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Posted April 29, 2011
A great justification for faith in God
I was afraid this book was going to be an attempt to prove the existance of God, which would likely be a waste of effort. As a Christian, I know that Genesis defines God as the Creator. Trying to prove His existance would be like trying to prove an axiom in Euclidian geometry. Axioms are accepted on faith, and they turn out to be of great value. The main theme of this book is that faith in God has great value in our world.
This book indicates that certain academic fields can, at times, be stubbornly and dogmatically atheistic. Philosophy and psychology are two examples which surprise me. The idea that we could understand an ultimate reality or find a higher morality or even a path to improved behavior through pure reason seems extremely arrogant and unrealistic to me. Yet, that seems to be what many famous psychologists, philosophers, and cosmologists have attempted to do. In that regard Glynn makes the philosophers appear to be the most extreme and possibly the most dangerous. He probably knows what he is talking about, since philosophy was his undergraduate and graduate field of study.
The book was written in 1997 and Glynn thought faith was making a comeback in our culture partly due to recent scientific developments. It would be interesting see a comparison of polls on faith then versus now (2011). Sadly, I think Church attendance and membership has declined. Judging from columns that academics write in our local newspaper, I would say the comeback of faith fizzled, at least in academia. One important question the book barely considered is why would academics tend to be dogmatically and emphatically atheistic? What do they gain by promoting atheism?
It would be strange if faith has declined, since the trend in science has been to shed ever more light on the limits of our ability to understand creation or reality. For me, the miracles listed in the first chapter of Genesis only appear more miraculous as science advances and as my own understanding of science advances.
I totally disagree with the reviewer who thinks Glynn does not believe in the power of reason. However, Glynn obviously understands that there are limits to human reasoning.
Anyone who questions why faith in God is important or why the Bible is important, or who wants to be better prepared to pursuade others, could benefit from reading this book.
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Posted March 12, 2008
This was the book that first pointed me to the truth
This book's outstanding discussion of the anthropic principle convinced me that there is indeed an Intelligent Designer behind our universe. If you¿re not convinced, this might be a good place to begin. Author Glynn holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and is Associate Director of the George Washington University Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, so not even a super-intellectual has to feel embarrassed to be seen with his book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2003
Strong arguments, well written and easy to digest concepts
This book was recommended to me by a friend I met who actually went from being an atheist to a believer in God, after reading this book. Intrigued, I went out and bought it and I couldn¿t put it down! Although already a believer, I really enjoyed its practical grounding and skeptical approach. It gave me a lot of scientific, psychological, and physiological fodder for defending the existence of God to others, and to myself. There was also discussion of various life-after-death experiences from a wide range of people all over the world, totally unconnected, and the conclusions that must be drawn from such things. The book was refreshing to read in that it gave me further statistical evidence of the power of religion to reform and empower individuals in life. I recommend this book to many. I have heard some scientists on TV rebuking some of the scientific claims of the author about the difficulty in finding another explanation for the order and consistency found in the Universe, but over all the book gives such conclusive and logical arguments that any weaknesses in one aspect cannot be weighted against the sheer dominance of the conclusions of the author. Also, there was interesting discussion of the powers of ALL religions, not just one sect or church, to improve lives, and to experience life-after-death reunions and joyful heaven-like realities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2000
Faith for the Thinking Person
Patrick Glynn has done was so many others have found it so difficult to do for so long. He has explained the relationship between faith and reason in terms that don't require the reader to suspend scientific and rational observation. Like so many people, Glynn abandoned a faith presented in a simplistic and often contradictory manner. Fortunately, his experience didn't stop with his agnotiscism. Through personal observation and research he has also done what so many others failed to do. He replaced the shallowness of religious avoidance and abandonment with a deep faith which does not require a thinking person to forget everything that they have learned through scientific study and observation. This book is a reach beyond the overly simplistic, and often nonsensical presentation of God by the leaders of many 'organized' religious leaders. This book is a powerful presentation of our desire to gain a thoughtful understand our reason for existence. It is also an introduction to the most powerful understanding that we can ever gain. Read it and send it to a friend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.