Saturday, April 14, 2012
"A Shot of Faith" aims to help Christians who are stuck defending their faith against what Dr. Mitch Stokes calls "cranky atheists." The message within the book is deep in philosophy and rich in content. The author provides a truly logical argument to conclude that belief in God is rationally a default position. With this conclusion, he strives to help the Christian understand that the burden of proof is with the atheist. His logically presented arguments certainly lead to that fact. By detailing centuries of philosophy, Dr. Stokes wants you to think through your beliefs, not just except them. If you understand the basis of what you believe, you are able to stand more firmly upon the faith you profess. One of the most powerful arguments within the book was in regards to the "sensus divinitatis." This was a presentation I have not heard before . . . it was incredibly convincing. With extensive evidence, Dr. Stokes shows that atheism is a form of cognitive dysfunction.
I truly enjoyed the "For Your Arsenal" section at the end of each chapter. I needed help summarizing all of the powerful arguments and supporting evidence presented in each chapter. My only wish was that the entire book would have been written in the same down to earth style as the conclusion. The conclusion of the book was incredibly well written and easy to understand for the average reader. I fear that most readers will get lost in the mounds of philosophy that the author uses to support his arguments. I'm not confident that the reader will be able to walk away with a powerful argument for every day conversations with non-believers.
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Posted by Cherie Hill at 4:09 PM
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