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D'Souza offers "sharp and poignant observations on...freedom and opportunity." --Wall Street Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? Has Christianity been disproven by science, debunked as a force for good, and discredited as a guide to morality?

Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great About America) looks at Christianity with a questioning eye, but treats atheists with equal skepticism. The result is a book that will challenge the assumptions of both believers and doubters and affirm that there really is, indeed, something great about Christianity. D'Souza reveals:

*Why Christianity explains what modern science tells us about the universe and our origins--that matter was created out of nothing, that light preceded the sun--better than atheism does
*How Christianity created the framework for modern science, so that Christianity and science are not irreconcilable, but science and atheism might be
*Why the alleged sins of Christianity--the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Galileo affair ("an atheist's fable")--are vastly overblown
*Why atheist regimes are responsible for the greatest mass murders of history
*Why evolution does not threaten Christian belief, but actually supports the "argument from design"
*Why atheists fear the Big Bang theory and the "anthropic principle" of the universe, which are keystones of modern astronomy and physics
*How Christianity explains consciousness and free will, which atheists have to deny
*Why ultimately you can't have Western civilization--and all we value from it--without the Christianity that gave it birth.

Provocative, enlightening, a twenty-first-century successor to C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity is the perfect book for the seeker, the skeptic, and the believer who wants to defend his faith. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; unknown edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414326017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414326016
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (474 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be wonderfully refreshing. We live in a time when books promoting atheism and attacking religion (especially Christianity) are best sellers and promoted nearly everywhere. This book stands up for Christianity, but in an intellectual and systematic way. D'Souza has not provided a book of testimony or a scriptural defense of faith. He spends twenty-four chapters examining the arguments made against religion and answers them using history, philosophy, and careful reasoning. Chapters 25 & 26 are the closest the author comes to promoting Christianity and inviting you to examine its benefits. However, it is hardly an aggressive missionary approach.

D'Souza presents the basic material examining Christianity in seven parts (the eight being the last two chapters). The first is "The Future of Christianity". The author lays out the current bump in popularity in militant atheism, but why it is really a long term loser. Despite atheism's best efforts, outside narrow intellectual circles religion is growing in most places in the world. In particular, Christianity is growing the fastest of all and in its future is bright. The second part looks at the historical rise and contributions of Christianity to Western Civilization and again demonstrates that many popular notions are simply wrong or fabrications.

The third part looks at science as a wonderful tool and a very poor faith. I particularly loved the chapter correcting the popular notion that Galileo was imprisoned by the Church because the Church was trying to suppress scientific truth. In fact, he was put under house arrest because he published a book he had promised not to publish and insulted the pope in a very egregious way.
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I had the opportunity to meet D'nesh D'Souza and hear him speak, before I was able to read the book. In my opinion, D'Souza is one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time. In "What's so Great About Christianity", D'Souza evaluates the unique claims of Christianity relative to other religions, the absense of religion (atheism), and Darwinism. Furthermore, he evaluates the impact that Christianity has had on the world through the ages. Finally, he evaluates the thinking of some of the most famous philosophers throughout history in a rational and compelling manner. I found his arguments powerful and compelling. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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I bought the book on CD and when I wake up and can't go to sleep I play it. Sometimes I listen to the same parts again. The book is chocked full of information and how to strengthen my faith in God, remove any doubt Jesus really lived and he goes through all the arguments that people use to attack me being a Christian and one by one he tears them down.

For example this morning I woke up at 5:00am so I had an hour before I had to get out of bed, I listened to how Christians were responsible for all the wars and killing from the Crusades, to witch hunts to Palestine, to "Hitler was Catholic and had deep seated hatred for Jews etc etc." Dinesh takes that one on and now I can throw off the yoke put on by my College Classes that made me feel guilty for what I believed.

Anyway, it is the best $17.00 I've ever spent, it's the modern version of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.
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The best thing about this book is D’Souza’s frontal assault on atheism. He shows it to be a fraudulent concept based on debunked philosophical positions and he demonstrates the frightening paths atheism will take the human race down. It was atheism that spawned the most destructive regimes in modern history and has slaughtered more human beings than any other theoretical position ever taken. Atheism frees men to kill without compassion and rule without conscience.

What’s So Great About Christianity also puts reality into a non-materialistic light. Can our five senses tell us all we need to know about the universe? As the author points out, before the Big Bang reality as we know it did not exist, because the orderly laws of the universe did not exist. The Big Bang theory starts out with light; that is, the first thing out of the box was light – a universe flooded with light. In Genesis God starts creation with “Let there be light.” No other ancient text does this, or anything even close. D’Souza is able to make this point rationally and without hyperbole. The key is, materialism cannot explain the universe or our world. D’Souza’s assault on the evolutionary canard “it must have happened because we are here,” is well worth the price of the book all by itself. And D’Souza does all of this without resorting to supernatural explanations about reality.

More than one documentary exists showing that animals hold senses we do not. A lion was raised by two men who later left it with a game reserve and they moved to another nation. After many years this pair of humans decided to return to look for their feline friend. He was waiting at the airport when they arrived.
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