I have in the past enjoyed reading Wurmbrand for the inspiration of his life of service and enduring through persecution. I have now gotten to know Ri...moreI have in the past enjoyed reading Wurmbrand for the inspiration of his life of service and enduring through persecution. I have now gotten to know Richard Wurmbrand the intellectual. Fluent in nine languages and conversant with a vast body of classical literature, he speaks not as one who knows only what the Church has given him to believe, but has plumbed the depths of secular academia and found its offering wanting. This former atheist's faith was put to the test and survived not only 14 years of imprisonment and bodily torture, but also the attempts of his captors to brainwash him against it with their own atheistic mantras and literature.(less)
My rating of this book should be taken with a grain of salt. Admittedly, I have not read in its entirety the book that it responds to - The God Delusi...moreMy rating of this book should be taken with a grain of salt. Admittedly, I have not read in its entirety the book that it responds to - The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I have the book and intend to read it, but a radio interview of David Robertson on the UK Apologetics show "Unbelievable?" prompted a search for any of his available titles on kindle. This was the one result that came back so I purchased it and read it all in one night (only 160 pages or so).
While I cannot speak to how well it engages the material in his book, I can say that if The God Delusion reflects the demeanor and attitude and the "scholarship" typical of Dawkins' treatment of Christianity elsewhere, I'll find little to object to in Robertson's charged response. What some will view as emotional ranting, I see as an equal and opposite reaction to the modus operandi of the New Atheists. The only difference is that the emotional (at times) response by Robertson has one plus that is lacking in the New Atheists' message...solid arguments.
I think this book represents the philosophical spanking that the whiny Dawkins needed. It is high time he was called out for the pseudo-intellectualism he uses to denounce all things Christian all the while lacking any real intellectual rigor. Being mad at God betrays and contradicts your claim not to believe in him.
To be fair to Little Richard, I do plan to read his book as well, but I won't hold my breath waiting to be amazed as even his fellow atheists have little good to say about it. (less)
A five-star rating, for sure. Chesterton is a master of metaphor and analogy. While this was one of the strongest characteristics of its literary qual...moreA five-star rating, for sure. Chesterton is a master of metaphor and analogy. While this was one of the strongest characteristics of its literary quality, it might also be the one thing that made me rethink the five stars. His use of metaphor is genius, but perhaps a bit overdone. It is the thing that gives this book its charm and memorability so it remains, in my estimation, a book well-worth reading...and reading over again. I would even go as far as to place this book on my shelf next to C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity as a close second as a primer apologetic for the Christian faith. I can't believe it has taken me this long to read Chesterton, but I will be coming back for seconds, for sure. (less)