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Who Is Agent X?: Proving that Science and Logic show it is More Rational to Think God Exists Paperback – March 27, 2012
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Neil Mammen is an Engineering Scientist with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Solid State Physics. He has started 4 high tech companies in Silicon Valley and one internationally during his career. He is the author of over 20 pending and awarded patents. Neil is the founder of NoBlindFaith.com, an apologetics teaching ministry focused on training everyday people to use apologetics in evangelization. He is a speaker at various venues around the US teaching Apologetics, Theology and the defense of Christianity as a Rational and Logical Faith. Neil has been featured on: NPR debating Eric Rothschild and Eugenie Scott at the Commonwealth Club; On the Lars Larson Show as a guest; and on KFAX speaking about Stem Cell Research and can be heard daily on over 190 radio stations around the US. He is on the board of the Values Advocacy Council and has spoken at local churches for the Family Research Council. Some of Neil's blogs can be found at www.CrossExamined.org. Neil is available to speak at churches, retreats, schools and colleges. He can be contacted at www.NoBlindFaith.com
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This is a page-turner written in an almost conversational style that makes it easy to read in little more than one sitting. In chapter 4, the explanation of the fine-tuning issue in the laws of physics is full of new illustrations that blow the mind. The author explains multi-dimensionality in a way that's accessible to non-physicists and non-mathematicians such as myself (which I appreciate).
Almost half of the book is set up as answers to common objections, which is different than anything that I've ever seen before, but I think it works pretty well in this context. It is clear that Mr. Mammen has talked and interacted with dozens of people who disagree with this point of view and it covers most of everything I can think of.
On a side note, I really appreciate how this book actually has the notations at the bottom of the page in footnotes rather than at the end of the book. It is so bothersome to have to keep a post-it note at the back of the page so I can actually interact with the cited material.
All in all, I'd say this is a well-written book on a well-known topic that offers some new insights in some new ways of looking at things. I'd suggest you add this one to your library.
The index of the book is just as important if you're reading this book in your self-training to become an apologist because it addresses objections and the answers to them which is important to know as one may encounter some of these and not know how to answer them. In the index, Neil addressed something I myself have been wondering myself, which is "Why would God take billions of years to prepare the Earth for human population when He could do it in a lot less time". I think what he said on that made sense.
If you're a Christian doubting your faith, a Christian training yourself in apologetics, or an honest atheist searching for evidence, this book is for you.
It provides arguments that are used in Christian apologetics today, with new ways to clearly explain them.
I would highly recommend this book to any "budding" apologist. Helps answer a lot of questions that young apologists have. Using logic, Mammen shows that the creator of the universe can't be pre-existing matter, computer, or any other mechanistic agent. He shows that the creator of the universe (this of course comes after he shows that there must be a creator of the universe) must be a non-mechanistic agent that is capable of making decisions at their own will. So once again, this is a great book that every young apologist should have in their library. To be honest, the book isn't solely for a young apologist. It could serve just as great a purpose for any apologist looking for something that's written down in layman's terms. I've read the book through twice now and I still find myself referring to it.