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Overview While the Bible declares, "The fool has said in his heart that there is no God," our culture has turned that statement on its head. The mantra of today's intellectual crowd is that the fool is the one who believes in God. Sadly, some Christians are starting to believe this, too. Will Davis Jr. says this is nonsense. You don't have to stop thinking to be a Christian. In fact, faith is the logical, natural progression of good reasoning, and it is less foolish to believe in God than not to believe. With common language, humor, biblical teaching, and real-life stories, Why Faith Makes Sense helps everyday believers understand why belief is the rational outcome of clear thinking about the evidence that surrounds us.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8"
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
ISBN 0800732480 ISBN13 9780800732486
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More About Will Davis
Will Davis Jr. is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin, Texas, where he and his wife Susie have served since 1993.
He is the author of several books, including Pray Big, 10 Things Jesus Never Said: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them, and Enough: Finding More by Living with Less.
Learn more about Will and Austin Christian Fellowship by visiting www.willdavisjr.com and www.acfellowship.org.
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Readers will appreciate Davis's skillful handling of the faith and belief issues Mar 4, 2009
As a Christian, author and pastor Will Davis Jr. tells readers that he has made a rational, volitional and spiritual decision to follow Jesus Christ. Davis has researched, studied and sought-after evidence to believe in Christ's deity, miraculous powers and resurrection from the dead. He has wrestled hard with difficult faith-related issues and questions, and has used his mind to do so. Rather than checking his intelligence at the door of faith, he spends chapter upon chapter explaining why Christians must engage their intellect as believers (it's not an option).
To start, Davis offers a thoughtfully presented section on how God has made contact with humanity throughout the ages. "When God speaks, acts, works, creates, and reveals, it's always deliberate." God never launches an eternal truth toward humans randomly; He always has a specific target (a person) in mind. In the same way, God always has a desired outcome, and when He makes contact, that person will be required to use his mind to decipher the message. "For God, the mind is the port of entry to the human soul. When He establishes a contact, He uses thoughts, words, concepts, and ideas."
Building upon this premise, Davis shares how God has met with biblical characters from the very beginning of recorded history. God spoke to Jacob through a dream, and when he awoke, Jacob was required to use his intellect to interpret the meaning. God mysteriously communicated to Noah that He was going to destroy the world by a flood and instructed him to build the ark. Noah somehow understood. Moses was told to return to Egypt through a burning bush and spoke words Moses could understand. In every case, God revealed Himself to humans using their minds and abilities to consider.
Davis details how societies as whole entities rely on God to survive. The implications are that people who embrace the reality of revelation must also embrace the reality of a revealer. Revelation is critical because it implies there is ultimate accountability and that humans are pre-programmed to receive messages from God. Thus, those who argue that Christianity is for non-thinkers are incorrect. God always reveals Himself via a mental component; most people discover Him by thinking about Him first.
Davis's foundational premise on thinking and revelation then expand to other required hot topics: understanding the Bible as a trustworthy source, the six holes of the theory of evolution, the problems with humanism, how faith and reason fit neatly together, and the undeniable evidence for God. Readers will appreciate Davis's skillful handling of the faith and belief issues, and individuals from both camps certainly will be given much food for thought.
--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
Excellent apologetics title,,consider buying Jan 15, 2009
Title: Why Faith makes sense: reason you can believe God is real Author: Will Davis Jr. Publisher: Revell Year 2008 Pgs. 189 Price $13.00 ISBN: 978-0-8007-3248-6
Will Davis, did a fine job of linking significant intellectual processes in your brain with faith in God. It you think this sounds like a heavy book, it is not. Will is the senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship in Texas and the 10 chapters of this apologetics book continue humor, good Biblical lessons and a very readable exploration into faith. In his final words " Time is on the side of truth, and truth is on the side of God". Next time someone tells you they don't believe in God, ask them to explain why and make sure you have lots of time to listen and share.
The notes and books used to present his case for faith, were excellent. Robert Jastrow and Blaise Pascal and Greg Boyd were just a few. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I think you will find this book speaking in a very modern, non-preachy tone that has excellent points to consider.