“God must necessarily exist in order for atheists not to believe in Him. There is no other explanation for the capacity to reason (even poorly). Atheism and naturalism can’t account for reason. To say that reason came into being for no reason is unreasonable. The logical processes of reason and deduction in the scientific method must be assumed in order for scientific inquiry to take place; therefore, science can’t verify itself in the strict sense.” – Pg. 36, God’s Not Dead: Evidence For God in an Age of Uncertainty; Thomas Nelson
Unbelievers consider faith and science different as if faith takes an instant dislike to science. God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty by Rice Broocks reads like a history and science book combined as Rice shows how both science and faith are connected.
Rice has spent thirty years focusing on university campuses around the world. He is the co-founder of Every Nation family of churches. He is the senior minister to Bethel World Outreach Church in Nashville, Tennessee and has a master’s degree from Reformed Theological Seminary with a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rice writes directly to the atheist and humanist. Perhaps because he hated church? “The notion of being religious was repulsive. Church was just a place to have weddings and funerals.” Rice says.
“Skeptics (and atheists),” Rice writes, “Use ridicule and mockery to label people of faith as anti-intellectual or irrational. Set up a false dichotomy between science and faith, telling people to choose one or the other. Keep the debate one-sided by not allowing a dissenting opinion in the public arena, making sure the only places where expressions of faith are allowed are in strictly religious settings.”
So this book is written for them. It is also written for the believer. Rice believes every believer can and should engage the non-believer in constructive discussion. People who don’t educate themselves in what they believe are exercising blind faith. Blind faith, Rice says, is wrong. Rice dissects the arguments of Dawkins and Hawkings, referring to debates and examining the details.
There are lots of scientific details as he goes into Darwinism and other theories. Rice should be considered a formidable foe when considering a debate with him. I would love to have him on my team if debate were a competition between believers and atheists or humanists. He demonstrates a thorough knowledge of atheism and humanists, of science and history.
I especially love reading how our belief in God is so confirmed in science and history. Rice goes into the historicity of Jesus and how non-Christian artifacts confirm, not just that Jesus existed, but third-century historian Julius Africanus cited the first-century historian Thallus, who witnessed the darkness which occurred on the day of crucifixion.
Rice quotes Africanus as saying, “On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. This darkness Thallus, in the 263 book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun. For the Hebrews celebrate the passover on the 14th day according to the moon, and the passion of our Savior fails on the day before the passover (see Phlegon); but an eclipse of the sun takes place only when the moon comes under the sun. And it cannot happen at any other time but in the interval between the first day of the new moon and the last of the old, that is at their junction: how then should an eclipse be supposed to happen when the moon is almost diametrically opposite of the sun?”
God’s Not Dead runs through archeological, reliable manuscripts, prophetic, and extraordinary impact as the book sets out to prove the evidence of God through science and historical evidence. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It really affirmed my faith, helped me to learn more about it, and I agree with Rice Broocks that Christians need to learn about their faith rather than walk blindly. I gave this book five stars.
*Book given by the publisher to review.