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Controversial Books

This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

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Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3363.48Darwin's Black Box by Michael J. Behe
1.2713.49The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
1.2693.09The Dawkins Delusion? by Alister E. McGrath
1.2653.72The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications by John Clement Whitcomb
1.1923.74On Being a Christian by Hans Küng
1.1833.62Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge
1.1643.44The Purpose-driven Church::Growth Without Compromising Your Message And Mission by Rick Warren
1.1193.69The Dead Sea Scrolls by Michael O. Wise
1.1033.7The Septuagint with Apocrypha: Greek and English by Septuagint
1.0854.07He Chose The Nails: What God did to Win Your Heart by Max Lucado
1.0723.83King Jesus by Robert Graves
1.0533.38There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Antony Flew
1.0444.22Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism by John Piper
1.0373.76What Is History? by Edward Hallet Carr
1.0234.08The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ As the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology by Jürgen Moltmann
1.0213.8Honest to God by John A. T. Robinson
1.0163.61A Summary of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof
1.014.02The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright by John Piper
1.013.87Pensées by Blaise Pascal
1.0064.03The City of God by Augustine of Hippo
1.0063.53Know Why You Believe by Paul E. Little
1.0064.24The First Epistle to the Corinthians by Gordon Fee
1.0063.87Deliver Us From Evil by Ravi Zacharias
1.0053.89Rough Crossings by Simon Schama
0.9993.71The Dead Sea Scrolls in English by Géza Vermes
0.9974.2Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
0.9964.03Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey
0.9954.04The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
0.9944.09The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by Frederick Fyvie Bruce
0.9894.37Don Quixote [Part 1 of 2] by Miguel de Cervantes
0.9813.74The Christian Theology Reader by Alister E. McGrath
0.9794.07Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges
0.9783.71The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle
0.9693.89The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
0.9674.05The God Who Is There by Francis A. Schaeffer
0.9663.58The Emerging Church by Dan Kimball
0.9643.98How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch
0.9563.92The Lord and His Prayer by N. T. Wright
0.9543.92Found: God's Will by John MacArthur
0.9524.43Holiness by J. C. Ryle
0.9514.12The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
0.953.95Oxford Bible Companion by Bruce M. Metzger
0.9474.32The Gagging of God by D. A. Carson
0.9464.32The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith? by John MacArthur
0.9423.93Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark
0.9394.24The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
0.9353.8120th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age by Stanley J. Grenz
0.9353.88On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
0.9343.86Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling by James W. Sire
0.9333.97Out of the Saltshaker and into the World: Evangelism As a Way of Life by Rebecca Manley Pippert
0.9293.31The Mission Song by John le Carré
0.9284.17Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship by David Peterson
0.9274Basic Christianity by John R. W. Stott
0.924.15A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson
0.9164.05Evil And the Justice of God by N. T. Wright
0.9123.92Your God Is Too Small by J. B. Phillips
0.9114.14Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
0.9093.44The Last Days According to Jesus by R. C. Sproul
0.9023.27Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
0.93.99Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher
0.93.17Friday Nights by Joanna Trollope
0.8993.96How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee
0.8953.79Commentary on Romans by Martin Luther
0.8943.85Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
0.8943.85Leap over a wall; earthy spirituality for everyday Christians by Eugene H. Peterson
0.8934.02The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard
0.8923.9Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen
0.8884.08The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark A. Noll
0.8854.48The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
0.8844.06Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity by Ronald J. Sider
0.8783.77E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis
0.8753.82The Idea of the Holy by R. Otto
0.8734.18The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
0.8654.03Selected Poems, 1966-1987 by Seamus Heaney
0.8653.91The Mind of God : The Scientific Basis for a Rational World by Paul Davies
0.8653.84Breath by Tim Winton
0.8593.92Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell
0.8574.08The Message of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7 : Christian Counter-Culture) by John R. W. Stott
0.8563.57The Reformation by Owen Chadwick
0.8553.84Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis
0.8544.01Christian Theology: An Introduction by Alister E. McGrath
0.8533.92New Bible Dictionary by J. D. Douglas
0.8534.17A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
0.8474.21The Complete Poetry of John Milton by John Milton
0.8464.1Soul survivor by Philip Yancey
0.8454.13He Is There and He Is Not Silent by Francis A. Schaeffer
0.8443.72The Message of Acts: The Spirit, the Church, and the World (Bible Speaks Today) by John R. W. Stott
0.8443.87Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C. S. Lewis
0.8444.5Institutes of the Christian Religion by Johannes Calvijn
0.8424The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
0.8333.68The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of Earth's Antiquity by Jack Repcheck
0.834.26The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is by N. T. Wright
0.833.76The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century by Roland H. Bainton
0.8254.1Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh
0.8233.87Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
0.8213.83Christ & Culture by H. Richard Niebuhr
0.824.37Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright
0.8194Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon W. Robinson
0.8164.43The Gospel According to John: An Introduction and Commentary (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by D. A. Carson
0.8134.21Exegetical Fallacies by D. A. Carson
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