A digestible account of creationist beliefs peppered with distracting, incendiary comparisons with opposing viewpoints.

Evidences for God and His Creations: Nature, the Flood, and the Bible

NATURE, THE FLOOD, AND THE BIBLE: A SUMMARY APOLOGETICS BOOK ASSEMBLING A PUZZLE

Part defense of creationist beliefs, part guidebook for persuading the unbeliever.

Is the Bible to be taken as a literal account of human history or as a collection of fables and allegories? Did God create the universe? Is the Earth thousands of years old or billions? Defending the Bible as an undisputed source of scientific truth and historical accuracy, debut author Tofflemire attempts to answer these and similar questions. Beginning with an investigation of truth itself and reflections on a collection of famous philosophers, the author goes on to defend biblical beliefs ranging from the occurrence of a great flood to the existence of an intelligent designer in charge of it all. Citing a variety of authors with similar viewpoints as well as famous quotes from stalwarts such as C.S. Lewis, a condensed web is woven made up of truth found in the Bible and, subsequently, the valid set of distinctly Christian morals. These morals, the author argues, are necessary to halt the decay of society and truth as a whole: “The rise of pluralism and of tolerance of all views has caused a decrease in the respect of clear truth and increase in the belief of moral relativism.” The book is most sober when discussing the limitations of genetic mutations and other difficulties in evolution, though the work frequently gives way to incendiary language: e.g., “Neither [Judaism or Islam] has the abundance of miracles found true, that Christianity does.” Mentions of Darwin lend themselves to mentions of Hitler and Nazi Germany. But is questioning the infallibility of the Bible and the Judeo-Christian tradition, à la Friedrich Nietzsche, really akin to Nazism? While such loaded language may help to rally members of the creationist base, it seems unlikely to help aid a Christian message of love and salvation. Though commendable for mentions of a wide array of philosophers (e.g., Soren Kierkegaard and Blaise Pascal), attacks on seemingly less divisive figures (e.g., Aldous Huxley and Carl Sagan) tend to diminish the author’s goals of persuasion.

A digestible account of creationist beliefs peppered with distracting, incendiary comparisons with opposing viewpoints.

Pub Date: July 21, 2011

ISBN: 978-1463427009

Page Count: 222

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Review Posted Online: March 21, 2014

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS

AND OTHER ESSAYS

This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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