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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What's So Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza

It was not only a joy to read but also well worth the effort

I read D'Souza's What's So Great about America last year and I enjoyed it. To use a food analogy, What's So Great About America is like a 4th of July dinner of hamburgers, chips and a soft drink - filling but also fun and easy to consume.

What's So Great About Christianity is a much more complicated work. If it were a meal it would be like a 3 course porterhouse steak meal - more challenging to consume, more work to prepare and, in the end, more filling. But there's a lot more chewing. This is a work that requires a lot more thought and more time to read and properly understand.

D'Souza systematically delves into all aspects of Christianity - from the areas of the world to where it is growing today to science to miracles to the "problem" of evil to the charges that more have been killed in the name of Christianity (and other religions) than any other cause. He takes on none of these topics lightly. This is not intended to be an evangelistic tract but rather an educational work for Christians. Too many Christians have no idea about the depth of scholarship and the richness of the intellectual traditions of Christianity.

Dinesh D'Souza

I read this book as an individual but I would recommend this book for an advanced Bible study. D'Souza has written a study guide (What's So Great about Christianity Study Guide: Your Guide to Answering the New Atheists) that I have flipped through after reading the book. It would be a great companion to this book and would surely generate and focus discussion. It would probably be helpful to anyone reading on an individual basis as well.

I can't say that I agree with every thought D'Souza has on Christianity but I can say that this is a thoughtful, well-argued book and it was not only a joy to read but also well worth the effort.

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

Reviewed on January 30, 2010.

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