- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 16 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595554343
- ISBN-13: 978-1595554345
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2 x 21.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists Paperback – Apr 16 2012
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About the Author
Mitch Stokes is a Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Notre Dame under the direction of Alvin Plantinga and Peter van Inwagen. At Yale, he earned an M.A. in religion under the direction of Nicholas Wolterstorff. He also holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering and, prior to his philosophy career, worked for an international engineering firm where he earned five patents in aeroderivative gas turbine technology. He and his wife, Christine, have four children.
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You'll find a variety of books on how to go about apologetics, but Mitch Stokes goes the extra mile in bringing you deeper into the intellect. With pointers at the end of each chapter, and a smooth progression from the first chapter to the last, you'll equip yourself at a higher level intellectually to grapple with the most difficult of non-believers. It is with a gracious heart that I recommend this book to any serious student of apologetics and philosophy; it is an invaluable resource and an assisting tool for the primary discipline of evangelism. Mitch Stokes, you've written what is now one of my favourite academic books.
I've received this complimentary book from the Thomas Nelson Publishing House through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.
As part of helping to equip Christians to be able to defend their faith, the author introduces the reader to the work of Alvin Plantinga, and to a lesser degree, Nicholas Wolterstorf and Peter van Inwagen. These are three very intelligent and articulate Christians who also happen to be stellar philosophers by anyone's measure and who successfully defend their Christianity in the academy. One of the key ideas Stokes brings forward is the idea of warrant. Plantinga argues (and Stokes boils it down for the reader) that there is reasonable warrant for belief in God and that, far from what the new atheists claim, and which they themselves cannot live consistently with, not everything ought to be disbelieved until proven by incontrovertible and observable fact. Stokes shows how Plantinga argues convincingly that there is much in life and thought that people, including the new atheists, take on the testimony of someone else or by the authority of a document (like the time and place of their birth, or who their parents are).
Stokes does an effective job of pointing out that so much of the atheist's case against God is actually just bald pronouncement and then a whole lot of yelling and intimidation to "support" their arguments. This book and the arguments and strategies presented herein are a much needed shot of faith to any Christian's head (think "reason enhancing steriods") and its also a shot of faith to the head (think philosophical "right hook") of any atheist who is brave enough to engage the arguments it contains. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to Christians everywhere. It will also serve as a helpful guide to honest searchers and as a bucket of cold ice water down the back of the shirt of some overheated, tirading, cranky atheists as well.
Shortly into the book, Mr. Stokes accuses atheists of not being "humble." What does he call the Vatican with its billions of dollars of wealth, the huge churches in the United States, the 60-foot crosses by the highways, the blockbuster movies about Noah and heaven, the robes, the gold crosses, the constant begging for money for the glory of God, and the call to arms for religious war? Is this what Mr. Stokes thinks of as humble? Apparently, he does.
I haven't got enough time or space to point out all of the poor arguments and comments in this book. If you like to have faith without question, then this is the book for you. If you like to question and think about what a writer is saying, then this book will frustrate you with its sad logic.
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