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A Shot of Faith to the Head provides Christians with clear and powerful ways to address atheism's most ardent proponents, and it shows that believers can remain calm, confident, and effective in the face of contemporary attacks on faith. But more than just offering defensive tools, the author provides the Christian with powerful means for launching offensive strikes on ...more
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Published April 16th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Douglas Wilson
Apr 08, 2012 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing
What a fine book! Lotsa fun, and I will do a more detailed review on my blog sometime soon.
James
Apr 12, 2012 James rated it really liked it
It is no secret that since the twin towers fell just over ten years ago, certain atheists have gotten louder and much more forceful in their opposition to religion. The late Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are dubbed the four horseman of the new atheism and have set to work showing up religious believers for their lack of evidence, failure to reckon with modern science, and the manifold ways that religion drives war, injustice and cruel acts (like Sept. 11, ...more
Dan Glover
Aug 27, 2012 Dan Glover rated it it was amazing
This is a thoughtful, clearly communicated, witty and well written response to the new atheists. This response doesn't agree to argue with the atheists from the ground of their own assumptions but shows how those assumptions are themselves highly suspect and depend more on faith and less on observable, objective fact then any of them would like to admit. In fact, Stokes makes it clear that the new atheists aren't actually doing science when they argue for the non-existence of God, since that ...more
Chet Duke
May 23, 2016 Chet Duke rated it it was amazing
This is a valuable book. In my experience reading Christian apologetics books (which has been somewhat disappointing in recent years) I have yet to come across anything quite like this. I would call it something like "Reformed Epistemology/Plantinga for Dummies" but Stokes includes so much more, especially his words on Quine and the importance of mathematics in philosophy of religion.
This would make for a great introductory text for philosophy of religion/theology students as it caters to those
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
May 01, 2012 Henk-Jan van der Klis rated it really liked it
Dr. Stokes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. While serving as an advanced and senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes took theological courses at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He went on to complete an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion) at Yale University under Dr. Nick Wolterstorff in 2001 and an M.A. in Philosophy at University of ...more
Jared Totten
Jun 30, 2012 Jared Totten rated it it was amazing
Every year there's a book that comes across my desk of which I have little or no expectations for but ends up being one of my favorite books of the year. In 2009, it was Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson. In 2010, it was Marks of the Messenger by J. Mack Stiles. In 2011, it was A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester and Red Like Blood by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington.

Without a doubt, the strongest contender for the title so far this year is A Shot of Faith to the Head by Mitch Stokes, PhD. Whi
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Orbs n Rings
May 03, 2012 Orbs n Rings rated it really liked it
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Interesting insight better used for contemplation and strengthening ones own faith.

This book was very thought provoking and the author Stokes covers many topics including those common arguments atheists use when in reference to God not existing. Some of the topics in this book include views from the West's first philosopher Thales of Miletus to evidentialistic views used by Hume and Russell, the senses divinitatis by Plantinga, scientific views from Galileo, Newton and others including Plato, Ar
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Anthony obsessivebooknerd.com
May 14, 2014 Anthony obsessivebooknerd.com rated it really liked it
“Questions are natural, and ignoring them is unnecessary and even dangerous. Addressing them, on the other hand, usually yields sizable dividends.”

What a refreshing attitude! I’ve been reading books on faith and religion for several years, and my reason for doing so is pretty well exemplified by Dr. Mitch Stokes‘ quote. I’ve made the decision to read faithful, religious, and spiritual books despite my secularism because I feel that spirituality and philosophy are never-ending quests. Does limiti
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Suzannah
Feb 18, 2015 Suzannah rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've had an apologetics checkup, so with various friends raving about Mitch Stokes's rather thrillingly-titled book, I decided I'd use this as my refresher course.

This is very fine stuff. With a friendly layout and writing style, Mitch Stokes gives a helpful digest of some of the hardest-hitting apologetics arguments out there, relying particularly heavily on the work of the venerable Alvin Plantinga. This book is high on both readability and philosophical heft.

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Scott
Apr 15, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it
This was a really, really fun book.

Primarily written from a Christian worldview to Christians, I found that this book would be a helpful source to show any person--believer or unbeliever alike--that belief in God is rational. I can already tell that I'll be milling over some of the thoughts therein for some time and have already added books cited to my Amazon wishlist. I'd encourage for Christians who want to dust off the old noggin and apply a shot of faith straight to the dome.

Also, this book
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Lisa
Nov 12, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
Mitch Stokes makes a case for Christianity amidst all the skepticism of religion today. This book aims to prove the rationality of applying Christian beliefs to science and to life in general.


This book was an enjoyable read, it was interesting and well reasoned. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Christian apologetics and to curious non-believers.

* I was provided a complimentary copy of this book through Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
Mike Duran
Jan 31, 2013 Mike Duran rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Loved this. Complex and witty. Approaches defense of the Christian faith against atheism through larger philosophical lenses, rather than bullet-point rebuttals and tactical maneuvers. The back-to-back chapters on our mathematical universe and Platonic Forms was quite good, establishing how science itself opened the door to Something beyond nature. Really enjoyed this!
Lucas Bradburn
Dec 03, 2012 Lucas Bradburn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
Brilliant.
Ryan
Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Our time is one where atheists bully us around, claiming we’re delusional if we believe in a God. Since there is no physical evidence of him, they say, then teaching our kids about God is worse than child abuse. However, though they try to intimidate and pretend that they stand on the back of science, their claims are very weak indeed.

Mitch Stokes has written an extremely helpful book to equip and strengthen our f
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George Paul
Jan 29, 2013 George Paul rated it it was amazing
Mitch Stokes, A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012). $16.99, 252 pages.

Is belief in God irrational? Does science show that God doesn’t exist? Does evil?

Over the past decade, New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Victor J. Stenger have answered these questions affirmatively. Their best-selling books have promoted the ideas that Christian faith is based on insufficient
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Steve
May 28, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: thoughtful Christians
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There is a plethora of books available that argue the case for theism. Most of these are quite repetitive offering pretty much the same arguments. But Mitch Stokes’s book A Shot of Faith {to the head} takes a fresh approach drawing together three lines of argument in support of his contention that ‘atheism is undone’.

In three sections, Stokes explores rationality, design and absolute standards suggesting that atheism has no explanation for these without allowing for the supernatural. These three
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Rick Davis
Jan 27, 2014 Rick Davis rated it it was amazing
I first became familiar with the work of Alvin Plantinga as a freshman in college. My philosophy prof was a big fan of Plantinga’s ideas on properly basic beliefs, warrant, and proper function. It wasn’t until much later that I encountered the presuppositionalist followers of Van Til and Bahnsen. Although I did (and do) appreciate presuppostionalism, I noticed the similarity to Plantinga’s work, and to be honest I preferred Plantinga. The problem is that, until now, there haven’t been any ...more
Harold Cameron
Sep 17, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
“Secular, skeptical, disillusioned. These are the traits that mark our age—encouraged by outspoken atheists who insist that faith is naïve and belief is dangerous. But what if the atheists are the irrational ones? Can their beliefs withstand the rigorous examination that they demand from others?
In A Shot of Faith of Faith to the Head, Mitch Stokes, Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New Saint Andrews College, dismantles the claims of skeptics and atheists, while constructing a simple yet solid case
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Michael
Sep 24, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
A fun, popular read that'll point you in a good direction for further reading. A book like this helps you see that the room the Brights are yelling at people from is only dimly lit.
Caleb Coy
Jul 28, 2015 Caleb Coy rated it really liked it
From the start, Stokes opens up by demonstrating the failure of logical positivism to be rational. In a attempt to render religious thought and language of all kinds meaningless, logical positivists define a meaningful sentence as statements that 1) can be observed, and 2) are true. If so, then sentences about God would be meaningless. But not only that, but the sentence, “Only sentences about things that can be observed and are true are meaningful,” is itself meaningless. How can we observe ...more
Cameron Rebarchek
Apr 27, 2015 Cameron Rebarchek rated it liked it
Shelves: apologetics
Let me start by saying this book is heavy. One of the reasons it is called a shot to the head might be because your brain might hurt after a while. I really appreciated the author including chapter synopses called “For Your Arsenal” to help break the meat into chewable portions. This book is divided into three sections debunking common atheistic statements entitled “Belief In God is Irrational,” “Science Has Shown There’s No God,” and “Evil and Suffering Show There’s No God.” There’s no doubt ...more
Andre Rook
Nov 18, 2013 Andre Rook rated it really liked it
While reading "A Shot of Faith to the Head," by Mitch Stokes, I can't help but smile. While seemingly intent on bringing up the most difficult questions that atheists can whip up, is Stokes just a glutton for punishment? Hardly. He coolly judos the arguments, and presents the Christian response in an encouraging and matter-of-fact way.

Stokes begins each chapter with a slew of questions (sometimes by the pageful), and evenhandedly builds the case for atheism, or mostly the popular case for it. I
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Seth
A common frustration in arguing with someone about, well, anything, is the problem of different assumptions and conflicting foundational beliefs—especially when we aren’t even aware they are in conflict. I tend to want to address the underlying issues first, to distill them down to their fundamental essence. Mitch Stokes does exactly that in what is basically a layman’s summary of the work of well-known Notre Dame philosopher Alvin Plantinga.

Leveraging Plantinga (and a few others) to do the heav
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Tim
Aug 14, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
A decent introduction to philosophy and a solid take-down attempt on atheism. This book would be a good one for a collage-aged group to go through. A lot of the things that will be presented in collage as fact are analyzed and weaknesses exposed. The New Atheists ("Brights" as the like to call themselves) seem to believe that no other academic discipline has anything to say to science so they ignore philosophy, sociology, and theology. Dismiss them as irrelevant and thus cut off the branch they ...more
Erlyn Trinidad
A Shot Of Faith (To The Head): Be A Confident Believer In An Age Of Cranky Atheists is a book I got through the Booksneeze Blogger reviews program. I was looking for another good read on faith and Christianity and thought that this book might be a good one.

I like that the author is very structured. Mitch Stokes opened the book by telling about people being converted to Christianity and then later on being unable to defend their faith or even expound their beliefs. He also gave a history of know
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Loraine Alcorn
May 20, 2012 Loraine Alcorn rated it really liked it
I received my copy of A Shot Of Faith (To The Head): Be A Confident Believer In An Age Of Cranky Atheists by Mitch Stokes, Through Booksneeze . I was hoping to get so insights on how to deal with some family members who are nonbelievers.

I was able to get a few pointers that will help me but most of the authors suggestions would work way better for those of us in college or in a setting where we have to deal with college level unbelievers and scientists. So this is a fantastic resource for those
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Richard
Oct 25, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
Oh my word. Dr Mitch Stokes has written a book in response to the "cranky atheists" that will expand your brain.

If you have ever sat through a Philosophy 101 class, you may get just a taste of what's in store for you when you read this book.

Stokes gives us three parts in which he lays out his arguments for the existence of God and how you can confidently discuss/argue your point with atheists.

You get seven chapters on why belief in God is rational. This is in direct conflict with the Neo-Atheist
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Zee
May 08, 2013 Zee rated it liked it
If you like philosophy and you are good with logical thinking – this is a book for you. As the headline says, [this book will help you to] Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists.

Mitch Stokes has done a good job explaining away the most common misconceptions about Christianity and the principles – as well as the questions that arise that at a first glance seem like a contradiction. However, my problem was comparing it to the Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Kreeft and Tacelli. W
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Brenten Gilbert
In A Shot of Faith to the Head, Mitch Stokes offers readers weapons for their arsenal in the battle between atheism and Christianity. He effectively rebuts any and all arguments against Christianity. Most of the time, you don’t even have to think too hard to follow along. (Some sections need a little closer, non-interrupted focus, but every chapter ends with a handy, bulleted list of the key points).

Stokes takes a three-fold approach to dismantling the main challenges to Christianity. He first s
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John Martindale
Having read Alvin Plantinga's little book “God, Freedom and Evil,” I discovered Plantinga is not the easiest person in the world to read, due to all the logic (God exist at T1 entails Jones did X at T2 God believes X, therefore, etc..). So seeing the the size and price of some of Plantinga's other works, I knew I likely wouldn't make it through them anytime soon (though I still hope to eventually do so). So how to get Plantinga's goodness in me without struggling through his massive ...more
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Dr. Stokes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. While serving as an advanced and senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes took theological courses at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He went on to complete an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion) ...more
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