Book Reviews Archive

The “Whole” Gospel Has a Few Holes of Its Own

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume33, number2(2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org. Is it possible to write a review that is at the same time sympathetic and critical? I hope so, because that is my goal with Richard Stearns’s The Hole in […]

Dawkin’s and Darwin’s Three-Ring Circus

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume33, number2(2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://journal.equip.org. Some years ago an anonymous well-wisher sent Richard Dawkins a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Evolution: The Greatest Show on Earth.” The T-shirt inspired Dawkins with the title for his latest […]

How It Used to Be

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number5 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The chair of the Religion Department at Boston University, Stephen Prothero, begins his shocking exposé of the religious ignorance of the American public with a poignant paradox, namely, that […]

Expelled: Required Viewing for All Students of Life

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number5 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The intersection between mainstream science and the intelligent design movement displays some of the nastiest forms of nonviolent persecution presently occurring. Had Phillip Johnson, William Dembski, Michael Behe, Guillermo […]

A Kinder, Fuzzier Atheism

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number5 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Recent literature advocating atheism has not been noted for cordiality. Works by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins offer pugnacious, if not particularly well-informed, critiques of religious belief. […]

Personal Apologetics

Sean McDowell has put together a useful and engaging book. Strictly speaking, it is not a work of apologetics but might be classified as a meta-apologetics book. That is to say, it is a series of reflections about apologetics or how to go about doing apologetics. The target audience is primarily Christian youth workers and […]

Finding Faith through Fiction

The mixing of philosophy or theology with fictional literature is certainly not a novel idea. British thinker C. S. Lewis used this technique with flair. While he showed his deep thinking with Mere Christianity, Lewis also penned The Chronicles of Narnia, the children’s series that introduced many to the story of Christ’s redemption. In a […]

Materialism, We Presume

Many people implicitly trust science because they believe its methods are neutral and objective. The Spiritual Brain argues, however, that science has been hijacked by a dogmatic presumption of materialism: materialism is not the inevitable conclusion of scientific evidence, but an assumption made before investigation even begins. The book focuses on the impact of materialistic […]

Mendacity and Whitewash

Angels and Demons, Ron Howard’s recent movie based on Dan Brown’s novels, is another Christophobic, slanderous attack on faith and reason. The movie, which features an anti-religious zealot posing as a pseudo-intellectual professor, attacks those who have strong faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the biblical accounts of God’s interaction with His creation. For example, […]

The Hidden Agenda of the Blue Parakeet

If you are looking for a book that will help you get more out of your Bible reading, Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, despite its subtitle, is not what you are looking for. It is not that McKnight does not talk a lot about how we read Scripture, he […]

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