“A Shot of Faith {To The Head}” by Mitch Stokes

This book is written as an education to believers and nonbelievers alike, and how to be a confident believer when today’s world is an age of “cranky atheists.”

This book is not written to convince atheists about Christ. Rather, this book is a help to Christians to defend the Christian faith, also known as the study of apologetics. This book includes top-notch references from different apologists and philosophers in a manner that is designed to be easy for the average person to read and learn from. Well, at this is this what the endorsements say. but what about the book itself?

This book is broken into several parts. Part one focuses on the statement, “belief in G-d is irrational.” Examining this statement, Stokes brings rebuttal with evidence for the evidence, doubts regarding Darwin, and traditional objections analyzed. He also approaches the order and regulation of the argument, with realistic standards in an attempt to frame a self-defense stance. Part two argues how science and theology are working together, not against each other. Looking at Galileo and other prominent scientists, Stokes expands on the perfection of our planet and the rarity of it. Part three ends with the discussion of evil in the world, the atheist’s dilemma with evil, and how to conclude everything that has been covered.

Stokes argues, primarily, that science isn’t problematic. Rather, it is how science has been treated and applied. Historically, science has avoided serious inquiry into theology, philosophy, history, literature, and a slew of topics that math, physics, or chemistry doesn’t cover. The problem with this is best quoted directly from Stokes:

Science without good philosophy – as you’ll learn in this book – distorts and stunts our growth. At its best, unaided science results in idiot savants.

This book isn’t written as a revealed approach that no one has heard of. Rather, it takes what has been said throughout the years, examines them, and rewrites them in a scientific method.

Is this book theologically sound? Why should I read this book? Good questions. As with any apologetic argument, there are views to be considered and weighed. In the case of this book, unlike prior books, I am not going to dissect the theology of it. I believe that this book is written for anyone, but not as a master map. This book is written as a conversation piece, one to bring to the table in a group setting and evaluate the arguments Stokes makes, on levels of scientific credibility, theological truth, and author reliability. I mean, he does have a Ph.D. That said, I find his writing style to be personable and at ease. While some topics may seem complex, reading the material and giving it time to sink in is the only way to learn, and I believe anyone who can read can read this book and learn.

It is a book I recommend, at least for self-inventory and apologetic credibility.

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