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The Divine Challenge: On Matter, Mind, Math & Meaning

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Revealing the failure of Naturalist and Post-Modernist philosophies to explain life as we experience it, Christian mathematician John Byl shows that only a Christian worldview, based on the Bible, can supply us with the necessary foundation for logic, mathematics, science and morality, while giving life coherence, meaning, purpose and hope. Since the beginning of time man ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Banner of Truth
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Abigail Hartman
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
"This book is about the war between God and fallen man."

If you were to put "The Divine Challenge" in a particular genre, it would probably be classed as apologetics. The author (a professor of mathematics who earned his Ph.D. in astronomy, which makes his book doubly interesting) presents himself with, pun intended, a challenging task: to show the basic presuppositions of the major worldviews of the day, especially naturalism, and how they fail to answer many of the basic questions of life.
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Paul Gosselin
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, science
The first half of this book provides a very thorough dissection of the materialistic worldview. While Enlightenment devotees often condescendingly claim that Christianity is anti-intellectual, anti-rational, etc., yet by the end of this section one grasps that the shoe is on the other foot... The second half of this book examines the presuppositions of the Christian worldview and at one point Byl seems (to me) bogged down in a discussion of God's sovereignty/free-will. I agree with the fact of ...more
Paul
Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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Okay book by a scientific anti-realist who leans toward the Van Tillian side of the presuppositionalist fence. The book was decent, but nothing to write home about. There are too many gross mischaracterizations, and attacks against antiquated worldviews, for the reader to get much use from it in the contemporary scene. Attacks against generalizations are fine, but once a position he attacks gets more specified, many of Byl's arguments are easily avoided. This is not to say anything against Byl. ...more
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Dr. John Byl, B.Sc., Ph.D., took an interest in the work of Reformation Christian Ministries many years ago through introductions made from within the Canadian Reformed Churches of which he is a member. His interest peaked when we began the Reformation International College (RIC) and he has assisted us from its beginning with advise and counsel regarding subjects related to his sphere of ...more