Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD, is Vatican Analyst for CBS News and a professor of theology at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. He has also worked extensively for NBC News and Britain's Sky News, covering church and ethical issues, including the final illness and death of Pope John Paul II, the 2005 papal conclave, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Father Williams also regularly appeared in the MSNBC series The Ethical Edge and is author of several books and dozens of articles, both scholarly and popular.
Greater Than You Think: A Theologian Answers the Atheists About Godby Thomas D. Williams
The recent runaway bestsellers God Is Not Great and The God Delusion have left Christians feeling defensive but not necessarily equipped to refute the accusations of nonbelievers. The bestsellers have also provoked those who are the fence about whether God exists, and if so, whether He's good. In his trademark elegant prose, Father Williams provides/b>/b>… See more details below
The recent runaway bestsellers God Is Not Great and The God Delusion have left Christians feeling defensive but not necessarily equipped to refute the accusations of nonbelievers. The bestsellers have also provoked those who are the fence about whether God exists, and if so, whether He's good. In his trademark elegant prose, Father Williams provides accessible but intellectually rich answers for both groups. Questions include "Isn't religion just another name for superstition (or magic or myth)?" "If God is all-good and all-powerful, how can evil exist in the world?" and "Hasn't science disproved God's existence?" For believers and those searching for something to believe in, Father Williams offers an easy-to-use resource for building up one's own faith and igniting others'.
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I enjoyed 'Greater Than You Think'. I really did. I found it a better book than the other rebuttal type book I purchased at the same time - Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God. The author, Thomas D. Williams is simply a better writer than the other authors are.
With that said, I offer the opinion that the Atheist Hitchens was too much of the focus. It is obvious that Atheist Hitchens hates God, which distracts from his arguments especially considering he hates something he claims does not exist. In the same manner, I was distracted in my reading by the author's continual reference and scathing comments to Atheist Hitchens. The reader would have been better served without a personal agenda. At least the author got it off his chest.
In addition, I would submit that the book is too broad in scope. That is, too many chapters/topics with too little said about each one. It would have been better for me to have just a few major topics and then to really dig deep and provide us the answers we deserve. The topics presented are very important and very complex. A two or three page cursory address is neither sufficient nor compelling.
Nevertheless, I believe the author did a commendable job overall and will be recommending this book to my friends.
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