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The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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About the Author
William A. Dembski is research professor in Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. A mathematician and philosopher, he is also a senior fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. Dembski has appeared in discussions about intelligent design on the BBC, NPR, PBS, CNN, FOX News, ABC Nightline and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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To fully appreciate what I predict will be the rather unique and considerable appeal of Dembski's theological assertions, it's crucial to bear in mind this reality: Evangelical and conservative mainline Christians take the Bible very seriously. For them, it is not merely a book of wisdom, encouragement, and hope, but a peerless communiqué from God to mankind. Divine in ultimate origin, it is absolutely error-free, affirming nothing that is contrary to fact in any category of information, including history and science.Read more ›
Enter William Dembski's The End of Christianity. I should begin by saying up front that this was a very rewarding read although not a "light" one. This is tough stuff. That is by no means a criticism. Some things can't--and shouldn't--be simplified. It was C. S. Lewis who reminded us that "It is no good looking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple. . . . If we ask for something more than simplicity, it is silly then to complain that the something more is not simple. Very often, however, this procedure is adopted by people who are not silly, but who, consciously or unconsciously, want to destroy Christianity. Such people put up a version of Christianity suitable to a child of six and make that the object of their attack" (Mere Christianity, pp. 40-41). This is precisely what I think Darwin did.Read more ›
The book's subtitle is "Finding a Good God in an Evil World," and it is a theodicy, attempting to demonstrate that God's goodness is compatible with the existence of evil on earth, or, in other words, "to resolve how a good God and an evil world can coexist" (p. 4). Divided into five sections, it contains twenty-four chapters and 238 pages, including introduction and various indices.
More than mere theodicy, Dembski's goal is to outline a specifically Christian theodicy that defends three particular claims: "God by wisdom created the world out of nothing...God exercises particular providence in the world...All evil in the world ultimately traces back to human sin" (p. 8).
The eye-catching title has nothing to do with Christianity's demise, but, rather, its effect. "The end of Christianity, as envisioned in this book, is the radical realignment of our thinking so that we see God's goodness in creation despite the distorting effects of sin in our hearts and evil in the world" (p. 11).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book on God's retroactive and transtemporal powers!....Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
While I am not necessarily sold on Dembski's theory, it is a valid and interesting contribution to the understanding of the problem of the existence of natural evil and a world... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Randall
William A. Dembski is a well-known proponent of Intelligent Design. But in this book he makes an interesting foray into theology, specifically the question of theodicy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scott Christensen
I was expecting something written by an Ivory Tower intellectual. I was also expecting something that was convincing, worthy of a Princeton Seminary graduate. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Inquirer
A very intelligent man and a very interesting topic. My only complaint is that the writing style was as dry as the Sahara desert and with all due respect, he repeated himself... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Greg Bahnsen Burner
William Demski has written a gem! Don't be fooled by the title...It is not even the beginning of the end of Christianity. Such a fine book bought used but in pristine condition. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rob W.
Excellent presentation analyses of the reality "The End of Christianity" by William Dembski, compares Christianity to present day skeptics of Jesus or Bible claims of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John