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Posted December 11, 2002
Conflict between title and content
I read this book as part of a Christian study group that has met for over 20 years. This book generated more negative response than any that we have studied. The title and credits entice readers. Rational people want to know why religion matters. The rich religious background of the author leads you to expect a professional, broad-based approach to the topic. In fact, the book from my viewpoint sadly misses the mark. It does not really address the issue of why religion matters. It is instead a diatribe against science (while claiming to be pro-science and anti-scientism). More importantly, it defends the role of religion while decrying how scientism, the law, higher education, and the media (the four walls of the ¿tunnel¿) are preventing religion from solving the crisis of the new millennium. The scary thing is how many people seem to be taken by the book. I do not believe that most who offer positive comments have read it. The writing style strings quotes together from a variety of books and authors to lend credibility to arguments. Taken one by one, the arguments do not hold water and the quotes frequently do not lend support. My guess is that the author does not expect the reader to spend enough time to read his references and uncover the flaws in logic. It find it insulting to include so many references to make a point that the author cannot on his own. The book concludes with an attempt to divide the universe of ideas into those that can be addressed by science and those that can be addressed only by religion. This notion is preposterous. Rather than striving to improve the religious message, or the way that the message is delivered, the author wants a monopoly on the theology market. Tell me again why so many rational people recommend this book?
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