As the virus hits, you’re going to need something to read, right? I’ve been trying to work my way through a philosophical post on Humean and non-Humean approaches to the Laws of Nature. Meh, what you really want to know about is another fab little review to one of my early books, The Little Book of Unholy Questions, which I loved writing for the reasons given in the review. There is a delight to ask seemingly prima facie, innocuous or vacuous questions, but when you look at the question from a different direction, you realise that it is actually quite penetrating.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well written, humourous, and somehow, at the same time, deep.
The question about Balaam and the talking donkey really had me. I had never considered the underlying context of how illogical the story is since it is so absurd to begin with.
Some questions do seem rather simplistic and innocuous until you give them a bit of thought. Combine this with a little Socratic questioning, and you may cause more than a few headaches for your friends and family.
Looking forward to reading his book on free will next!
The only thing I will say is that my book on free will was my first ever book and I would love to have the time to completely rewrite it, not least because I have so much more to say, and also because you get better with time and practice. And another review that’s just gone up adds:
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An outstanding and stimulating little book. It poses so many good questions that as a former evangelical I never thought of. If more Christians read this book it would give them food for thought and cause them to further investigate their beliefs. I recommend all of the author’s books!
Jonathan M.S. Pearce’s second book (after Free Will?) continues along the same philosophical and theological vein, aiming to provide a cumulative case against the existence of God, and more specifically, God’s triple characteristics of omniscience, omnipotence and omnibenevolence. Split into useful categories with an introduction to each category, these are questions that demand to be answered adequately and plausibly in order for the believer to retain a rationally-based faith.
Pearce’s easy writing style and explanation of philosophy, theology and science on the popular level make this book as enjoyable to read as it is thought-provoking. Does God change his mind when prayed to, and why has he never produced a miracle since biblical times that couldn’t have occurred naturally anyway, like re-growing an amputee’s leg? God only knows.”Pearce demands from God a rational explanation to all of the problems that seem illogical or incoherent. These are … damningly challenging inconsistencies in the Christian narrative that necessarily antagonize any rational reader. If you are still or used to be Christian, “The Little Book of Unholy Questions” is an overview of the critical questions you need to be asking yourself.” – Derek Murphy, Jesus Potter Harry Christ
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