Book Review: A Shot of Faith (to the Head) by Mitch Stokes, Ph. D.

Note: This review originally appeared on my old site, leahatha.com and was published on May 24, 2012.

Image courtesy of the publisher.

Image courtesy of the publisher.

A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be A Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists (hereafter A Shot of Faith (to the Head) aims to “teach believers to defend themselves using tools from recent Christian philosophy” while “boosting the confidence of believers”. The book is divided into three parts which cover the three common arguments against faith in God:belief in God is irrational, science has proven God doesn’t exist and God doesn’t exist because evil does. Dr. Stokes explains the evidence in each chapter and provides key points at the end for the reader’s “arsenal”.

Throughout A Shot of Faith (to the Head), Dr. Stokes introduces the reader to the works of Christian philosophers Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff and Peter van Inwagen. The two most quoted cranky atheists in the book are Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens.  Dr. Stokes does an excellent job of distilling this continuing battle into a concise that builds slowly from the basics of philosophy and science into the three primary atheistic arguments.

It is my opinion that A Shot of Faith (to the Head) should be read by every Christian (young and old) in America, especially those of us who sat through years of public school science classes (and the trumpeting of the theory of evolution as fact). If you have a child in a public university, buy this book and press them to read it.  They will be on the front lines and dull arrows are useless. A Shot of Faith (to the Head) should be read just as much for it’s introduction to the tools of logic and philosophy as it’s coverage of God vs. science.  As Dr. Stokes states in the acknowledgments, this book does  ”boost faith” and is an encouragement to those of us who have a slight interest in science but have always felt that we shouldn’t. God exists. The proof is there.

If you enjoy book trailers, the trailer for A Shot of Faith (to the Head) can be found here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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