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Greater Than You Think (Not Available-Out Of Print [Paperback]

By Williams Thomas D (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
ISBN  0446514934  
EAN  9780446514934  

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The runaway bestsellers God Is Not Great and The God Delusion left Christians feeling defensive but not necessarily equipped to refute the accusations of nonbelievers. The bestsellers have also provoked those who are the fence about whether God exists, and if so, whether He's good. In his trademark elegant prose, Dr Thomas Williams provides accessible but intellectually rich answers for both groups. Questions include "Isn't religion just another name for superstition (or magic or myth)?" "If God is all-good and all-powerful, how can evil exist in the world?" and "Hasn't science disproved God's existence?" For believers and those searching for something to believe in, Dr. Williams offers an easy-to-use resource for building up one's own faith and igniting others'.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The Rev. Father Thomas David Williams was a priest and author of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His comprehensive "Textual Concordance of the Holy Scriptures: Douay-Rheims Version" is comprised of a carefully compiled arrangement of the scripts of the Holy Bible, categorized by topic. Father Williams' work was originally published in 1908 by the Benziger Brothers, New York, with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. It was also printed by TAN in 2010.

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Well-Reasoned & Thoughtful Little Book  Feb 21, 2009
Though this is a short book (can be read in a day), it presents a well-thought out rebuttal to the "new atheists" and their claims. I used to be an agnostic (am now a Christian), so I myself used to think in many of the same ways as Harris, Hitchens, Dawkins, et al. Now I can see the holes in their arguments and the fallacy of the way I used to think.

I like how Williams points out that, since science has never disproved God's existence, atheism itself is a form of belief, a type of faith. (How do the atheists KNOW God doesn't exist? They just think so, with no real evidence...the same thing they bash religious people for).

Though some chapters seem too short/incomplete (I think the chapter on Christianity and sex, for example, really glosses over a lot of very real problems), mostly the book is well-researched, intelligent and worth the read. I especially loved his call to Christians at the end of the book, that we should ensure that our behavior is consistent with our beliefs and an example of good in the world. That will be the best argument of all against the claims of the atheists.
Worth the Time But...  Dec 6, 2008
I enjoyed 'Greater Than You Think'. I really did. I found it a better book than the other rebuttal type book I purchased at the same time - Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God. The author, Thomas D. Williams is simply a better writer than the other authors are.

With that said, I offer the opinion that the Atheist Hitchens was too much of the focus. It is obvious that Atheist Hitchens hates God, which distracts from his arguments especially considering he hates something he claims does not exist. In the same manner, I was distracted in my reading by the author's continual reference and scathing comments to Atheist Hitchens. The reader would have been better served without a personal agenda. At least the author got it off his chest.

In addition, I would submit that the book is too broad in scope. That is, too many chapters/topics with too little said about each one. It would have been better for me to have just a few major topics and then to really dig deep and provide us the answers we deserve. The topics presented are very important and very complex. A two or three page cursory address is neither sufficient nor compelling.

Nevertheless, I believe the author did a commendable job overall and will be recommending this book to my friends.

I hope you find this review helpful

Michael L. Gooch - Author of Wingtips with Spurs
A great argument for atheism!!  Nov 26, 2008
Thsi book stands as a vindication of all of the negative things said about religion in general and theologians in particular that any atheist has ever committed to paper, film or the internet.

There is a tradition of rigorous logical analysis in the Catholic church, but it seems to have passed Mr. Williams by.

He even sinks so low as to pull out the old "why do atheists hate God?" riff.

There is nothing in this book that warrants respect. Williams asking how atheism leads to morality is like asking how not playing soccer leads to aerobic fitness.

Every page is stained with another example of such specious, immature or wrong-headed attempts at argument.

Perhaps Williams would have written another book if he understood that atheism is LACK of belief; it is not, itself a belief.

But then, Williams' foolishness is not that he can't come up with any evidence for his God; maybe existing without leaving evidence is in the nature of God. The foolishness lies in being a theologian who can't recognize this most basic aspect of theism: faith.

The book is nothing but weasel words spinning around and around, never getting to the point, because he can't refute the atheist authors he presumes to try to challenge.

Theology has no factual basis, it is true, but it succeeds when the wisdom and bravery of its speculations reveal something of the greatness and tragedy of the human condition. Williams here displays all the intellect and subtelty of a "Jesus saves" bumper sticker.

I write this review for open-minded atheists who might be looking for a respectable attempt to justify belief in a God, believers who want to read good reasons for their faith and any others who want to know if there is an intellectual component to theism, particularly Christianity.
Look elsewhere!
Any greasy-haired, cadillac-driving TV evangelist with a Josh McDowell book or one of C.S. Lewis' silly apologetics could do better, with far fewer pretensions.

I think what bothered me most about this book was the intellectual laziness of it and by implication, the patronizing tone.

I suggest John Polkinghorne, Ken Wilber, Hans Kung or Reinhold Niebuhr if you want to read intelligent theism.

If you would like to explore Christianity as a spiritual adult, Tom Harpur's books "The Pagan Christ" and "Water Into Wine" will challenge you to cast aside fairy tales for the challenging core of meaning at the centre of the Gospels. If Christianity has a future, it lies in this direction.

If you're interested in the fatal flaw of a certain flavour of atheism, read Chris Hedges' wonderful "I Don't Believe in Atheists".
Thought-provoking, but needs more Biblical support  Nov 7, 2008
"Greater Than You Think" by Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD systematically and intellectually refutes several objections to the Christian faith, God and organized religion voiced by well-known atheists. These 27 questions are comprehensively grouped by topic: Religion; Religion and Society; Faith - Science - Reason; Christianity; and Atheism. The questions and answers offer food for thought and opportunity to formulate our own responses to these questions so that we may "always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence." (1 Peter 3:15-16) The author beautifully ends this book with that very scripture verse and the same Biblical advice, making this a worthwhile read, although I would have appreciated Biblical references in the answers to the questions, themselves.
Outstanding  Oct 23, 2008
There appears no editorial review of this book anywhere I looked, and in my eyes reviewers miss a little book whose author really did his homework and presents the result in a most concise and readable manner.

The book's title (and its cover design) is a takeoff on Christopher Hitchens's "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything", but is, as "Greater Than You Think", instead ingratiating, leaving to the reader to "think" to whom it refers and whom it addresses, compared to the crude, absolutist, and indeed poison-spewing title by Hitchens. It makes me wonder whence his reputation as a wordsmith.

The reviewed author of course counters the recent atheist "bestsellers...accompanied by reams of lesser works, attesting to the power of atheism as the newest cottage industry" (p.xii). He takes these wonderfully apart and supplies cogent arguments against them. This may be the more rewarding considering that he is a clergyman, of whom usually is no more expected than a defense of his religion as compatible with scientific contentions, for an approach that might be exemplified in the book I last reviewed here.

To be sure, author Williams and myself strongly part company in that I am of Jewish birth and, though a theist, am not an adherent of any organized religion. This means I am decidedly in disagreement with him about his justifications for his persuasions. He offers reasonable arguments for the historicity of Jesus and to some extent of the events associated with him. Perhaps not surprisingly, although he mentions the atheist complaint regarding inconsistencies in the Gospels, he doesn't respond to it. The accuracy of those writings then is doubtful, let alone a proof of the divinity in question. As indicated, he doesn't shy away from reason in demonstrating the validity of one's position, defending for instance (p.92) the attempted proofs by Aquinas. But he is less than logical when defending proselytizing as "believers' insistence on trying to share their beliefs with others and to convince them of their truth" (p.57), using as example (p.59) the possible discovery of "a cure for cancer or AIDS", which one "would be negligent not to" inform others about.

One can hardly speak in the same breath of "believers", "their beliefs", and correspondingly "their truth" without inconsistency. A medical discovery must be well substantiated before even attempted to be applied to patients. Plausibly the author writes, regarding God's existence, (p.89), "The difference between belief and nonbelief...often reflects a deeper willingness or unwillingness to venture into a domain where we do not hold all the cards in our hands" or (p.94), "A simple analysis of the facts cannot compel a person to belief or unbelief". I happen to dispute this impossibility of a proof, finding one in fact quite simple, but go into the matter elsewhere.

Now I just want to add congratulations to the author for his praiseworthy elucidation of his stand.

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