The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers by John R. Shook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Theologies are interesting, because there are so many of them and they form the foundation for the worldview (i.e. religions) of most people. The problem with trying to understand them is that most writings on the subject are very technical and dry and not very accessible. John Shook does a wonderful job of making the subject accessible, yet comprehensive enough that any layperson can understand the fundamentals of the theologies presented. Furthermore, John Shook presents the subject without being dismissive of any particular theology. Shook presents the arguments of various theologies and points out the strengths and weaknesses of each. Each chapter deals with a particular theology. Comparisons are made across chapters. The final chapters of the book look at how theologies influence society over time and using historical trends he suggests how they might affect society in the future. This is a book that a person can read regardless of his or her worldview. Even if you are absolutely convinced that your worldview is correct and any different worldview is wrong, you live in a world among other people who don't agree with you, and gaining an understanding of their point of view is critical is fostering a society that works for the betterment of all.
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