A Shot Of Faith To The Head

July 27, 2012

this book, A Shot Of Faith To The Head: Be A Confident Believer In An Age Of Cranky Atheists, is wonderful. it was written by Mitch Stokes. Stokes is a smart guy; he’s a philosopher, an engineer, a writer.

books by famed atheists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harries, and the late Christopher Hitchens have been best-sellers in the past decade. they’ve represented a new trend in atheism, or anti-theism, where they not only do not believe there is a God, they believe religion and believing in God is bad, harmful, and even dangerous.

Stokes’ book is a wonderful counterpoint to the arguments made by the atheist/anti-theist crowd. he’s an excellent writer/story-teller. the book is deep, and at the same time understandable and practical. he addresses the issues with both the mind of a philospher and a scientist; an important combination in the debate.

the three main sections of the book address specific concerns in the theist/atheist/anti-theist conversation.

Part One: “Belief in God is Irrational”

Part Two: “Science has Shown There’s No God.”

Part Three: “Evil and Suffeirng Show There’s No God.”

there’s also an intermission after Part One, “The Art of Self-Defense.”

A Shot Of Faith To The Head is a must-read in today’s world. it’s excellent material to know and think about.

the downside, however, is this kind of apologetics and debate sometimes doesn’t work with postmoderns and younger people exploring religions and searching for God. always start with a relationship and being real. don’t hit people over the head with this book. break this out when people are ready.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*

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God On The Streets Of Gotham

July 14, 2012

just in time for the theatrical release of Christopher Nolan’s final film (say it ain’t so) in his Batman series The Dark Knight Rises, comes a book from Paul Asay that looks at the world of Batman, with particular attention given to Nolan’s interpretation, with a Biblical and theological lens.

God On The Streets Of Gotham: What The Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us About God And Ourselves is great reading for all and required reading for fans of Nolan’s Batman films.

Asay is associate editor of Plugged In, a ministry that explores pop culture and it’s implications for the Christian journey.

Asay engages Batman stories, past and present, and Biblical texts in an appropritate manner. he does not make the case that Batman is divine or his stories are Scripture. he does, however, draw parrallels between Batman, the Bible, and life.

read God On The Streets Of Gotham and watch Nolan’s films. you’ll look at the stories and reflect upon justice, mercy, grace, good vs. evil, and duty in a new way.

*NOTE: Tyndale Publishing gave me a free copy of God On The Streets Of Gotham for a review posting on my blog. For more information check out the Tyndale Blog Network.


The Hunter

July 4, 2012