3 out of 4 stars
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Who and What is God? by Brian H. Butler is a book exploring exactly what the title says. The author uses many of the same arguments that scientists believe to prove theories like evolution false and introduces physics as proof of God’s hand in creation. He also exposes some of the blindness in today’s churches and other established religions and warns of the consequences of not repenting before the second coming of Christ.
This book is a quick read but it has a ton of information. The first half seemed to focus heavily on scientific theories. Although I’m not a huge fan of science myself, his argument for why evolution is false was interesting to me because it wasn’t something I had thought of. As this section continued, it became a blur of facts and numbers that the author argued proves the existence of God. I’m not sure those he hopes to reach will be as receptive to his beliefs—mainly the scientific community and atheists.
The book was professional in appearance, but I did notice some errors and inconsistencies. He rarely ever provided citations for any of the facts he presented nor citations for the quotes he used from the Bible. Most of the books I’ve read lately include citations even if the scripture is quoted often. Sometimes the Bible quotes had quotations around them and sometimes they didn’t. He also made many claims such as definitively declaring which of Noah’s three sons fathered each race of peoples without showing how he came to that conclusion. I’ve heard just about every race claim to be descendants of Shem, but as of yet, most “proof” is sparse as to how they came to those conclusions. I understand why he didn’t go into detail for brevity’s sake, but in order to be more satisfying for the questioning among us, the more explicit the details for his claims, the better.
One of the better, but most decidedly controversial parts of the book, is the author’s takedown of established religions. He mercilessly condemns “churchianity”, Judaism, and Catholicism. He even exposes the Pagan influences embedded in Easter and Christmas as an abomination towards God. While I’m not a hundred percent certain I know God’s feelings about any of these matters, I think they’re worth looking into for the sake of improving our spiritual relationships and knowledge. However, his approach is not very gentle and will likely divert many who haven’t heard these arguments before and or feel quite comfortable with their religion as it is.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The author made some interesting points early on and provided a lot of information in just a few pages. The facts can be a little overwhelming at times and more exploration of the scriptures to determine how the author concludes some of his findings would make for a more solid basis. Open-minded Christians are the most likely audience for this book, but a more in-depth argument from the author that shows irrefutable truth rather than tells us what is true would be even more convincing. I’m not positive he’ll win a lot of support from the book in its current form, but the points he touches on are intriguing. Not every point is made as satisfactorily as I would have liked, but this book should help those who desire more knowledge to find a place to start their explorations.
Who and What Is God?
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