The book store shelves are filled with titles and authors we know little about. Adding to the confusion is the disappearance of familiar and trusted authors as well as the obvious change in the trustworthiness of publishers to offer orthodox material. Usually we have to choose a book by its title and take a chance on its contents. That was the case with this book by David Marshall. The subject announced by the title is of interest to me but I’ve never read Marshall. Typically, I found a mixed bag of agreement and disagreement. The book is basically an answer to Richard Dawkins, the most notable atheist of our time, as well as to Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. The first part of the book deals with origins and Marshall turns out to be a theistic evolutionist as opposed to Dawkins’ atheistic evolutionist. I had to push myself to finish the other 2/3 of the book. Things got better as Marshall began to answer the atheists who accuse Christianity of being a hateful religion and of being an “American Taliban.” Marshall has a lot of good historical material on how much Christianity has helped any country where it has gone. Unfortunately, Marshall makes no delineation between Catholic, Orthodox, or Evangelical, although he occasionally (predictably?) uses Fundamentalism in the usual caricatures. Still, underneath is a growing problem of aggressively marginalizing Christianity in this country as well as England. Marshall does set the historical record straight in helpful ways.
John Adams on False AccusersSeptember 17, 2018
“We find in the rules laid down by the greatest English judges, who have been the brightest of mankind: We are to look upon it as more beneficial that many guilty persons should escape unpunished than one innocent should suffer. The reason is, because it is of more importance to the community that innocence should […]
Thankful? Yes!November 1, 2017
It is a strange time in which to be living—in these last days. The Christian has known that such a time would come, but talking about it or predicting it and living it are different things. I know the coming of the Lord may be years away (or it may be momentary) but the Scripture […]
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]