Friday, March 16, 2012

Do You Want to Read Along?

Six months ago Apologetics 315 started a Read Along project with the excellent apologetics textbook Christian Apologetics by Doug Groothuis. (The index can be found here.) It was only 700+ pages. But now it's time to move on to the next Read Along project.

This time around we'll be tackling a much shorter book, under 300 pages, just 18 chapters... but it is another excellent book: Is God Just a Human Invention: And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists by Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow. (Hear the interview with the authors here and book review here.)

Why choose this book? For a number of reasons:
First, the quality of the content is excellent. The authors have a wonderful ability to distill key ideas concisely without sacrificing depth. Second, the size is right. The chapters are a manageable size and the book isn't overwhelming. The diversity of content keeps it fresh, while staying relevant to key apologetic topics. Third, it introduces the reader to the key voices on the apologetic landscape. It also provides helpful pointers to key resources for further reading. This is a great place to get started down the right path in dealing with each particular issue. Finally, this book covers the kind of issues that we deal with everyday in conversation, on the internet, and as we grapple with the issues ourselves.

So what's the plan? For those who did the Read Along previously, you'll see that things will flow the same way: Audio will be provided each week with chapter summaries, a PDF study guide, and a place to discuss the reading online.

Okay, so when do we start? We'll announce that soon. (It will be about two weeks.) But in the meantime, you can pick up the paperback or the Kindle version of the book so you'll be ready to start.

Looking forward to reading along with you again!


Freshbeef said...

Interested in joining in for the next round - what is the time commitment required per week to get full value from this?

Brian said...


You're looking at under 10 pages a week, then taking some time to work through study questions (which would entail defining terms, filling in the blanks, answering questions, and a bit of paraphrasing in your own words).

Roughly, you might be looking at 60-90 minutes per chapter, depending on your reading speed and comprehension level. That's a rough guess, more or less.

Devon said...

Awesome! I've been wanting to read this book. I'd definitely do this!

Anonymous said...

Im in!!!!!

NFQ said...

Finally had the time to sit down and look, and it appears that no library near me has a copy of this book. (And as an atheist who's read stuff by Josh and Sean McDowell before and been less than impressed, I'm not looking to buy the book and give the authors my money.) Still, I look forward to reading your read-along posts, and I'll check out the book if and when I can get it through a library.

Brian said...


I may be giving away some copies when we kick things off.

galatician said...

I will have the book tomorrow and begin reading. Very timely as I've been invited by my atheist co-worker to come in the near future to the group meeting he started at his home in our neighborhood!

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