Two Sides of the Review Coin

Two Sides of the Review Coin August 10, 2019

I have just received two Amazon reviews for my book on the Kalam Cosmological Argument (Did God Create the Universe from Nothing?: Countering William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument).

 One a 5-star review from a skeptical someone who contacted me by email to show his appreciation – I am truly grateful. The other from a Christian who enjoyed reading it but who disagreed with the conclusions and so 1-starred it:

August 7, 2019

This is one of the most enjoyable serious works I have read in a while. I particularly enjoyed it because after having listened to or read Craig for more than 10 minutes or so, I get lockjaw and my brain freezes up. I sit there wondering how he can say what he says with a straight face . . . and why so many philosophers have let him get away with it . . . It is at this point that I need to offer a mea culpa. I have avoided getting too deeply into the dialectic because in the debates I have watched in which Lane participated, they were less debates than they were exercises in apologetics. Jonathan Pearce’s book is the first that I have seen in which a serious and well articulated analysis of Craig’s version of the Kalam Cosmological Argument is presented and debunked.

My favorite philosophy instructor as an undergraduate was a graduate student of Wilfrid Sellars and one of the most enjoyable of his courses was “The Philosophy of Religion.” It could have been more accurately named “The Philosophy of Judeo-Christianity.” I took it in 1974, (I attended a large public university in The South), and the first words out of his mouth as he reached the desk in the front of the room were something to the effect of “By midterm, half of you will not be here.” He was right. It was a brutal takedown of all the apologists from the 11th century on . . . Since that time, new arguments have come into being. Prof. Pearce finishes them off.

It had been a while since I dived into the deep end of this particular pool so some of the discussion was new to me and I had to chase down some references, but all in all, this book “made my heart sing.” It is delicious. If one is interested in Craig’s version of the Cosmological Argument and its holes, this is “the book.”

Again, I must say that I haven’t enjoyed reading a serious book like this in a long time. I give it 5 stars.

Which can be juxtaposed to this one (and another Christian one that 2-stars it with this title: “While Pearce has great critiques of Craig’s arguments“):

August 9, 2019

This book is interesting. Although it is interesting it does not show that God did not create the universe. It is recommended though because we need to see what those against Christian Theism believe. Even if it is weak arguments.
Essentially, if anyone has read this and liked it, please give a review on amazon – it makes such a difference! The star rating has recently dropped due to a number of Christian readers who have reviewed it, some not appearing to have read the book.

Please grab the book and please review it kindly!

 


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