American Book Publishing
Donald R. Wilson offers some compelling ideas in Because I Think, I Believe. In this relatively short work, Wilson presents Christian views on subjects that include Darwinism, consistency in the Bible, and the historical significance of many biblical events. His book isnít just written to believing Christians, but also to the skeptics and those he believes are honestly searching for truth in life. Wilson offers deep and incredibly logical explanations for some of Christianityís biggest questions and criticisms.
Because I Think, I Believe is just what Wilson describes it as, a personal Christian manifesto. The ideas presented are his personal principles, the ones that he feels make the most sense in our world. Each chapter focuses on one idea, with a number of sections within each chapter detailing more specific information. Wilson also uses plenty of biblical and scholarly sources to support his message. He doesnít use them because he offers no points of his own, rather, so that they will provide varied insights into his ideas. The most impacting part of Wilsonís book comes at the conclusion. He ends the last chapter by talking about his personal experiences with doubt and complacency. This drives home the notion that these arenít just highbrow theological ideas, but the real, rational beliefs of a man who has lived through the tough questions.
Wilsonís manifesto does have a few stylistic issues, however. He makes the claim that his writing is meant for the everyday reader and that his work is straightforward enough for all to understand. In reality, this is a book you need to read with a full pot of coffee next to you to keep you focused. Wilsonís writing has many profound details in it, but they can be lost under highly technical and confusing rhetoric. You need to pay attention to everything that he has written. Wilson also has a strange, and most likely unintentional, portrayal of women. In a few paragraphs Wilson calls atheists and other kinds of non-believers ďsheĒ instead of using a more general term. Wilson most likely doesnít have an anti-women agenda, but this small issue may cause some tension.
Because I Think, I Believe should have a place on every Christianís bookshelf. Wilson offers well-thought defenses for many of the questions that both Christians and critics ask. Despite some muddled paragraphs and a few chapters that drag, Wilson shows a real and heartfelt knowledge of the strengths of Christianity. I would recommend this book to everyone who has questions about the real meaning of Christianity or about their own faith, as well as to those who want help defending their beliefs. Ė Todd Naevestad, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In the first century A.D., a Jewish-leader-turned-Christian named Paul warned that the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. It sounds as if Paul was predicting the twenty-first century, a time when many believe there is no God and all things can be explained by natural causes. Paul went on to warn, But you must keep your head. Because I Think, I Believe is about keeping your head in an era of atheism, humanism, naturalism, Darwinism, mysticism, spiritualism and any number of personal isms. More than the typical apology for Christianity, this book is a readable walk through the logic behind how we see our world. It takes the reader through a progression of thought from the indisputable things about life that we know from birth, step-by-step to the inescapable truth about God and reality. In a world where everyone claims their own personal philosophy about life and truth, what s yours? Do you really have one? Do you know whether it stands up to the scrutiny of reason? Proceed with caution. This book could change your view of life and your perception of the world around you.