Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book #47

What's So Great About Christianity? by Dinesh D'Souza. Unabridged audio.

I have been a fan of D'Souza for almost a decade now, enjoying his outsider's view (he was born in India) of the American education, economic and political systems. In this work, he considers the topic of Christianity.

The book takes the form of a refutation of the recent trend of atheist writers taking down traditional Christianity. He most often goes after the works of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, but other atheist writers are also regularly addressed. D'Souza is one of the first apologists to take these atheist objections to faith on their own terms, and argues from a place of reason as to the sensibility of Christ and the Christian faith.

D'Souza does not recount his conversion experience in detail, but does now consider himself an evangelical, after being raised a Catholic. His strong education and nimble mind are at work to their full here, as he addresses major objections to the faith. He talks about why Christianity explains the universe and origins better than atheism does, why Christianity and science are not irreconcilable. He also speaks to the historical sins of Christianity—the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Catholic Church's treathment of Galileo.

D'Souza takes a "middle ground" on Biblical analysis an interpretation -- neither liberal nor literal, but serious and sincere, which is where I tend to be, but can be hard to find among academic Christians. I found the book refreshing and enjoyable, and extremely well-written.

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