Letter to a Christian Nation: Counter Point: Counter Pointby Rc Metcalf
Is Christianity rational? Sam Harris, best-selling author of Letter to a Christian Nation offers a uniquely pointed perspective on Christian America. Mr. Harris views religion today, on the whole, as a highly negative component of American culture. R.C. Metcalf presents a compelling counter treatise challenging Mr. Harris' atheist worldview. Raised in an atheist home and trained in secular universities, Dr. Metcalf, now both scientist and Christian, speaks out in support of evangelical Christianity in America.
Does faith inhibit honest science?
Is Christianity a danger to society?
Are Christian morals irrational?
Does evil prove God doesn't exist?
Are humans good by nature?
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I don't know if Sam Harris has actually taken the time to read this, but obviously thousands of people - Christians and atheists alike - have. This book is very well-written and thought-provoking for the person who is willing to consider the facts, evidence, and philosophy behind atheist Sam Harris' writings. This book offers just a brief glimpse at the myriad inconsistencies and irrational conclusions presented by Harris. While there are scores of volumes that have been written on the subjects responded to in this book (such as the problem of evil, the basis of morality, etc.), this book provides a very helpful overview of such issues. Dr. Metcalf is unquestionably qualified to respond to the scientific claims of atheists like Dawkins and Harris, but his forthright, clearly articulated responses won't fly over the heads of those who don't have the scientific education that he himself has. This book is a must-read for anyone who has read Sam Harris' books, and remains enough of a "free thinker" to consider views which are contrary to those of Harris. I would also strongly recommend this book for any Christian who thinks that the "new atheists" have responded persuasively and/or cogently to the historic claims of Christianity.
After reading Sam Harris's book I was glad to see that someone wrote a cogent response. Dr. Metcalf's book 'Letter to a Christian Nation: Counter Point' really opened my eyes to the inaccuracies I sensed while reading Harris's book. As an example, Metcalf writes, 'Your [Harris's] statement that Christian conservatives 'want to preserve cervical cancer' misleads because it implies that a means for the complete eradication of cervical cancer actually exists.' The Gardasil vaccine, besides being prohibitively expensive, won't eradicate cervical cancer. Metcalf points out that Gardisil IS 100% effective, but only against 70% of the viruses that cause cervical cancer! Harris implies that the vaccine can eliminate cervical cancer altogether, which is completely fallacious and misinformed. Metcalf does a great job of isolating Harris's comments and exposing their deceptive implications. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read Harris's book.