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5.0 out of 5 stars Memo From The Loyal Opposition, October 4, 2012
This review is from: Atheism And The Case Against Christ (Paperback)
I work with professor McCormick; have read his book; have debated him in public about (parts of) it. Let me begin this short note, which is my first time ever giving such a review of anything on Amazon, by quoting my full blurb for his book that I wrote for his publisher:

"Who should read this book? Theists, atheists, Christians, non-Christians, and those whose lives are affected by these overlapping groups--in short, everyone. It contains bold arguments that we should not believe in the resurrection of Christ. And that, for similar reasons, we should believe there is no God. It's plain-speaking, fast-moving, wide-ranging, and hard-hitting. It engages and advances previous discussions in countless creative ways. And it does not simply "preach to the choir" (at least not often). I believe its arguments are mistaken. But it will take at least another book to say why."

This blurb was not an attempt at flattery. Nor was it an attempt to damn with faint praise. The simple truth of the matter is that people in general, and Christian theists in particular, can read a book like this for profit and for pleasure, even if it leaves them challenged, and/or reassured, and/or perplexed at various points. Yes, one might disagree with something in nearly every chapter (as I do). No, one need not explain to the world what those disagreements are (as I hope to do elsewhere) to be rational in having those disagreements. As one with more authority than me on such things has said, "that's just life in philosophy."

Russell DiSilvestro
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2012 12:23:34 PM PDT
A. Scott says:
I appreciate your honesty and dedication to truth, professor.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 5:42:31 PM PST
I would love to know where to find/read your view of things whenever it becomes available!

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 6:50:07 AM PST
Anonymous says:
"No, one need not explain to the world what those disagreements are ... to be rational in having those disagreements."

Yes, you do. Until you explain, you are laughed at and ignored.

"The Ghost in the Machine is the Elephant in the Room: Souls, Death, and Harm at the End of Life"

Souls??? Souls??? Your disagreement is clear and now you are laughed at.
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