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- Publication Date: December 21, 2013
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Gravity True For You But Not For Me Kindle Edition
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In the following I'll give you an idea of what to expect. If this were a book of fiction, I would post a "spoiler" warning here.
The book appears to be heavily influenced by I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Geisler and Turek, by Jim Marshall's website, by William Lane Craig, and to a smaller degree by Michael Behe's thoughts on intelligent design. Along the way he mentions other popular voices in the apologetics community, such as Ray Comfort, Francis Collins, and Christian rapper LeCrae. The reader will be given a short tour through the kalam cosmological argument, the ontological argument, moral arguments for god, and general criticism of evolution or naturalistic "bias" in science. This is the first third or so of the book, which is also the most interesting portion of the book to me by far. The author does about as good of a job as possible restating these arguments. However, the arguments themselves have amble counter arguments and by their nature engage in arguments from ignorance or special pleading. Moreover, even if one accepts a cosmological argument for god, it is quite a leap to conclude that this god must be ominipotent or personal in nature.
And that's where the author heads next with moral arguments for god, arguing that the moral code is written in our conscience. What follows is a rather lengthy defense of Christian Biblical historicity and accuracy. I found this section less interesting, mostly because the logical arguments are less rigorous, relying more on general assertions such that the Bible is well studied and that archaeology confirms its factual historicity. The author glosses over many difficulties with regard to the historicity issues altogether. Moreover, the author wants us to leap from accepting his assertions that the Bible is historically accurate, to accepting the miracles in The Bible, including (of course) the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I think many devout believers would admit that this is a leap of faith, rather than logic.
The last quarter (I'm estimating) of the book is more theological in nature, resting the case that god has been proven to exist, that the Bible's supremacy as the word of god has been proven, and that the claims of Jesus as the resurrected son of god have been proven. The author deals with total depravity of man, heaven, hell, the need for salvation by grace, and the requirement of faith in Christ to obtain that grace. I found this my least favorite part of the book, as I've heard it all before and it is a bit preachy in tone. Moreover, despite the authors' continued stressing of Christ's love for us and desire to save us, the capriciousness of god for damning us all to hell for even the slightest moral imperfection is inescapable. Infinite extreme torture as judgment for finite "sin" is impossible to justify. The author gives it a good shot, but it's a tough stance to take.
Overall the style of the writing was pleasant and sources are attributed well. The author makes his case with passion, but generally overstates the case by comparing acceptance of the existence of god (much less the Christian god) to acceptance of the force of gravity. For some readers, these arguments may be new and impressive. But apologetics is a field where truly new ideas are rare, and all arguments have impressive counters. The existence of god is a subject that has been hotly debated for centuries. This book is a good sampler of popular Christian arguments (particularly of Wm Lane Craig, Geisler and Turek). But it will not settle the debate.
I rate it three stars because the writing is well done and the research is evident. However, it does not rate higher because the Biblical accuracy portion is dull. The author makes assertions for which counter arguments are easy to imagine, but just moves on. Why Christianity is true but other major religions have it all wrong is not explored in any depth. The reader is just told that The Bible is accurate ... the Bible has it right .... no need to look around, because there's only one truth and its in The Bible. Moreover, the book essentially descends into an extended religious tract in the last 25% or so of the book. A casual reader interested only in the apologetics may want to bow out after the moral arguments.
This book is a nice summary of Christian apologetic arguments, but . . .
I didn't realize how distracting it is to read a poorly edited book. There are many incomplete and run on sentences. Punctuation is frequently improper. Some words are misused--for example, conscience v. conscious. Others are misspelled--Regan rather than Reagan. And then there were the 1017 silver dollars that if scattered would cover Texas two feet deep.
There are general editing issues as well. For example, some of the headings are confusing or not to the point. One heading was "Is the New Testament Accurate?" while the next was "Is the New Testament True?" The first section was about the accuracy of the manuscript evidence, while the second was about the historical accuracy.
Some of the arguments also need to be strengthened or restructured. Sorry I didn't note these so can't be specific.
Like the previous reviewer, I commend the author on his research and work. But poor writing also brings into question the quality of the scholarship. The book has promise. Like the previous reviewer, I would encourage a good editing job and a second edition. We need these kinds of books.
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