I picked up a copy of Ray Comfort's new book, The Defender's Guide For Life's Toughest Questions, at a convention I attended recently up in Vancouver. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it, but since we have enjoyed and learned a great deal from Ray Comfort in the past (his books Hell's Best Kept Secret and Militant Evangelism are excellent, and usually on the required-reading lists for my kids), I bought it with high expectations.
I wasn't disappointed. In fact, Mr. Comfort had me hooked from the preface, when he described a popular atheist poster picturing some "atheists" who weren't. (Being a history buff and a Civil War reenactor, one of my pet peeves is historical revisionism. I started my growl of, "Hey! Abe Lincoln wasn't an atheist! Hey! Thomas Jefferson wasn't --", but read on, and much to my joy found that Mr. Comfort had gone ahead set the record straight with direct quotes.)
Mr. Comfort took many of the most challenging and pernicious questions asked by skeptics and atheists, answered them clearly and scripturally, and arranged them into five categories: Humanity, The Bible (theological issues), Science (and the theory of evolution), Philosophy, and Religion: God and Atheism. This arrangement makes it easy to find a specific question you've been asked. This would also make it simple to use this book for a group study or in a home school, taking a category a week and using Mr. Comfort's questions/answers as a springboard for discussion and further study.
Both the questions and the answers were thought-provoking, although I was surprised by the venomous tone of some of the questions, gleaned, I believe, from Mr. Comfort's blog. Some are questions that Christians have been asked for a long, long time, such as "are you afraid of dying?" and "do you ever doubt the existence of God?" Others , such as "Religion has no relevance in contemporary America... We don't need God", are the outgrowth of our humanistic culture. In fact, the subtitle of this book is, Preparing Today's Believers for the Onslaught of Secular Humanism. I think that for a wise believer, a careful reading will do exactly that.