare is our greatest dramatist, but there is no single character in Shakespeare who can match Christ's eloquence."
"Christianity made family life important in a way that it wasn't before." "In the context of the history of warfare, there is no warrant for considering the Crusades a world historical crime of any sort."

In general D'Souza also shows good sense. No one can be an expert in everything, which is why basic horse sense comes in handy here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 day ago by Keith Venters
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a compelling case for Christianity
D'Souza really knows how to show the uniqueness of Christianity and its importance in the world. It was a great read; I recommend it for anyone who is seeking truth.
Published 1 day ago by J. Lott
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable journey of the fruits of Christianity
Dinesh takes the reader through a varied ride how Christianity has contributed to the development of humankind, while also combating the common arguments made by leading atheists. Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. Lozano
1.0 out of 5 stars Lies Your Pastor Tells You
Terrible. I expected a more honest approach to answering the title. Nope. Dinesh totally avoids all of the flaws in Christianity. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Gave it away.
Published 8 days ago by Anna Gregov
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It's a good book, but like most things that Dinesh writes, not backed up very well. Even though I agree with most of it, if I didn't this book probably wouldn't convince me.
Published 15 days ago by TomD
1.0 out of 5 stars Myopic prostelatyzing on Amazon? No thank you!
This book keeps showing up in various product categories aimed at atheists. It is not about atheism. It is not about atheists. Read more
Published 17 days ago by ScottyDawg
4.0 out of 5 stars Christianity
This is a great recourse as a reference book. It has in-depth information that is so detailed that it becomes overwhelming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars he has great intellect and courage
This book is a great overview for a basic understanding of the Christian faith in our time and why it is important. Good read.
Published 1 month ago by Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars Great amount of scholarship displayed but the premises made were not...
Mr. D'Souza writes as an apologist; like what you'd typically get from paid political supporters for our two major parties in this country. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jer367
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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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The Reason for God or What's So Great About Christianity?
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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Conservatives don't really believe this nonsense.
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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Ain't going to heaven
The question you have to ask is - why do you and your family behave that way? Where did that ideal you seem to pattern your life after come from? Out of nothing? People cling to "irrational and outmoded beliefs" because they are neither. Your life has been governed by the very rules... Read More
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