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Overview Amy Orr-Ewing addresses key questions and objections that many people today have about God. She explores whether our understanding of God is delusional or merely a psychological crutch, as many today claim, and whether Christianity's claim to a unique personal relationship with God is plausible.
Publishers Description Is God really real? And how can we know if anyone's experience of God is actually valid? Skeptics today are increasingly vocal in their assertion not only that God is unverifiable, but also that believing in God is irrational and even dangerous. Even those who believe wonder if they can speak objectively about the actual reality of God or if they can only appeal to a subjective belief in God. Amy Orr-Ewing addresses key questions and objections that many people today have about God. She explores whether our understanding of God is delusional or merely a psychological crutch. She probes whether the Christian claim to a unique personal relationship with God is plausible in light of other world religions, and how anyone can continue to believe in God in a world of pain and suffering. If you have questions about God, you're not alone. Come consider some possible answers.
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Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 53
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2008
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830833536 ISBN13 9780830833535
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More About Amy Orr-Ewing & Ravi Zacharias
Orr-Ewing is Training Director for the Zacharias Trust.
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Reads like The Watchtower May 16, 2009
If you are looking for an answer to, or even the issues surrounding the title question, "Is believing in God irrational?" you'll have to keep looking. Amy Orr-Ewing answers her collection of questions with an odd mixture of anectdotes and ramblings, but never seems to get to the heart of the matter. Nowhere is there a discussion of what it means for a belief to be rational or irrational. Nowhere is there a discussion of why believing in God is rational or not believing in God is not rational. Instead, we are treated to a pitter-patter that could only appeal to the those who are begging to be convinced.
relevant,easy read, up-to-date apologetics Oct 21, 2008
Amy has done it again. She writes a quick read based on current questions she gathers from her discussions and presentations to today's young people. She is a battle tested question taker in the current of scholastic ideas coming from today's students. Some questions are hostile, some are thoughtful, and some are old objections in new clothes. Her book manages to include her encounters with people and then she offers rational, thoughtful and experientially relevant answers to the posed questions. She takes on the new hardline atheism when they say God is just a disease of the mind to be expelled so its danger does not affect our culture. Her book is easy to read and not a million pages of analytical philosophy. It is very popular and relevant. I would recommend any person from the age 18 to 30 to sit with her and pose her questions. This book is the next best thing. My recommendation to Amy is to get working on her next little but substantial book and someday these will be an anthology for this generation and the next. When Ravi Zacharias' work is over, Amy and her collegues will continue. In summary-- affordable price, easy read, substantial content, and gets at current questions youth are deep down asking but don't know who to ask. Ask Amy and listen. Mark J. Armstrong
How "Unbiased" Are The Skeptics? And Are They Too Biased To Really Notice? Sep 23, 2008
Amy Orr-Ewing has written an interesting, persuasive and accessible book that deals with very relevant questions she has encountered in the course of her work and travels.
Now, that I read the line I just wrote, it occurs to me that it sounds a lot like something you would read in a book review. But, having re-read it, I stand by the statement. "Is Believing In God Irrational" is a helpful book on the subject of apologetics.
Orr-Ewing does a great job of explaining how atheists often sneak their philosophical presuppositions into their arguments while acting as if they are approaching the subject of God as neutral, rational, scientific observers basing their opinions solely on scientific, empirically verifiable fact.
Orr-Ewing effectively points out how critics of religion and/or Christianity often apply a double standard, exempting their viewpoint from the criteria by which they judge Christianity.
For example, she notes the assumption of skeptics that "you as a Christian are biased by the circumstances of your life"--something that any defender of Christianity has certainly encountered. She continues with the unbeliever's argument, "[however], I as a skeptic am completely neutral in my thinking."
It's remarkable how completely dispassionate and neutral and totally rational all of the skeptics of Christianity are, isn't it? Mr. Spock would be proud.
Orr-Ewing goes on to say, "Isn't it just as likely that the secular thinking of the questioner has been passed on by the environment of the person and is culturally conditioned?"
This is an excellent point and, yet, it is one that seems to escape some very smart people. It makes you wonder if there is a measure of very intentional self-deception occurring.
For a weightier treatment of the subjects she raises you would have to go on to some other books, but this is an excellent response to a number of genuine and valid questions that seems to come from a very authentic Christian heart.