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Is Believing In God Irrational?

The Advocate

Is Believing In God Irrational?
by Amy Orr-Ewing

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"Orr-Ewing continues in the steps of Ravi Zacharias defending our faith."

How would you answer if a friend told you that your God is unverifiable; that believing in God is simply irrational and even dangerous to our society?

You're not alone if you have questions about Christianity or wonder if your faith is subjective or actual. How can we really know if somebody’s experience of God is valid?

The author of Is Believing in God Irrational? writes and answers, using as her backdrop, relevant questions encountered in the course of her work and travels. Some questions are hostile; some are thoughtful while others are the same old, same old objections wrapped in new clothes. She provides an insightful book on the oft-avoided subject of apologetics with chapters such as:

· How can you say you have found the Truth if you haven’t tried all the alternatives?
· Your experience of God is delusional, not real!
· If Christianity is about a transforming relationship with God,
why are Christians so bad?

Orr-Ewing effectively points out how the vocal critics of religion and/or Christianity apply a double standard in that they exclude their viewpoint from the same criteria with which they judge Christianity.

There are times you’ll need to reread information, yet it’s important. Amy Orr-Ewing is knowledgeable and able to convey that knowledge without drowning the reader with excessive verbiage. She provides a good balance between the academic and conversational approach to their contentions.

With Is Believing in God Irrational? Orr-Ewing continues in the steps of Ravi Zacharias defending our faith. It’s an “ask Amy and listen” book. One that is both affordable and hard-hitting, but if you’re looking for a deeper treatment of these weighty topics, I’d suggest asking your pastor for recommendations.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.