Secondary Topics: Bible, Christianity, culture, Western Civilization
A small change in direction could have altered the Titanic's fate. Many are seeing the West headed towards catastrophe, but this highly readable, Eastern overview of our history, could reshape our future. — Dr. David L. McDonald, HealthTeams International.
Secondary Topics: atheism, new atheism, apologetics
The End of Reason is a short book that is mainly a critique of Sam Harris' two books, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. If your interested in a more developed apologetic of general atheism, I would suggest Ravi Zacharias' other book, The Real Face of Atheism.
In The End of Reason, Ravi Zacharias rebuts Sam Harris' happy atheism and his depiction of theism as a backward and dangerous belief system. Harris seems to forget that the 20th century was the bloodiest century in human history where the main players were atheists. For example, Mao Zedong was motivated by his scientific atheism. He bragged, "They are theists and we are atheists" (Mao Tsetung, Selected Readings from the Works of Mao Tsetung, Foreign Languages Press, Peking, China, 1971, p. 482). Stalin was another famous atheists responsible for killing millions. Adolph Hitler was no friend to Christians. For example,
This is an updated edition of A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism, that was published in 1990. Ravi Zacharias presents an excellent apologetic of truth and a defense of the Christian faith. Not only is it an intellectual defense against atheism, but it addresses the deepest questions of human purpose and meaning against the meaninglessness of life when atheism is taken to its logical conclusion.
Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies was an unexpected read for me. Amazon.com has FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. I had purchased a book on intelligent design and found that I needed to increase my order to over $25 to take advantage of their free shipping. So, I ordered Unapologetic Unapologetics on a whim, thinking it was in the same genre as the book on ID that I was in the process of purchasing.
Unapologetic Apologetics is very different. It challenges the naturalistic assumptions that are prevalent in many Christian seminaries that overturn the faith of many young seminary students. The authors argue for objective truth and against the fallacies of contextualization and naturalism that underlie much of the scholarship within today's seminaries.
The Darwin Myth comes on the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday and on the 150th anniversary of his book, The Origin of Species. Many books on Charles Darwin either seek to demonize him or to portrait him as a saintly scientist. Overall, the Wiker strove to be fair to Charles Darwin by pointing out his keen biological observations as well as his devotion to methodological naturalism that excludes the very possibility of design in biological organisms. The book is easy to read and provides many insights into the life and times of Charles Darwin.
Secondary Topics: thermodynamics, 2nd law of thermodynamics, intelligent design
Sewell's book is a fresh look at intelligent design from the perspective of a mathematician who enjoys physics too. Chapter 5 Can 'Anything Happen in an Open System? provides insights into the use of the second law of thermodynamics as applied to the evolution of life. This chapter alone makes the book a worthwhile purchase.
One hundred fifty years ago, Charles Darwin revolutionized biology, but did he refute intelligent design (ID)? In Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer argues that he did not.
Much confusion surrounds the theory of intelligent design. Frequently misrepresented by the media, politicians, and local school boards, intelligent design can be defended on purely scientific grounds in accordance with the same rigorous methods that apply to every proposed origin-of-life theory.
Signature in the Cell is the first book to make a comprehensive case for intelligent design based upon DNA. Meyer embarks on an odyssey of discovery as he investigates current evolutionary theories and the evidence that ultimately led him to affirm intelligent design. Clearly defining what ID is and is not, Meyer shows that the argument for intelligent design is not based on ignorance or "giving up on science," but instead upon our growing scientific knowledge of the information stored in the cell.
A leading proponent of intelligent design in the scientific community, Meyer presents a compelling case that will generate heated debate, command attention, and find new adherents from leading scientists around the world.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. In 2004, Meyer ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology journal at the Smithsonian Institution published his peer-reviewed scientific article advancing intelligent design. Meyer has been featured on national television and radio programs, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CBS's Sunday Morning, NBC's Nightly News, ABC's World News, Good Morning America, Nightline, FOX News Live, and the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. He has also been featured in two New York Timesfront-page stories and has garnered attention in other top-national media.
Secondary Topics: Trauma, Social Neuroscience, Spirituality
By a war veteran & active-duty field grade Navy Chaplain with an advanced degree specializing in trauma, this book discusses up-to-date research regarding traumatic stress, with consideration to the vital, but often neglected, element of person-hood claimed by 70% of Americans: Christian Spirituality. It examines reasons why spirituality is often discarded by traumatized individuals and proposes that clinicians may be looking past a tool that cooperates with brain architecture. It is a must for clinicians concerned with culture who are unsure about including spirituality or are afraid of mixing spiritual symptoms with clinical symptoms. A simple theological construct of interpersonal grace, common to most faiths, is discussed from a philosophical point of view, and possibilities for treatment are proposed. Military Chaplains will also find the information vital to the treatment of thousands of service members who are just now beginning to deal with the traumatic aftermath of war.