Monday, March 26, 2012
Review: Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is there a God who cares? Yes. Here's proof
God Forsaken by Dinesh D'Souza
God Forsaken is a book about suffering. If God is good and loving, why is there so much suffering? This subject has been debated for 2000 years. D'Souiza says he is the first to have the answer. That is a tall order. He really steps up to the challenge. I do not agree with all of his positions, but he is definitely a great thinker and gives you a lot to think about.
Much of the book is his argument against atheists. Half way through is where the meat is:
Question - Why are there disasters, evil, and suffering?
Answer - Because God created a world that we can inhabit. If he removed them, we would not be here.
D'Souza uses "the fine-tuned universe" to show that God meant to create the Earth just the way it is. The best part of the book concerns earthquakes and volcanoes. It is worth reading the book just for that. Did you know the earth would be uninhabitable if we didn't have earthquakes? I didn't either. Did you know fault lines are what causes separation of water and land and if they were not present, the whole earth would be under water.? I didn't either. There are dozens of facts like that all through the book.
Be warned - this is not exactly a theology book. There is very little reference to scripture.
I do not rate books on whether I agree with them on every point. I rate them according to the content. Even though I do not agree with a lot of D'Souza's theology (he admits he wasn't using the bible for his arguments), his arguments are good.
I highly recommend this book, but please use the watermelon method. Eat the meat and spit out the seeds :)
5 out of 5 stars
* This book was freely provided by Tyndale House for the purpose of an honest review.