Because I Think, I Believe

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In a world where everyone claims their own personal philosophy about life and truth, what's yours? Do you really have one? Do you know whether it stands up to the scrutiny of reason? Proceed with caution. This book could change your view of life and your perception of the world around you.

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Because I Think, I Believe: A Personal Christian Manifesto; Second Edition

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Overview

In a world where everyone claims their own personal philosophy about life and truth, what's yours? Do you really have one? Do you know whether it stands up to the scrutiny of reason? Proceed with caution. This book could change your view of life and your perception of the world around you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620243237
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Impact of Evolution 3

A logical Belief System 7

The Testimony of an Ordinary Person 9

Chapter 1 What Do We Really Know about Anything? 13

Fundamental Truth-The Elephant in the Room 13

The Problem of Finding Truth 16

Science as the Source of All Truth 19

Post-Modern Ideas 21

All Knowledge Is Based on Faith in our Assumptions 23

We All Have Faith in a Non-Physical Realty 30

The Human Need for Meaning 32

Right and Wrong Good and Bad 33

Can Anything Be known Unquestionably? 35

Chapter 2 Who Are We and Why Are He Here? 37

Specified Complexity 38

The Real "You" 39

The Internal Moral Yardstick 41

The Basic Attributes of God 46

For Your Information 48

Mankind's Persistent Arrogance 51

The Blessing, and Curse, of Curiosity 52

The Purpose of Our Existence 54

Chapter 3 What Is Christianity Anyway? 57

Religion versus Christianity 57

The Importance of Transcendent Truth 59

Christianity versus Secular Humanism 63

Attacks That Miss the Mark 65

Finding the Right Path to Truth 66

The Role of Faith 67

The Spiritual Realm 72

The Freedom to Choose 72

Chapter 4 Who Is God, and Why Do So Many Disagree about Him? 75

The Only Accurate History of the Ancient World 77

The Effect of the Great Flood 79

The Scattering of Mankind Over the Earth 81

The Apparent Primitiveness of Early Man 82

The Origin of Conflicting Religions 84

It Could Have Been Different 86

A Modern Resurgence of a Universal Need 88

The Nature of the Christian God 90

Chapter 5 Why Can the Christian Bible Be Trusted over Other Religious Writings? 93

The Bible's Secular Reputation 95

An Amazing Book 96

The Verification of Science and History 99

The Verification of Prophecy 102

What about Other Religious Texts? 106

The Apocrypha 107

The Implications of the Bible's Teachings 110

Chapter 6 Why Does God Seems So Angry and Sometimes Even Cruel? 113

The Wrath of God 114

Who We're Dealing with 115

Judging God 117

Not So Bad After All 118

The Creator Owns His Creation 120

There Is Always a Reason 122

God's Unmerited Mercy 124

Is God Apathetic? 125

Who Is Responsible for Evil in the World? 129

The Reason We Are Separated from God 130

Why Such an Awful Place as Hell? 133

The Means of Reconciliation 135

Chapter 7 If God Is Real, Why Is Jesus the Only Way to Him? 139

The Claims of Christ 140

The Atheist Mindset 142

Christ's Fulfillment of Prophecy 143

The Historical Validity of the Resurrection 145

The "Swoon Theory" 147

The Conspiracy Theory 149

Other Weak and Wishful Explanations 153

The Critical Importance of the Resurrection 155

Chapter 8 What Makes Christians So Sure They Have It Right? 161

The Power, and the Importance, of Apologetics 162

The Final Piece of the Truth Puzzle 164

Chapter 9 What about This, and What about That? 171

A Few Sticking Points 173

The Authority of Scripture 174

The Exclusivity of the Christian Claim to Truth 175

Historical Science and the Bible 176

The "D" Word 181

The Absolute Criticality of Accepting the Plain Meaning of Genesis 182

On the Other Hand 187

Does Attacking Christians Really Discredit Christianity? 189

A Restriction of Freedom? 194

Appendix 199

Suggested Reading 205

Acknowledgment 209

About the Author 211

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    For thinkers and believers.

    It becomes obvious within the early pages of this manifesto, that this is a well-written, intelligent collection of thoughts. Further apparent is the fact that the author has considered each and every point from multiple angles. Though he is resolute within his principles, he maintains a broad enough 'school of thought' that, I felt, he was not making snap decisions. I could not help but think as I read this that Donald would make the most thorough investigator blush, as he seemed not to leave a single stone unturned in his justifications of belief.

    I never had the feeling that, as the reader, I was being converted. That is, I felt more like a student in a lecture being given the data and insight of reason and understanding. Yes, it was almost a philosophical read, but, one that stayed more grounded and concise than philosophy. At times I might have hoped for more blatant passion in the words, but, at the same time I understand how the writing might have appeared less subjective had that occurred.

    I've not read many collections like 'Because I Think, I Believe' in the past five or ten years. I would, however, encourage others to read the words. On a closing note, this book was beautifully formatted. Mixed with the delivery of the author and it's clear that this was a genuine labor of love for Donald Wilson and it pays off!

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Challenging, Thoughtful, and Insightful

    Because I Think, I Believe, by Donald R. Wilson, is an enjoyable and engaging read for anyone interested in taking a philosophical deep-dive into the core principles of Christianity.

    Challenging both skeptics and unbelievers, as well as those who have already made a commitment of faith, Mr. Wilson explores many aspects and perspectives of not just the Christian belief system, but of the pursuit of God in general by the human race and why so many religions have spawned from this innate desire.

    Without sarcasm or insults, Donald even-handedly explores the science that challenges the roots of Christianity. This is good timing, because never before has the voice of atheism (and religious beliefs that oppose Christianity) been louder. And yet, what are those voices based on? Read Because I Think, I Believe, and see the myriad of evidence that not only contests the "pre-molecular bedlam" theory of the origin of life and evolution, but fully supports the Biblical account of creation.

    Mr. Wilson touches on many scientific ideas that have become recently popular as science digs deeper. For example, his introduction to the code of DNA and the resulting information it produces (information theory), and how there is not a chance that any of this could have a come from, well, chance, will leave you wanting to find out more. I personally have delved quite a bit into that subject and can tell you that the way Mr. Wilson describes things will leave you hungry for more. He also throws in some great little items I did not know about, for example, the "left-handed" amino acids in life-wonderful stuff that makes any intelligent person think.

    Read on for great discussions of the historical accuracy of the Bible, and how the prophesies of Christ (written over centuries by different authors in different places with no connection to each other) were fulfilled. This book also deep-dives into what it really means to be reconciled with Christ, and answers some of the hot questions of all time like, Why does God allow suffering? And, How can a loving God create a place called Hell?

    Mr. Wilson makes no pretenses about being some all-knowing scientist or world-renowned apologist. He simply writes this from both his heart and his well thought-out deliberations. He sums things up with a transparent and personal testimony of how he came to find God after looking at life in every way through his own weak and limited eyes and discovering the omniscient and omnipotent God who creating him uniquely for a purpose.

    Read this book, friends, and get ready to really think about why you believe what you do (or why you don't).

    Kelly Libatique, author of Divine Knowledge Transfer

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

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    Tackles important and unusual topics for religion

    Donald R. Wilson's personal Christian manifesto, Because I Think, I Believe guides
    readers along a vital spiritual journey, exploring who God is, how we can be certain of his existence, the validity of accepting the Bible as the truth, and why Jesus Christ should be accepted as God in human form. This work is particularly resonant for ambivalent believers who question their faith, as it addresses many of the common objections to Christianity.

    Wilson directly addresses science and disbelief, tackling it head-on and applying logic and reason with chapters such as: "Who is God, and Why Do So Many Disagree about Him?" Wilson bases all of his assertions on real-world findings and science, calling his the "testimony of a an ordinary person." Using a system of questions and references to popular culture to which a real-world audience can easily relate, the author tackles themes ranging from Darwinism to the meaning of life. His writing is startlingly in-tune with his audience, as reflected by the questions and needs of real-world people.

    To be sure, the book's relevance is universal, assuming that many people find that they want to believe, despite having been exposed to and influenced by atheistic dogma that encourages doubt. He skillfully reverses those teachings that initially caused readers to question their faith, by inviting readers to question atheism. Wilson's direct approach to atheism and science tackles important and unusual topics for religion from "Post-Modern Ideas" and "Science as the Source of All Truth" to "All Knowledge is Based on Faith in our Assumptions."

    All those seeking to validate their faith or put to rest any questions that logic and rationality pose to religion will find Wilson's style refreshing and helpful. Because I Think, I Believe employs powerful observations to dispel any questions regarding the validity of Christianity, while its logic and reason leave readers certain that properly understood, Christianity is the only rational world-view. This is definitely a must read for all who are interested in religion, faith, and truth.

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