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Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Book Review

God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence For a Divinely Created Universe

Crime Scenes

If this book is about a “crime scene,” I have two additional charges to file.

One is against myself. J. Warner Wallace sent this book to me months ago, and I haven’t been able to read and review it until now. I’m criminally late.

One is against the author. He’s criminally competent. I like to think of myself as a fairly capable thinker and writer, …


George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Book Review

Some time ago I reviewed the book So Many Christians, So Few Lions,, sociologist George Yancey’s academic report on anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Having had some social science training I found it fascinating. Since then Dr. Yancey has released a follow-up for the rest of us: Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias.

Plenty of books have been written about increasing anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Most are based in anecdotal information, lending themselves to guffaws …


Faith vs. Fact? No, Jerry Coyne’s Theology vs. Whatever

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Book Review

With all its sloppiness, error, and bias, it’s hard to know where to start in on evaluating Dr. Jerry Coyne’s latest book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Throughout the book I highlighted sentences and paragraphs where his facts were dubious or his reasoning questionable. My impression (I didn’t count) is that I averaged one of these “highlights” per page.

Maybe I’m off by a factor of two, and there was just one every other page. That’s still …


Grand Theft Worldview: “Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God To Make Their Case” by Frank Turek

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Book Review

Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God To Make Their Case by Frank Turek

One thing you have to say for Frank Turek: he knows how to put a provocative title on a book. He did it with I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist. He’s done it again with Stealing from God.

Other than a catchy title, though, does he have a point? Consider this:

Richard Dawkins calls God “evil,” but tells us evil doesn’t exist. (He’s half …


Book Review: How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test for Faith, by David Marshall

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Book Review

How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story by David Marshall.

(Full disclosure: David Marshall is a friend and a contributor to True Reason, in which he wrote an early, brief form of part of the argument in How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test. This review is based on a draft David sent me before final editing, so I will not be quoting much from it.)

In the earliest days of the church there was a skeptic named Celsus whose …


The Dogmatically Self-Assured Reza Aslan

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Book Review

I’ve been doing some work recently on the theory that Jesus Christ was a legendary figure, so I thought I should read Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Plenty of other people have been reading it. It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and has been named one of the year’s best books by Good Housekeeping, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Bookish, according to its Amazon web page.

I’ll say this much for it: it’s a well-crafted tale. …


David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

It’s hard to ignore when a top evangelical ethicist urges believers to change our minds about homosexual relationships. David P. Gushee, who co-wrote the widely used textbook Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (IVP Academic, 2003), has just released Changing Our Mind: A call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.

It is the most thoughtful work I have seen so far in favor of gay and lesbian relationships. Gushee’s skill as a …

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Twice Disappointed

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Book Reviews

The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth by Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr.

Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics by Mark Coppenger.

These books have but one thing in common: I had high hopes for them but I was disappointed, and I have better books to suggest instead.

The Divine Conspiracy Continued

I was sent a review copy of The Divine Conspiracy Continued, but I probably would have bought it otherwise on …

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Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach (Book Review)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Book Review

For some time now I’ve been recommending Girgis, George, and Anderson’s What Is Marriage as the best available explanation for why marriage is for a man and a woman. It’s still on my list, but from this point on, for Christian readers in particular, I have another recommendation to make ahead of that one: Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet’s excellent new book Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage. I shy away from saying this in my reviews, …


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