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Dinner With Skeptics Defending God in a World that Makes No Sense, by Jeff Vines, Joplin: College Press, 2008. 221 pages. Reviewed by Josiah R. Boyle
This Book review is to complete an assignment for Biblical Worldview. Dinner with Skeptics is an account of a conversation Jeff Vines had with a group of skeptics. A missionary for many years, Vines is currently Senior Pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, California.
THESIS:
Written to dispel skepticism in God, Vines discusses common arguments against the existence of God such as why there is evil in the world if there is a good god. in Dinner With Skeptics: Defending God in A World That Makes No Sense.
DOES HE SUPPORT HIS THESIS
In the First Chapter he discusses why
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He then asks if Sherri would want God to remove all possibilities of suffering and pain from the earth. She answered in the affirmative. Vines then said To do that God would have to remove one of two things, First He could exterminate Humans, or He could remove free will and with that genuine love. In this exchange Vines continues to support his thesis. Summary
In the first chapter Jeff meets at his hotel the manager a lady named Laura. On learning his occupation she cordially invites him to dinner. over dinner her and her coworkers he tries to dispel criticism among her and her coworkers of God. He then explores with a man named Dan how there could be a God in world with so much evil. Dan the accepts that there might be a god but why would he allow evil in the world. Vines then illustrate that for their to be evil there has to be a higher power such as God.
In the second chapter Vines engages Sherri who is another one of Laura 's coworkers on the if there is a kind, good, and gracious God then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world. He then notes that one of life 's greatest ironies is New Zealand which is one of the most atheist countries in the world and they vehemently deny any presence of god. But at funerals they stand around saying that they are glad that the deceased have gone to a "better" place. Which doesn 't fit with atheism at all. And the entire idea of heaven needs a kind, good, gracious god. And with
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