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Without God

Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life
Narrated by: Zachary Broom
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Without God, how can we have hope or make sense of such a broken world?

Skeptics believe we don’t need God to understand reality, and that science and reason hold the keys to building a better world. Faith is blind, and there is no credible evidence for God’s existence - especially the God of the Bible. Therefore, science and religious belief are deeply incompatible, and God is no longer relevant to our modern world.

But if there is no God, how can our lives have any meaning? How can we make sense of good and evil, truth, justice, beauty, rationality, or even science itself? By engaging with popular atheists and skeptics, both new and old, as well as many of Christianity’s most brilliant writers, pastor and author Zachary Broom demonstrates how not only is there powerful evidence for God’s existence, but without him, everything begins to unravel.

Instead of setting out to “prove” God’s existence, Without God carefully and seriously engages skeptic’s doubts and common arguments against God, making use of philosophy, science, literature, and real-life conversations, as well as the author's own struggles and doubts.

Whether you believe in God or not, you will be challenged to wrestle carefully with life’s most important questions in a way that will lead you to a greater respect for the beliefs of others.

©2019 Jordan K. Lane (P)2019 Krishna Ghji Publishing

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A review of Christian apologetics against atheism.

I was gifted this book (in audio form), and as an atheist, I found it engaging. The book compares and contrasts atheistic humanism to theistic Christianity, with the presupposition that Christianity is true.


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The book is well-organized and progresses naturally. It covers many of the arguments made by prominent humanist thinkers, and offers refutations along the way. It relies heavily on the works of C. S. Lewis, as well as Timothy Keller and other Christian apologists. The audio book is narrated by the author, and is easy to listen to, especially when compared to other books in this genre.


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My main critique is that this book does not offer new content or new arguments. It does a decent job of compiling many of the arguments in one place, but a curious reader may want to go back and read the original authors on these topics. Further, the book is presuppositional, so it doesn't cover the bridge from "a God" to "the Christian God." Either way, it is an interesting read for an atheist, and can lead a curious person down the path of investigation.


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I recommend this book if you are new to the arguments against atheistic humanism, and want to hear a Christian perspective.

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An Excellent Anthology

An excellent anthology of arguments pro and con regarding the existence of a creator God in which it is shown that when all the cards are finally laid upon the table, both sides stand on an argument of faith. The drawback to tackling this in audio format is that the information in this is so encompassing and relentless that you really can't keep track of it all. It really requires folded pages, highlighted paragraphs, and underlines sentences to refer back to and reread as needed.

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Deeply researched and convincing apologetic

Bad news first: the narration is a little fast for such a deep and complicated topic. There were points that I wanted to chew on but the narration moved on. And the chapter numbers are out of sync because Audible counts the introduction/forward/etc as chapters. This makes referencing more complicated than it should be especially since there aren't page numbers in an audiobook.

The rest is great. The narrators voice is professional and doesn't fade or become annoying over time. The points made are strong and even on the few points where I disagreed, I understood where Broom was coming from, and they didn't collapse his argument.

I'd say this is essential reading for anyone interested in apologetics, especially presup apologetics. Its a strong rebuttal to Dawkins and other modern athiest views and it does an excellent job moving the conversation forward. I will be giving this audiobook multiple listens to absorb as much as possible.

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great overview of logical reasoning behind faith

I discovered this book right when I was really struggling with my faith. I had a traumatizing experience and any doubts I had seemed to be amplified. Broom does a good job at facing these doubts, some that he has themselves, and provides logical reasoning that helps the mind make sense of all the big questions. He is thorough and cites lots of atheist and theist scholars and does side by side comparisons.

I was a little skeptical about the book, because it focuses on the philosophical arguments the most, where I have always been more historical. But this had an easy to follow flow to it. it is not an endless circle. he will say "here are 3, 4, or whatever sides to an argument, and here is why I feel this one makes more sense"

another thing I like about it is that his thoughts and reasoning are geared more towards people going through an internal struggle. this helped me restore my faith internally. so many other apologetic books out there speak about how to argue with an athiest and how to respond to non believers. I am not looking to argue with anyone, I am looking to settle some doubts I have and this book has done it better than any others in recent memory.

I never heard of this author before, but he seems honest and genuine. he doesn't regurgitate reasons to believe, but looks at it from all angles, including athiest views. he also shares personal experiences at times when needed to help make a connection. he is very relatable and I will follow him for more if he ever makes another book

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A call to understand and engage the arguments!

Without God compares and contrasts the implications of a Christian worldview against those of an atheistic-humanistic worldview, using logical and philosophical arguments. It shows that the best of both sides use their full intellect, as well as operate with faith, albeit in different things. Most importantly, it shows that respectful conversations are possible, important, and ultimately worth having.

This is a great primer on the different types of arguments throughout history and today. It encourages the Christian to pursue intellectual thought to seek answers for the best that the other side has to offer, and to not be afraid of doubts, but to do the hard work of truly knowing what you believe any why.

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I got the audiobook, and i loved it. it is perfect for the person, who wish to learn more about the fundamental differences between Christianity and Atheism. I found the section on morality the most interesting, because it gives, not only the basic differences between the two worldviews, but also goes deep into the implications of each worldview, something i have found lacking in other works, which i have read or heard. I would recommend this to both Christians and Atheists, and i feel that both sides will learn something new about the other.

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Facing Your Doubts

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review,

Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life is written and narrated by Zachary Broom. In this work, Broom poses arguments that individuals have with the Christian faith, and he refutes them with Biblical passages, expert sources and personal reasoning. These resources come together to create a strong argument for belief in the Christian God. He narrates the book with a passion and articulation that's not always present among authors who narrate their work.

Zachary Broom breaks down the most popular anti-Christian arguments by chapter. These topics include the problem of evil, self-evident truths, the credibility of the Bible and the basis for morality. He refutes each issue with a generous number of quotes and arguments from atheists, agnostics and humanists, including Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. He also includes citations from Christian apologetics, like Josh McDowell and Timothy Keller, and famed authors, like Fyodor Dostoevsky and C.S. Lewis, These sources all lend credibility to his work; it's clear he took the time and effort to thoroughly research arguments both for and against Christianity. And although he uses some personal beliefs and experiences to back up his claims, he never relies on them too heavily.

A quality author is not always the best individual to narrate their work, but Broom does an excellent job here. His narration is precise, articulate and clear. He flows smoothly through each sentence, while never stuttering or hesitating through difficult passages. He brings a high level of enthusiasm and commitment to this work, It's obvious that he cares deeply about the subject matter. Pronunciation of some words and names is one of the only areas where he could improve (fyodor dostoevsky and The Brothers Karamazov, for example). Nonetheless, he's a solid narrator for this book.

If you're a Christian, Without God is an excellent way for you to dig into the depths of your beliefs and alleviate your doubts. If you're an atheist, humanist or agnostic, or if you don't believe that the Christian faith has any basis, this book will open your mind to new arguments and beliefs. I strongly believe it's in everyone's best interest to test your beliefs and face your doubts, and this book is a great way of doing that. Broom includes numerous sources, arguments and quotes that lend to excellent discussion and contemplation. And he keeps things interesting with his compelling narration. I highly recommend Without God.

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An Engaging Explanation of Christian Apologetics

Zachary Broom's "Without God" is a comprehensive look at Christian explanations for scientific and ethical phenomena, complete with arguments from the atheistic perspective and various answers to questions. Other books of this type often devolve into insulting tone and language at atheists, but Mr. Broom deftly avouds that here. I do sometimes wish he didn't go back to the same Christian thinkers for many of his arguments, but it's overall a measured and compelling take on the apologetic genre. If only I could get my brother to read it!

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Great book!

This is a great book for someone interested in apologetics. The audio was super clear and made it easy to listen to, plus the content was well written, making it very easy to understand, even if this is your first book on apologetics.

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Philosophically rigorous and intellectually honest

I've consumed several apologetics and Christian philosophy books along with many videos/lectures/etc. This book is a total stand out from others in the genre and is philosophically vigorous and well reasoned.

In each section, Zach examines Christianity and other worldviews through a specific lens, such as:

* Bias
* Presuppositions
* Morality
* The problem of evil

and so on.

The book is obviously very thoroughly researched. the author cites and directly addresses opposing views from the likes of Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, Ruse, and many others. He treats opposing arguments with tact and fairness, thoroughly working through the problems with both sides of the argument.

Overall, this has been a very refreshing listen.

In just about any Christian philosophy book review section, you will see atheists giving poor reviews. sometimes these are intellectually honest about the contents of the book, and sometimes they are vague dismissals. The content of this book leaves no room for accusations of the author reusing arguments or ignoring opposing views. I hope that some atheists/agnostics will give this book an honest listen and really think about the contents.

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  • Brandon Sinanan
  • 12-12-19

Great intro to the Christian and Atheist worldviews

Broom’s style is clear and simple, which is a breath of fresh air from the commonly dry academic treatments of philosophy regarding religion and faith. If you are looking for an introduction to worldview analysis (a sadly uncommon practice) and a survey of atheistic and Christian worldviews, this book will ease you into the topic and keep your interest while doing it. I learned a lot about humanism and it’s clear that a lot of time and research went into this project. Broom is fair and portrays all the worldviews accurately before critiquing them using copious references to authors and thinkers on all sides.

I thought Zach’s delivery was a bit flat at first, but then his voice grew on me and I was grateful for his pace. I didn’t find myself having to backtrack too much in order to understand what he was saying and I ended up flying through the book much faster than I expected. I even found myself worshipping God as he talked about his own experiences and faithfully portrayed the gospel message of Christ. I highly recommend this to Christians who want to know more about the atheistic worldview and to skeptics who want to learn more about the Christian perspective on those views.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-19

Great worldview analysis

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Broom gives a fantastic analysis of the Christian worldview and how it answers an increasingly atheistic culture. If you are seeking to gain a better understanding of how Christianity views and answers the world, this would be a must have. it isn't too preachy, not is it too intense for the layman.

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  • Terry Hegarty
  • 11-06-19

loved it.

I found it very informative and he took the time to describe other world views. I enjoyed the time i spent on this book and i feel my faith in God deepened that much more. thank you

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  • Shanelle Shaw
  • 12-02-19

Intellectually stimulated

The depth of research and knowledge in this book is outstanding. I highly recommend it.