I had numerous problems with the book, but two in particular made it impossible to finish. First, and less important, was that the characters were stuI had numerous problems with the book, but two in particular made it impossible to finish. First, and less important, was that the characters were stupid. Once they determined that it was a zombie outbreak, they didn't treat the zombies like zombies. They tried to reason and plead with them, even after knowing what was going on. When they saw someone who was acting odd and had blood all over them, they didn't think, "Oh, look, a zombie." They were confused about it. How did that make you feeeeeel? You already said it was a zombie outbreak. Come on!
My second issue was a moral one. I only made it 40% through the book before I had to quit reading. As a Christian, I understand that in a fallen world, people sin. And I can get past the gay relationships in the book as long as they're not graphic because it's part of our fallen culture. Sinners gonna sin (and we're all sinners).
But once Remy shot her little sister because she was crying and there were zombies outside the closet door, I had to quit reading. It was too much. You don't shoot people except in self defense. And I know it was supposedly to save her from death by zombie, but you just don't kill your little sister....more
TBH, I bought the book because Voddie Baucham wrote one of the articles. His article made the book worth reading. I thought the rest was icing on the TBH, I bought the book because Voddie Baucham wrote one of the articles. His article made the book worth reading. I thought the rest was icing on the cake, but it was all useful, informative, and kept my attention. I would recommend this boom to any pastor or lay person struggling to understand these new philosophies, which are really the upcoming new religion in America and the west.
Tom Aschol's introduction was a little dry, but then it launched into Voddie's fair treatment of the topic and redeemed it. Can't wait for his new book in April. Jared Longshore's treatment of "the Religious Root of our Sexual Perversion" was spot on. Plus, he made fun of the movie "Frozen". Tom Ascol's chapter on so-called " white privilege" redeems his subpar introduction. He cited the authoritative works on these new philosophies and showed from their own definitions how they're incompatible with Christianity.
I loved this book. I grew up in a Christian home, so Mary Jo's journey is quite a bit different from mine, but as a junior high student, I had to comeI loved this book. I grew up in a Christian home, so Mary Jo's journey is quite a bit different from mine, but as a junior high student, I had to come to grips with the seeming contradiction between science and Christianity. We both searched for answers and came to the conclusion that Christianity is the best fit for the things we see in the universe. For me, it was the cumulative case for all the available evidence that swayed me during my crisis of faith. The cosmological argument, the fine tuning argument, and many other arguments helped solidify my convictions.
The book has some great features for newbies in the apologetical world. There are definitions for some jargony words littered throughout and questions at the end of the chapters for either discussion groups or even individual introspection. You could use it either way.
I think everybody is going to have a crisis of faith at some point, no matter what they believe in. This is a great testament to that and it points to a way forward.
I would recommend it to anyone.
I was not paid for my review. I bought the book myself. I have a few Amazon copies if you want one. PM me and I'll send them out until I run out....more
I thought this would be more about pedagogy or teaching tools. It's more of a synopsis of apologetics in a lesson pGood, but not what I thought it was
I thought this would be more about pedagogy or teaching tools. It's more of a synopsis of apologetics in a lesson plan format. The logical progression of one lesson to the next, from "yes, there is a God," to "God is knowable," to the God of the Bible, to Jesus Christ is good.
But a studied apologist isn't going to get much from the book.
It's a good book, but it wasn't written for me.
Having said that, I do think I would consult it while prepping for an apologetics class for a church youth or adult class, just so I don't forget or leave something out.
It's like in Calculus: you need to show your work, but sometimes you skip some steps by doing it in your head. The grader or others reading your work need to be able to trace your steps and reproduce them or follow your reasoning. It's the same here. It would help me not skip a step I would naturally do in my head....more