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Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer

by Todd Allen Gates

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Some books are worth spending time wading through a dense philosophical argument; others are not. This book is one of the latter. The layout is cumbersome and uninviting, the formatting is difficult to follow, and the writing is, to put it mildly, less than compelling. The author does make some good arguments, but forgets the basic rule of debate: don't concede points on which you are in the position of strength. In order to jam as many arguments into a single book as possible, the author merely concedes most arguments at some point, leaving you with the feeling of I report, you decide, but since he more often than not leaves the "christian proselytizer" with the last word, and fails to engage the arguments raised, he leaves one with the feeling that there is no answer (which is enormously frustrating for those of us who know the answer all too well, and know that it's often very easy to explain). This book needed a style editor badly, though I will acknowledge that, although it appears to be self-published, there were few spelling and grammar errors. A good editor, however, would have put the reins on the excessive use of quotes, or at least formatted them to make it flow more smoothly. Overall, I would say, don't spend too much time on this; life's too short to read bad books, and actually, if you have a long reading list, it's too short to read mediocre books if there are better books on the subject. In this case, there are. ( )
  Devil_llama | Nov 19, 2011 |
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