by C. Stephen Evans, Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN 0-8028-0127-7,1996, 154 pages, paperback
Stephen Evans is a philosophy professor at Calvin College and this book is primarily a book from a philosophical and theological perspective. In spite of the fact that the book is not primarily dealing with scientific evidence, it is a useful book because it hits at major problems to faith present in our society today. Evans makes a good approach to the whole subject area of apologetics. Early in the book he makes four statements about the approach to this subject that are useful:
Evans then starts out comparing God and Santa Claus, showing that the question of what is the nature of Santa is important when asking about his existence just as the nature of God is important as far as what we believe. He then takes the cosmos and talks about its magnificence and purpose. He correctly identifies evolution as a non-issue when talking about cosmology. A good statement that he makes is:
If evolution is true, then the visible order that is so manifest around us is shown to be dependent on a deeper, invisible order: the laws of nature and the fundamental properties of matter.
Later, on the same subject, he says
A God who accomplishes some of His purposes through an intricate and elegant set of orderly natural processes seems no less intelligent and powerful than a God who achieves all His goals by immediate fiat (page 37).
The remainder of the book builds on the careful foundation he has laid. He deals with the mystery of moral order, the nature of man and why we seek God, the uniqueness of Christianity, was Jesus really God, miracles, why God allows suffering, is religion a crutch, and why we should be Christians and not something else. This is a well-written book that has some useful insight from a philosophical standpoint.
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