Mitchell argues for biblical literalism in this debut work examining Christianity.
God is real. He created the world and all life upon it in the span of six 24-hour days. Israel was promised by God to the descendants of Abraham and remains the capital nation of Earth. The universe was not brought into being via an accident (the Big Bang) but is rather the result of an intelligent creator whose hand can be seen in the perfect and orderly systems that govern the structure and behavior of all things. These and other realities, claims Mitchell, are true and conveniently knowable, contained within the Bible for readers’ own edification. Over the course of this book, Mitchell attempts to prove to the unbeliever how the contents of the Bible represent literal, historical, and verifiable truths and how scientists who disagree are simply spreading misinformation. The author includes a section on what she considers the mechanisms of Satan, including the works of public atheists like Richard Dawkins and the fact that people in the modern world spend too much time at work, leaving their children unattended to watch TV and listen to CDs that subject them to “unwholesome shows, news, and stories that overstimulate their curious minds.” She also includes a section on early scientists and philosophers who demonstrated some faith in God. Mitchell’s goal (and her degree of flexibility) is summed up in the introduction: “It is my fervent prayer that this book will touch those who do not believe in God….For others who are crippled by overwhelming confusion because of modern teachings by so-called intellectuals, I pray that their minds may find clarity about who God is.” The author decries modern science and biblical skepticism even as she seeks to disprove them with little more than quotes from Scripture (for example: “Through him all things were made. Without him nothing was made that has been made”; John 1:3). She uses these quotes extensively, as though no one had tried that technique before. Her arguments are messy and difficult to follow, building in one direction only to veer off into another and even stumbling into confusing contradictions. She is unlikely to convert anyone to her way of thinking with this unpolished book. Other proponents of biblical literalism will likely be disappointed in the way Mitchell represents their contentions.A religion book that denounces modern science but fails to deliver cogent arguments.