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D'Souza makes a great the case for the existence of God, while simultaneously tearing apart many of the common atheist arguments presented in other books. Not only does D'Souza make a clear and well researched case for the existence of God from the philosophically side of things, but he also uses plenty of historical and scientific examples to prove his point. These examples are also used to sweep away the perception that atheists are somehow smarter and more sophisticated than the believers out there.
Through these historical examples D'Souza also demonstrates the many positive contributions that Christianity has made throughout history. He goes rights after the usual group of leftist myths that populate history textbooks and classrooms around the world. He debunks the so called "Dark Ages" and shows them in their true light as a time of innovation, science, economic growth, the end of slavery, and other positive accomplishments. Furthermore, over a span of three chapters D'Souza demonstrates how religion has been very supportive of science and not a hindrance to its development as you are taught in school with the leftist version of the Galileo affair. Additionally, the book clearly shows that overwhelmingly the greatest minds that have ever lived have been believers.
Moreover D'Souza shows that the crimes of the Crusades, the witch hunts, and the Inquisition are grossly exaggerated and in many cases had nothing to with the Church or religion persecution. These crimes are always played up by those of the left and these terms have unfortunately made their way into everyday language. D'Souza nicely counters these false claims with the fact that the atheist left leaning regimes of the last two hundred years are in fact the ones who have committed the greatest crimes in human history. In terms of numbers, the crimes of atheist and anti-Christian regimes like the French Revolutionary government, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, and other leftists far dwarf anything that has been done in the name of Christianity.
In closing as a strong believer, an engineer, and a history guy this book could not have made for a better read.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2008 3:40:59 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 1, 2008 3:44:40 PM PDT
CQ DX says:
Yes, religions have unquestionably done some good things for humanity, BUT there is also the dark, fear-mongering side of religion, specifically FANATICAL, fundamentalist religion, which blinds a person to reality, human rights, and progress. Look at all the religious fanatics (not the more temperate, sane ones) who would 'kill for Allah', or who are against stem cell research (which could save lives now), or who hold back their sick children from modern medicine because the think 'god can heal them' (often they die from neglect), or the hate and violence against homosexuals (many animal breeds exhibit this behavior, and it is innate and genetic), or would abuse women because they exposed their faces or 'too much leg' in public, or who want to ban evolution from being taught in schools, etc. etc. When religion becomes fanatical and 'all consuming' to an individual, they truthfully become mentally ill. They become a horse with blinders on, figuratively. Progress is stifled. Religion, in many cases, does not open minds.... it closes them.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2008 6:01:10 PM PST
Nate McCooey says:
Yes, CQ DX, you are correct. In those cases, people have been blinded by their religion. However, it is man's tendency to pervert and twist the scripture in his sacred text which causes that. The teachings of most religions, when taken in proper context, are inherently good.
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