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The End of Christianity di [Dembski, William A.]
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This book is an example of philosophical theology at its best. It contains fascinating and even exciting new perspectives on the problem of evil. --Stephen T. Davis, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College

I have read very few books with its depth of insight, breadth of scholarly interaction, and significance. From now on, no one who is working on a Christian treatment of the problem of evil can afford to neglect this book. --J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University


Theodicy attempts to resolve how a good God and evil world can coexist. The neo-atheist view in this debate has dominated recent bestseller lists through books like The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), God Is Not Great (Christopher Hitchens), and The End of Faith (Samuel Harris). And their popularity illuminates a changing mental environment wherein people are asking harder questions about divine goodness. Surprisingly, these books please intelligent design champion William Dembski, because “They would be unnecessary if Christianity were not again a live issue.”

Entering the conversation, Dembski’s provocative The End of Christianity embraces the challenge to formulate a theodicy that is both faithful to Christian orthodoxy and credible to the new mental environment. He writes to make peace with three claims: (1) God by wisdom created the world out of nothing. (2) God exercises particular providence in the world. (3) All evil in the world ultimately traces back to human sin. In the process, Dembski brings the reader to a fresh understanding of what “the end (result) of Christianity” really means: the radical realignment of our thinking so that we see God’s goodness in creation despite the distorting effects of sin in our hearts and evil in the world.


"The End of Christianity towers over the others in profundity and quality . . . I have read very few books with its deep of insight, breadth of scholarly interaction, and significance. From now on, no one who is working on a Christian treatment of the problem of evil can afford to neglect this book."

—J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University and author of The God Question

A thought-provoking and well-worth reading book by a brilliant evangelical thinker on the perennial and puzzling problem of how to explain physical evil in the world before the Fall. I could not put it down. It has so much intellectually stimulating material in it.

Norman Geisler

"Believers have badly needed the kind of compelling case for biblical theodicy provided in Dr. Dembski's new book-grounded, as it is, not in traditional philosophical arguments (often not merely obtuse but irrelevant in today's scientific climate), but in intelligent design, of which Dr. Dembski is the world's foremost academic proponent."

John Warwick Montgomery

"William Dembski is a first-rate scholar who has focused his attention on the perennial challenge to Christianity: Why does God allow such evil and cruelty in the world? While staying well within the bounds of Christian orthodoxy, Dembski offers fresh insights that can truly be described as groundbreaking. Whether you end up embracing his solution or not, The End of Christianity is a book all Christians-and even non-Christians-need to wrestle with. We enthusiastically recommend it."

Josh and Sean McDowell, co-authors of Evidence for the Resurrection and More Than A Carpenter

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4.0 su 5 stelle An interesting solution to the problem of natural evil before the Fall 9 aprile 2010
Di Paul R. Bruggink - Pubblicato su
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This strangely-titled book is a speculative attempt to combine our current scientific understand of the history of planet Earth with an orthodox Christianity. William Dembski begins with a well-written survey and commentary on the current engagement of science and Christianity, including a nice summary of the spectrum of views on the Fall and natural evil.

Dembski's hypothesis is that viewing natural evil as a consequence of the Fall is entirely compatible with mainstream understandings of cosmic and natural history. At the heart of his view is the idea that the effects of the Fall can be retroactive as well as proactive, much as the saving effects of the Cross stretch not only forward in time but also backward, saving, for instance, the Old Testament saints. He suggests that his view is compatible with young-earth creationism, old earth creationism and theistic evolution (evolutionary creationism). Dembski traces the history of his view back to 1846 (J. Jay Dana) and 1851 (Edward Hitchcock)and suggests that it didn't catch on then because no one developed a coherent theory of how God could act across time.

The heart of Dembski's book is Chapter 20, where he finally gets around to discussing his kairological (time measured by purpose) interpretation of Genesis 1-3 and retroactive natural evil. "A kairological reading of Genesis preserves the young-earth creationist emphasis on tracing all evil in the world to human sin: God creates a perfect world, God places humans in that world, they sin, and the world goes haywire." However, "it must also account for how the world could go haywire before human sin. . . . An infinite God who transcends time can redeem a botched performance by acting across time. In particular, God could make effects of the Fall evident in creation so that these effects, though attributable to the Fall, come temporally prior to it. In other words, the effects of the Fall can be retroactive."

In Dembski's own words: "Genesis 1 describes God's original plan for creation. The Fall and its consequences, in subverting that plan through human rebellion, elicits no radically new creative activity from God. . . . God's immediate response to the Fall is therefore not to create anew but to control damage. The challenge God faces in controlling the damage resulting from this original sin is to make humans realize the full extent of their sin so that, in the fullness of time, we can fully embrace the redemption of Christ." To do this, "God does not merely allow personal evils to run their course subsequent to the fall. In addition, God allows natural evils to run their course prior to the Fall. Thus, God himself wills the disordering of nature, making it defective on purpose . . . to bring humanity to its senses by making us realize the gravity of sin."

" If we accept that God acts to anticipate the Fall, then, in the chronology leading up to the Fall, the world has already experienced the consequences of human sin in the form of natural evil. This seems to raise a difficulty, however, because humans who have yet to sin come into a world where natural evil is already raging. . . . The Garden of Eden, as a segregated area in which the effects of natural evil are not evident provides the way out of this difficulty. . . .The drama of the Fall unfolds in a segregated area. Genesis 2:8 refers to this area as a garden planted by God (i.e., the Garden of Eden). Now, ask yourself why God would need to plant a garden in a perfect world untouched by natural evil. Any why, once humans sin, must they be expelled from this garden and live outside it, where natural evil is present?"

I recommend this book for Christians who are exploring ways to integrate an old earth and/or biological evolution with their Christian faith. Though speculative, this is certainly one possible approach.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Dembski compares Christianity to Skeptic Doubters of God's Presence & Hope for God's Power & Control of Sin's effects Human's 22 luglio 2015
Di John - Pubblicato su
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Excellent presentation analyses of the reality "The End of Christianity" by William Dembski, compares Christianity to present day skeptics of Jesus or Bible claims of the Resurrected Savior. Jesus is at the Right Hand of God to all who trust in Jesus, for the doubters reject His provision, in the presence of so much evil in the world is the only Hope for resolution. Eventually God will make sense for us who believe in Jesus return to set up the ruling the entire world from Israel and Jerusalem as promised in the New Testament Gospels and all the rest of the New testament Letters of the Bible. How a Good God could allow such much evil in the world being in control of presence day events of all people present and in past generations around the world and God having all control over all creation.
William Dembski compares Christianity to present day skeptic doubters of God's presence and hope for God's power and control of their lives masterly deals with the issues associated logistics and philosophies with opposing belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. He deals with the arguments one by one and deals with the reasoning’s counter to the Gospel message.
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4.0 su 5 stelle It would be like teaching a donkey to juggle 3 dicembre 2015
Di D. Randall - Pubblicato su
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While I am not necessarily sold on Dembski's theory, it is a valid and interesting contribution to the understanding of the problem of the existence of natural evil and a world that seems to be designed with animal death in mind. If a "young earth" creation theory is the only one you can possibly consider, don't bother with the book. It would be like teaching a donkey to juggle. I only serves to aggravate the donkey.

I have rated it less than 5 stars on two counts. First, the theory needs further development as his "retro-active" view of the existence of pre-fall death and natural evil works to reconcile the accounts, but fails to give a rational for why God would choose to make the natural effects of the fall take place retro-actively. Possibly this can be addressed with further thought. The other issue is that sometimes Dembski rejects other alternatives much too dismissively. But I guess we all have a tendency to do that, I don't see that as fatal to the book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle intriguing, systematic, and highly intellectual 1 ottobre 2011
Di Chris Hall - Pubblicato su
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The book intrigues me and is indorsed by men I highly esteem but portions of it are written on a level beyond my intellect. Some of the facts Dembski mentions need to be explained instead of just mentioned. All readers don't have an understanding of e.g. radioactive decay and communication theory. Radioactive decay is mentioned briefly because it proves an older earth view (such as hundreds of thousands if not millions or billions of years old) but I need at least a brief explanation of what radioactive decay is and at least some plausible evidence to persuade me that it is indeed viable. Some one could say that carbon dating proves an older earth but carbon dating has been shown to be unreliable. Dembski is obviously brilliant and likely correct but I need explanation and I need it in layman's terms. Nevertheless, to those familiar with these arenas this book is a contemporary Mere Christianity. It briefly covers a range of categories addressed systematically to conclude that God exists and is good though the world is corrupt and dying.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A bridge over troubled waters for so many. 7 gennaio 2015
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Received the four copies of book in pristine condition! This book is based on a branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil. It will greatly assist anyone desiring to rationally reconcile the confusion that is extant in all cultures throughout the world regarding God and his immutable character. In this book Bill Dembski conveys a fresh understanding of what the end result of Christianity really means... a radical recalibration of our thinking so that we see God's goodness in creation despite the distorting effects of sin in our own hearts and evil in the world. So it is the problem of pain and evil that causes so many of us to stumble. This includes atheists and agnostics who many times refer to pain and evil as an excuse for not believing in God. Mr. Dembski's book removes these stumbling blocks and offers attainable, apprehensible, believable way of dealing with the problem which coincides with an orthodox view of God's creation and is consistent with scientific knowledge.