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What's So Great About Christianity

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,347 ratings  ·  208 reviews
In a world of facts and figures, can an intellectual have faith? Is it possible to believe anything the Bible says? Yes, and one man will show you how.

Amidst scientists’ attempts to debunk Christianity’s truths and atheists’ assuming the Bible is a how-to-be-virtuous self-help book, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza resolves to both answer the tough questions and challenge...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Regnery Publishing (first published 2007)
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David
This is one Christian's response to the recent onslaught of atheistic anti-Christian literature. D'Souza answers their attacks eloquently, showing how religion is triumphing globally over atheism, how Western culture, including the scientific method, is thoroughly indebted to Christianity, how Christian teachings are supported by science, and how atheist attacks against Christianity don't hold up philosophically. I found this eye-opening and intriguing. It's a good tool for anyone seeking an ans...more
Maxwell
Jan 09, 2008 Maxwell rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
rife with misconceptions and assumptions, this book is not much information about anything. more of a book about the author's opinion than facts, it is sheer propaganda. what makes me sad about this book is that i can see the angle that this brand of christian is coming from, and it sees wrong conclusions using faulty logic. for example, dinesh d'souza claims that he understands darwinian evolution, but reading his take on it is laughable. he claims that darwinian evolution actually SUPPORTS the...more
Larry
I am a devoted follower of Jesus and firmly believe he is the way, the truth and the life, but d'souza is, in my opinion, trying to exploit a right wing market to sell books by putting out poorly researched, very biased, one-sided works designed to be self-congratulatory to a particular group. His sense of history is so skewed that a high school teacher would give him a "D". Open minded, fair and balanced, it is not.
John
Of the recent books I've read on Christian apologetics, this is the one that I'd most like friends who are skeptics or doubters to read. It's written in clear, conversational, persuasive and sometimes witty prose. ("If you are confronted by a relativist who insists that all morality is relative, go ahead and punch him in the face.")
The chapter on evolution challenged my thinking on that topic.
I can't say that I understood everything in this book. Anselm's argument for the existence of God is a...more
Kevan
I worry this book might be more harmful than positive. But let's start with the stuff that was terrific:

1) A beautiful effort to re-unite Christian thinking with scientific thinking. There are not many contemporary Christians who enjoy endorsing science, but D'Souza welcomes science as a natural fit within the Christian worldview. It's a restoration that is needed. Very refreshing.

2) When his chapters dwell on history, they are very engaging: learning about Copernicus, Galileo, and even some ea...more
booklady
Sep 15, 2013 booklady rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to booklady by: The Lioness (a blogger)/Andrew Browne
Dinesh D’Souza’s What’s So Great About Christianity is the book I want to have inside my mind when I encounter a confirmed atheist. Of course I could never sort through my cluttered thoughts or dig out just the right argument when needed anyway, so it doesn’t matter ... I suppose. And arguments don't win souls anyway, for that we need the Love of God. However, it is still good to know what one's critics are saying.

So I loved this book, enjoying Mr. D’Souza’s skillful handling of many modern ath...more
Jeremy Hurren
Meh. I read this because I had recently read The God Delusion and wanted to see what this sort-of-rebuttal had to say. (I also D'Souza and Christopher Hitchens debate at a conference over the summer and wanted to hear what this book had to say.)

Ultimately, I thought that this book was just as uncompelling as was the Dawkins book. The arguments are mildly interesting to think about, but there seemed to be many points either forgotten or left out. In both books, I found myself wanting to present t...more
Tiffany
Didn't agree with every point, but it's a great comeback to Hitchens, Dawkins and the rest of the atheists who have published books in the past few years. What I liked most is that he takes the atheists' primary argument tool-- "reason" --and turns it right back on them to show the limits of their arguments, but without being arrogant or assuming. The overall message could be summed up as "Faith is not as unreasonable as some would have you believe; in fact, it's the more reasonable option."
Becky
I was very disappointed in this book. I was looking forward to some solid reasoning on the positive points of Christianity. What I read were mostly arguments trying to prove that atheists are wrong. In addition, many of his arguments were contradictory and he made many blanket statements without any basis of fact. The book should have been titled instead, "What's So Bad About Atheists."
Jon
The book could use one more revision for concision, but it really is a brilliant and substantive response to Dawkins and Hitchens. Hitchens himself said in one debate he had with D'Souza that D'Souza is one of the more formidable opponents he's ever faced. That's high praise, coming from Hitchens.

Several of the chapters are right on par with C.S. Lewis.
Hal Mahaffey
I have read several of the anti-religious books that have appeared in recent years and felt it would be interesting to give the other side a crack at it. Valerie had this book (she likes the author) from the library and I started reading it. I was honestly impressed, so I got it used from Amazon.

There are excellent chapters on why it's no slam dunk that there isn't a Creator. The Big Bang is hardly a substitute, as one is still left with the question: so what happened before the Big Bang? Eventu...more
Justin
Jul 11, 2008 Justin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
I just skimmed through this at the library, but I don't think I missed much because I've encountered every idea here in other books. The only argument I found somewhat convincing is the anthropic principle, which Stephen Hawking elucidated more adeptly in A Brief History of Time. However, while I believe it's possible (if not necessarily probable) that the laws of physics were created in order to sustain life, everything we know about evolution, astronomy, and science in general suggests that h...more
ShareStories
I am "reading" this book via CD (many CDs, as it turns out). It is a thorough refutation of atheist Richard Dawkins and his ilk.

A favorite point D'Souza makes so far is this: The very nature of "faith" *means* that we will doubt. If we *knew* with complete certainty, by all available empirical evidence that there was a God, then we would not *need* faith. In this, we share our doubt, our "not knowing" with agnostics.

"Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief." Mark 9:24

But, believers use faith t...more
Skylar Burris
This is one of the best modern Christian apologetics I have read, because it directly addresses the specific concerns of atheists and secularists by drawing evidence and reasoning from a variety of fields including science, history, literature, and philosophy. The tone is fairly moderate, and the book is well reasoned. For me, the chapters on the origin of modern science (which was made possible by and grew out of Christianity) were the most intriguing. I would have liked more detail in the argu...more
Mike Horne
Not as good as Tell Me Why or Mere Christianity. He talks about Kant and Hume, but I don't think he is giving a full explanation of their ideas. And a weird citation from Leo Strauss. If I was an atheist, I don't think I would find this convincing (as an argument for the God of Christianity). I found an informative (negative) review.

http://www.infidels.org/library/moder...
Mikki
This book had good arguments, but the tone of the author was completely lacking in humility, which made it difficult for me to read. I agree with his view against atheism, but did not appreciate his personal slanders and assigning of motives to people he speaks against.
Rusty
A fascinating read, with views on not only Christianity, but religion as a whole. A definite must-read for anyone who wants to rebut that athiest at the office.
John
The popularity of such “New Atheist” writers as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and the like has spawned a slew of apologetics books from intellectual Christian writers seeking to promote rational arguments that refute the torrents of criticisms and attacks currently being leveled against traditional Christianity. Some books do a really good job of this; unfortunately, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY? isn’t one of those.

The first problem is that the title d...more
Lee Harmon
I smiled at D’Sousa’s portrayal of liberal Christians (readers know me as one): “Instead of being the church’s missionaries to the world, they have become the world’s missionaries to the church. They devote their moral energies to trying to make the church more democratic, to assure equal rights for women, to legitimize homosexual marriage, and so on … Liberal Christians are distinguished by how much intellectual and moral ground they concede to the adversaries of Christianity.” Guilty as charge...more
Adam
While in a very few instances the rhetorical underpinnings of this book get a bit wobbly, on the whole it is an impressive synthesis of theological and philosophical arguments--drawing on the long history of Western thought--and presents a cogent, erudite-yet-readable, and relatively comprehensive description of the Christian “position” in the 21st century. I do not expect the book to convince militant atheists, and it will offend at least two types of Christians: those who cannot allow any disc...more
Joseph
I feel a little generous giving D'Souza 4 stars for this book. It was quite an interesting read and didn't drag, which I suppose is always a plus. He handles the so-called rational and scientific atheists superbly and demonstrates the clear fallibility of their arguments. Anyone who wishes to know why atheism is just as impoverished as much of contemporary Christianity ought to read this book. If anything, D'Souza convinces us not to fall for the atheists argument of scientific superiority, and...more
Becky Safarik
After hearing D'Souza speak in an IQ2 debate, where the premise was "Science Refutes God", I was looking forward to reading his book as his "pro-God" arguments in the debate were the most reasonable I'd heard from a Christian source. As a non-Christian, I have been mystified by the Christian faith and wanted to hear a reasonable discussion that would satisfy my scientific understanding of the world while explaining Christianity.

I appreciated his initial sentiments: "This is also a book for athei...more
Dave Johnson
it's actually quite funny to read reviews of this book. it's obvious that there are quite a few people giving this a bad review, not because of the content, but because of the subject, and mostly because they disagree with the subject before even reading.

critics aside, this book is really great. granted, i'm a Christian, so i agree with the topic already, but D'Souza does such a great job at answering the questions and accusations of militant atheism and darwinism so soundly that it often made...more
Donald
Excellent book. Well-written and thoughtful, this book makes the case for how important Christianity is to western civilization, going to the extent to say that it is the basis of western civilization, and warns that if society moves away from Christianity then it is in danger of collapsing. Not only that, but the book takes on the atheist points of view on a variety of subjects, including science and morality, to show that the atheist viewpoint offers little to explain reality, which is the opp...more
Mark Hennion
I picked up this book having finished D'souza's "God Forsaken." In the meantime I investigated the man, watching several of his debates with Bart Ehrman and informal discussions. As a huge fan of apologetics, I entered this book with high expectations for extremely original arguments against the swelling tide of atheists who have been publishing frequently of late.

From the start, I might be able so save the prospective reader a few days with this immediate digression: D'Souza may have considered...more
Dale
It was not only a joy to read but also well worth the effort

I read D'Souza's What's So Great about America last year and I enjoyed it. To use a food analogy, What's So Great About America is like a 4th of July dinner of hamburgers, chips and a soft drink - filling but also fun and easy to consume.

 What's So Great About Christianity is a much more complicated work. If it were a meal it would be like a 3 course porterhouse steak meal - more challenging to consume, more work to prepare and, in...more
Bear
Read Booklady's review... and add my endorsement. Up front, I have a Christian faith and belief. I am not into conflict with non-believers; The same can be said for Believers as well. Who I do have conflict with are those who try to tell me I'm wrong and then decide my fate for me, or those who would have me convert to their particular religious fervor du jour, or be killed. (you know what I'm saying here) As long as you are willing to listen to me (as I am to you) without judgment, then we can...more
E. Michael
According to D'Souza, atheists choose atheism because they are unrepentant sexual deviants who need to eliminate punishment for fornication and abortion. "The atheist seeks to get rid of moral judgement by getting rid of the judge"(272).

Religion requires adherence, undermines individuality, and promises a set of rules for the conscience. Atheism requires individuality, undermines indoctrination, and provides the perfect foundation for consideration of conscience. Which sounds more humanizing to...more
Scott Tsao
While most of the content in this book provides sound and in-depth refutation to the atheistic views of religion in general and Christianity in particular, I found a few jewels that are very helpful in my dialog with secular friends with regard to the role of religion in human history in general and U.S. history in particular.

For example, "separation of church and state" has long been an issue of contention among Americans. The author provides strong argument that traces its root to Christianity...more
JoséMaría BlancoWhite
"human minds have a built-in disposition toward illusion that reality must be exactly the way we experience it." There's more to music than just notes, so it must also be in the spiritual realm, but atheists are truly "dogmatic and arrogant". Reason is limited by our senses.

There are innumerable reasons why Christianity is the best, logical, and more reasonable choice for humans to make, more than I ever thought of. And Dinesh explains them all so cleverly, so completely, without leaving room fo...more
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A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, Dinesh D'Souza graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. He served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. D'Souza writes primarily about Christianity, patriotism and American politics. In 2014, he was convicted of violati...more
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