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What's So Great About Christianity | [Dinesh D'Souza]

What's So Great About Christianity

Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? In his new book, best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great about America) investigates both Christianity and atheism and their influences on culture to show why there is, indeed, something great about Christianity.
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Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? In his new book, best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great about America) investigates both Christianity and atheism and their influences on culture to show why there is, indeed, something great about Christianity.

Challenging the assumptions of both believers and doubters, D'Souza demonstrates: how Christianity created the framework for modern science and is compatible with the theory of evolution; how Christianity explains consciousness and free will, which atheists have to deny; and why, against all expectations, Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in the world, while secularism and atheism are on the decline. He argues that, ultimately, you can't have Western civilization without the Christianity that gave it birth.

©2007 Dinesh D'Souza; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Jim Stockton, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Jim Stockton, CA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Well done!"
    Where does What's So Great About Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    D'Souza is well read, on point, truth oriented and well written. I was built up by the way he fashions his arguments and states his points. Do not hesitate to jump into this book!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    FNell Cape Town, South Africa 01-06-08
    FNell Cape Town, South Africa 01-06-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "A truly great book"

    This is a great book ... well written, well argumented, up to date with the latest developments, and the narration is first class ... a real joy to listen to. This book covers a comprehensive spectrum and tackles root issues head-on. The author takes aim at the latest anti-Christian best sellers and hits the mark every time. The arguments are easy to follow, understand, and remember. The author's take on Emmanuael Kant's theory of perception was a breakthrough for me. For me this is the best book in this field that I've had the priviledge to read/listen to (and I've read many).

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Subrosa7 Seattle, WA USA 01-03-08
    Subrosa7 Seattle, WA USA 01-03-08 Listener Since 2002

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    "D'Souza delivers a haymaker"

    This is a great book to understand the current arguments being launched by atheist. One of the topics that I especially appreciated was D'Souza explaining the true story of Galileo, the "Martyr" of Science. This is much more complicate political situation than was ever historically portrayed to me. It was always a black and white story of suppression of scientific thought by religion. Before I was a Christian, I used the old Galileo story to marginalize faith to my Christian friends. "It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before." - Anonymous

    I whole-heartedly believe D'Souza the systematically elimination of religion from schools and public life has not made society better, but worse.

    This was an excellent book and I highly recommend it

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Rither Richland, WA USA 11-27-07
    Alan Rither Richland, WA USA 11-27-07 Member Since 2003
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    "There was a lot to like in this book"

    There was a lot to like in this book, but unfortunately it didn't quite come together to rate a five. The author was very thorough in his arguments, but that resulted in what seemed like going over the points that he had already "proven" (to his own satisfaction) several times. There are better books available on Audible if you are looking for apologetics such as Francis Collins' book on the Language of God, but the author does a credible job trying to cover a broad array of arguments.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-09
    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow! What A Great Book!"

    I wasn't so sure what I was getting into when I first began reading this book but it turned out to be a fantastic read. I love the way it flowed from giving Christian believers some bullet points that would harm them against the rest of the nonbelieving world. But, then the book began giving us some great historical overviews that really helped understand and frame the arguments, all without making it a big us against them debate.

    I don't tend to read and reread books too often (or in this case listen and re-listen) but this is a book that I just might do that with!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Furlan Seattle, WA United States 02-22-11
    Joseph Furlan Seattle, WA United States 02-22-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Solid Apologetics For the Modern Mind"

    I loved this book. I have some Atheist friends and it's good to have some of their arguments examined by a scholar like D'Souza. He takes them seriously and argues honestly which is what I try to do. I only wish I could get them to take my questions and points with the same amount of openness and respect. If you're a believer, this book will bolster your faith. If you're agnostic, this book will challenge you and help you understand where us Christians are coming from. If you're an atheist or an angry atheist you'd be hard pressed to find a more cogent commentary on the whole faith/science debate from a Christian perspective. It may be worth at least understanding that as you continue your conversations with believing friends or frienemies.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marlen Oregon, WI, USA 11-14-07
    Marlen Oregon, WI, USA 11-14-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic"

    The best modern overview of the Christian belief system, as contrasted with unbelief, that I have encountered.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    J Albany, CA, USA 01-31-09
    J Albany, CA, USA 01-31-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Author hurts his own cause"

    As a believer and a scientist, I was deeply disappointed with this book. I can only comment on the first portion of it, since I could only take so much of his erroneous 'reasoning' before putting it down for good partway through.

    In my opinion: the author either has a very poor grasp of modern evolutionary theory, or is intentionally misrepresenting it to make it easier to make his argument against it. Because he fails to grasp his 'opponents' arguments, his own defense is flawed and weak and will do little to assist anyone interested in debating a real scientist.

    Perhaps it got better at the end, but this type of shoddy workmanship is not what makes Christianity Great. Fortunately, Christianity is great despite its many flawed adherents - because it relies on the ultimate truth of God.

    22 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer NC, USA 05-18-14
    Kindle Customer NC, USA 05-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Provides a solid foundation for my gut feelings"
    Would you listen to What's So Great About Christianity again? Why?

    Yes, I plan on listening to this book again and again. It provides the solid foundation that I needed to explain to others why I believe instead of just what I believe.


    What other book might you compare What's So Great About Christianity to and why?

    Dinesh's books build on each other; approaching multiple topics from different angles, yet always leading back to logic and God.


    What about Jeff Riggenbach’s performance did you like?

    Jeff is an excellent narrator. I find him easy to listen to for the entire book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I personally need to stop and digest the book in small segments, sometimes repeating a section or chapter before moving on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book gave me a chance to set my own beliefs on a firmer foundation, share what I believe and why with others, and worship my God in a more meaningful way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 03-27-14
    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 03-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Solid content and logic focused"
    What did you love best about What's So Great About Christianity?

    I enjoyed the broad variety of topics covered, especially the historical discussions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The content was such that it inspired you to think and ponder what the author said or asserted.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile read for those of strong faith, those who are questioning their faith and even those who are not of any faith but are curious and would listen with an open mind, to be convinced or not convinced--not through Scripture, but through logic and what noted atheists have to say on the various topics discussed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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