Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Book Review: A Shot of Faith (to the Head)
Enter A Shot of Faith (to the Head). Our world prides themselves on their secular, skeptical, rational view of the world and of all things spiritual. Outspoken atheists smugly declare anyone of faith to be naive and irrational. But Mitch Stokes gently points out that quite possibly atheists are the irrational ones. He dismantles their claims while constructing a simple, yet solid case for Christian belief. He has answers for those who claim that science has proven that God does not exist, and for those who claim that the presence of evil in this world proves that God does not exist.
It has been eight years since I was in college, and while I was there philosophy was no where near my favorite course. This book made me feel like I was back in that class, muddling through and trying to grasp at its ethereal concepts. I'll be honest; much of this book was hard for me to understand. But I wanted to read it, because there are people out there that might use these very arguments, and I don't want them walking away thinking that they've won the debate simply because I had nothing to say. The best part of the book was at the end of each chapter Dr. Stokes provided a feature called "For Your Arsenal," neatly summarizing the main points that we need to hold on to. I do plan to use this book as more of a reference. If questions come up, I can try and dig through the chapters again to find the answers I need.
If you are into philosophy, I'm sure you'll love this book. If you're like me and had a hard time with philosophy in college, you might struggle with this one. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it. This book provides real, solid answers to questions that many people have, and if you want to engage those people, then this book can help you.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.