Evidence for God

Picked up Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science at the library today. Having read the first seven chapters, I have a pretty good sense of the book. The 50 chapters are short, often summarizing more extensive arguments or making a brief foray into an issue. Technically, however, I don’t think there are 50 separate arguments. The essays are starting places and as such are just introductory. As in any such collection, the value and quality of the essays differ. But the contributors are solid and if not ground-breaking, the book would introduce someone to a lot of the basics of apologetics. The one bit I’ll share is from a discussion on gratitude, with a quote from Chesterton on the consistency of gratitude with faith:

The test of all happiness is gratitude; and I felt grateful, though I hardly knew to who. Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday presents of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth?

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