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Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All?

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A Christianity Today 1995 Books of the Year Finalist!Believing. Most of us take it for granted. We just do it--whether it's trusting that the sun will come up tomorrow, that the lunch we are about to eat is not poisoned or that our religious beliefs are not ill-founded. But why should we believe any of these things? Why should anyone believe anything at all?With insight an ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 18th 1994 by Inter-Varsity Press (first published June 15th 1994)
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Tejas
Jun 15, 2015 Tejas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book could be summarised as follow Christianity.
Taking cover of science, like sociology and philosophy, to argue the belief system in favour of adopting Christian religion is not working at all.
Coming from India, following eastern philosophy of life which is less of a religion and more of a way of life, I find very difficult to grasp the need for anyone to enforce their religious viewpoints on others, persuade to convert one's belief and making forceful attempt to prove a religion is better ov
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Brian Watson
Jan 01, 2013 Brian Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was developed from a talk that Sire gave at over one hundred university campuses. The talk's name was the same as the book's, and Sire would have volunteers pass out index cards that had that question printed on it to students, who would then write down their answers. Their answers were placed in different categories, such as sociological reasons, psychological reasons, and religious reasons. Sire exams the different reasons offered for why anyone should believe something, and then com ...more
Eric
Feb 26, 2011 Eric rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've loathed writing a review for this book, because I don't think I could do it justice.

The book was quite an annoying read. The first half was (seriously) taking college students' responses to the question "Why should anyone believe anything at all?" and giving the author's two-bits on why those reasons are correct or incorrect. Basically, it covered the first week of a freshman course on epistemology. While claiming to deal with post-modern thought, it really avoids the issue by a vague rejec
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Bob Mendelsohn
Aug 08, 2011 Bob Mendelsohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sire does a good job in covering the lot, from philosophical and modern evaluations through reason (which he argues is itself an act of faith) to reach the biblical truths. He even deal with modern skeptic questions about the resurrection, about the reliability of the Bible, about the problem of evil and the modern search /quest for the historical Jesus. Quite good!
Eliza
Sep 20, 2007 Eliza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
a very bias look at an objective subject - too much focus on Jesus and Christianity and why this faith is the answer to our questions and the path to a fulfilling and meaningful life
Kyle Scheele
I enjoyed the first section of the book where Sire engages students across the country, the second part was just alright.
Alan
I am reading it now...several years after it was published because I found it in a used book store in september.
Michael
I believe I read this one during college. I think it does a great job answering the question asked in the title.
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James W. Sire is a Christian author, speaker, and former editor for InterVarsity Press.

Sire has been an officer in the Army, a college professor of English literature, philosophy and theology, the chief editor of InterVarsity Press, a lecturer at over two hundred universities around the world and the author of twenty books on literature, philosophy and the Christian faith. His book The Universe Ne
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