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Persuasions Audio CD – Audiobook, July 1, 1998
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About the Author
Douglas Wilson is pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is the author of Easy Chairs, Hard Words, Reforming Marriage, and the co-author of Angels in the Architecture.
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Top Customer Reviews
Let me just name a few topics that are covered: Existence of God, Problem of Evil, Evolutionism, Antinomianism, Legalism, and Roman Catholicism. Doug Wilson manages to even address practical issues like Marriage! What¡¯s great about this book is that it lays down clearly what Reformed Christians believe without getting too technical.
Although I would highly recommend this book to anyone, my only regret is that this book could have done much more. At times, I felt like the dialogues just ended too abruptly leaving the reader hanging. Therefore, in some ways length of this book is its weakness as well as its strength. I felt that much more could have been discussed in each dialogues. Maybe even tell the reader, for instance, what Antinomianism is before the dialogue begins. In fact, I think there is an error in the table of content regarding Antinomianism (topics of John and Bill should be switched). You see, I wouldn't have known that if I weren¡¯t already familiar with the subject.
I¡¯m just hoping there¡¯s going to be a sequel. =)
"Your earlier chain of reasoning, and your statement just now, indicate that you believe in the validity of reason."
"That is correct."
"Why is that?"
"What do you mean, 'Why is that?'"
"Do you believe in the theory of evolution?"
"I certainly do. Science has settled the matter beyond question."
"So you believe that all we see around us is the result of time and chance acting on matter?"
"And that nothing exists unless it is the result of this process?"
"So this is what lies behind my earlier question. Why do you believe in the validity of reason? How can time and chance, acting on matter, produce reason?"
This leaves many atheists virtually speechless or mute on the subject. You should make an effort to get Wilson's debate with Dan Barker. Furthermore, if you search any web enginge, you're liable to find Wilson's debate with Farrell Till and Theodore M. Drange.
The narrator relates his observations of Evangelist, who travels the road leading to the City, i.e. heaven. He meets a series of people traveling in the opposite direction, toward the Abyss which awaits at the other end of the road. Each mistakenly believes, however, that he is headed in the right direction. When Evangelist gently notes their error, each proceeds to explain to him why they are correct and he is wrong. Each dialogue is based on a different critique of Christianity, whether it be antinomianism, existentialism, or hypocrisy within the church, to name just a few. Each conversation ends with the traveler continuing on his way, with new ideas and implications to think about.
There are thirteen such encounters in all, each presented in a concise, easy to read chapter. The arguments follow a smooth logical flow, and the reasoning presented in each chapter is incisive. In short, this book enables the lay reader to quickly grasp and use some powerful tools to "be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." This is an incredibly practical resource which can easily be read in one sitting. However, I definitely intend to re-read it when the opportunity arises. I commend this book to the reading of every committed believer in Jesus Christ.