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See the Gods Fall: Four Rivals to Christianity Paperback – July 31, 2000

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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: College Press Publishing Company, Inc. (July 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899007988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899007984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,319,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chapter 2 on the classical Christian conception of God stood out as an unusually valuable summary: clear and concise! Overall, the book is sophisticated without being especially technical or bogging down on side-issues. Comparison with other theologies is an efficient and useful way to learn. This could be an accessible and exciting book to direct intelligent or philosophically-inclined people toward. The book had lingered on my "to do" stack for years ... if you have such a thing, and are interested in the ideas underlying the different understandings of the world playing out around (and on) us, consider bumping it up to the top.
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This is not a reluctant book. Francis Beckwith and Stephen Parrish are two of the keenest apologists to offer popular works for a wide audience; known for, among other things, their precise dismemberments of the errant worldviews. Herein they rationally dissect influential religious rivals that clash with Christianity. "See The gods Fall" exposes the egregious errors of Mormonism, the New Age Movement, Secular Humanism, and Baha'ism. It explores their doctrinal faults, philosophical blunders, and rational infeasibilities.

And it accomplishes this by building on its foundational chapter apropos critical thinking. This is a useful stratagem--I wish it were done more frequently by apologists--and the authors' clarity and rationality reveal the weaknesses of the worldviews they examine. But you don't want to read this as a mere philosophical treatise--it's far too biblical.

This readable book focuses on the philosophical concerns with false worldviews by the application of biblical truth. Beckwith seems to be more of a classical apologist and Parrish is an articulate presuppositionalist, so the reader receives thoughtful analysis from an almost concurrence of diverse epistemic scrutiny.

Chapters include:

* The Importance of Critical Thinking and Philosophy
* The Classical Christian Concept of God
* Mormonism
* Secular Humanism: Religion without God
* Baha'ism and the Unity of Religion
* The New Age Movement
* The Classical Concept of God is Biblical
* and more.

The authors are specific, clear, and repeatedly thought-provoking. Moreover they have a sharp eye for fallacious and self-refuting notions advocated by deceitful religionists.
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...non-Christian worldviews. I'm sure many Christians have used many of the same resources in combating Mormonism, secular humanism, Bahai'ism and New Age philosophies. Stick with those resources and add this book with it. It stresses more philosophical issues with these cults. Here's a sample reading (p.151): "...God is a necessary presupposition of all possible knowledge. That is to say, in order to justify knowledge, one must assume the existence of God. If this is true, then obviously atheism cannot be rationally affirmed." Although Beckwith and Parrish are evidentialist, they use presuppositionalism and evidentialism hand-in-hand.
Here are the Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Philosophical Analysis and Christianity's Rivals
Chapter 1: The Importance of Critical Thinking and Philosophy
Chapter 2: The Classical Christian Concept of God
Chapter 3: Mormonism
Chapter 4: Secular Humanism: Religion Without God
Chapter 5: Baha'ism and the Unity of Religions
Chapter 6: The New Age Movement
Appendix A: Of Logic and Lordship: The Validity of a Categorical Syllogism Supporting Christ's Deity
Appendix B: What Does Jerusalem Have to Do With Provo?
Appendix C: A Critical Analysis of David Paulsen's and Black Ostler's review of The Mormon Concept of God: A Philosophical Anaylsis by Francis J. Beckwith and Stephen E. Parrish (by Dennis Monokroussos)
Appendix D: Why the Classical Concept of God is Biblical
Appendix E: Separation of Guru and State?: Influence of the New Age Movement in Public Education
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Beckwith and Parrish use their evidentialist ideas to tackle four major philosophical world views: Mormonism, secular humanism, Baha'ism and the "New Age" movement. Philosophy is their speciality as they set up the basic mistakes made by many Christians in an attempt to show how these views are logically faulty. As they indicate, the Christian too often is left hanging as he uses improper logic--logical fallacies are named throughout the book--to prove his point. The authors show how a person could do better.
The book contains many good ideas, but there are some shortcomings. For one, their ideas about Mormonism are pretty much detailed in a book co-edited by Beckwith titled The New Mormon Challenge. If you read the latter, especially William Lane Craig's chapter, you will have a much better look at what these authors try to say in their limited pages. The chapter on secular humanism is probably their best. The Bah'ai chaper...well, I'm not sure how many American evangelicals have ever even met someone from this faith, which by no means is extremely popular in the U.S. Besides Beckwith's interest in this group--he did write a book on this topic--I'm not sure why they included this chapter. Finally, the "New Age" movement--do we still call it that?--is so general as to not be very useful.
This book is certainly worth a look, but there are other books I would suggest first.
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