Wednesday, September 21, 2011
MrsDrPoe: Has God Spoken?
It's time for another Reading Review here at the blog. For your entertainment, I present another book that I received free from BookSneeze, "Has God Spoken?: Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration" by Hank Hanegraaff:
This book was a relatively easy read, containing about 290 pages of text and an additional fifty pages of notes; in it Hanegraaff discusses various reasons why the Bible is truth and divinely inspired. He mostly addresses issues brought up by opponents to his position through the use of acronyms: MAPS for the ‘big picture,’ COPIES, SPADE, STARS, and LIGHTS for the main ideas, and various others for minor points. He also includes the Legacy Reading Plan introduction and chart to encourage daily Bible reading.
I appreciated the overall intent of this work, as well as the use of mnemonic devices to aid in remembrance of the various points made. There were several historical and geographical bits of information that I gleaned from the first three sections of the book; my favorite chapter (12) was on the “succession of nations.” I do not agree with the summary on the back of the book jacket, however, as it seems that in this work divine inspiration is not defended with “gentleness and respect” but instead with pride and arrogance. At times it seems like Hanegraaff has a person vendetta against those who oppose his view (particularly Bart Ehrman). Not only is this the incorrect way to defend our belief in Christ and the written word of God, but it seems like the drive to be right also causes the author to choose defenses that are weak, if not altogether contrary to the scriptures (ex: flood arguments). I would recommend this book to Christians interested in the subject; however, I would caution them to read it with an open Bible.
Have you read any good books lately?