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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
1.3363.51Darwin's Black Box by Michael J. Behe
1.2713.5The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
1.2693.11The Dawkins Delusion? by Alister McGrath
1.2653.73The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications by John Clement Whitcomb
1.1923.78On Being a Christian by Hans Kung
1.1833.63Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge
1.1643.42The 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
1.0854.02He Chose The Nails: What God did to Win Your Heart by Max Lucado
1.0723.81King Jesus by Robert Graves
1.0533.39There 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
1.0213.76Honest to God by John A. T. Robinson
1.0163.54A Summary of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof
1.014.02The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright by John Piper
1.013.84Pensées by Blaise Pascal
1.0064.01The City of God by Augustine of Hippo
1.0063.54Know Why You Believe by Paul E. Little
1.0064.21The First Epistle to the Corinthians by Gordon Fee
1.0063.9Deliver Us From Evil by Ravi Zacharias
1.0053.88Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution by Simon Schama
0.9993.71The Dead Sea Scrolls in English by Géza Vermes
0.9974.17Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
0.9964.02Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey
0.9954.02The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, of the Resurrection
0.9944.02The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F. F. Bruce
0.9894.42Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
0.9813.78The Christian Theology Reader by Alister E. McGrath
0.9794.08Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges
0.9783.68The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle
0.9693.89The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
0.9674.02The God Who Is There by Francis A. Schaeffer
0.9663.58The Emerging Church by Dan Kimball
0.9644How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch
0.9563.9The 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
0.953.95The Oxford Companion to the Bible (Oxford Companions) by Bruce M. Metzger
0.9474.33The Gagging of God by D. A. Carson
0.9464.3The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith? by John MacArthur
0.9423.94Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark
0.9394.23The 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
0.9353.9On 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
0.9293.32The Mission Song by John le Carré
0.9284.17Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship by David Peterson
0.9273.97Basic Christianity by John R. W. Stott
0.924.19A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson
0.9164Evil And the Justice of God by N. T. Wright
0.9123.93Your God Is Too Small by J. B. Phillips
0.9114.11Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
0.9093.44The Last Days According to Jesus by R. C. Sproul
0.9023.28Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
0.94.01Small 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
0.8943.83Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
0.8943.88Leap 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
0.8923.89Reaching 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
0.8854.5The 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
0.8753.87The Idea of the Holy by Rudolf Otto
0.8734.17The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
0.8654.05Selected Poems, 1966-1987 by Seamus Heaney
0.8653.9The Mind of God : The Scientific Basis for a Rational World by Paul Davies
0.8653.82Breath by Tim Winton
0.8593.93Why 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
0.8563.58The Reformation by Owen Chadwick
0.8553.85Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis
0.8544.01Christian Theology: An Introduction by Alister E. McGrath
0.8533.94New Bible Dictionary by J. D. Douglas
0.8534.18A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
0.8474.2The Complete Poetry of John Milton by John Milton
0.8464.08Soul survivor by Philip Yancey
0.8454.12He Is There and He Is Not Silent by Francis A. Schaeffer
0.8443.71The 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
0.8444.51Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
0.8424.01The 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
0.834.24The 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
0.824.36Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright
0.8193.97Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon W. Robinson
0.8164.48The Gospel according to John (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by D. A. Carson
0.8134.23Exegetical Fallacies by D. A. Carson
0.8124.3The Attributes of God by Arthur W. Pink
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