Here are my thoughts on the books I've been reading recently.
Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter
I've already posted a review of this excellent book. It's well worth buying and reading.
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science by Tom Bethell
I posted a brief review of this book previously.
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
I finally broke down and read it. The story was interesting, though not as good as you'd expect for a book that has sold so many copies. Of course, it's also packed with lies. I'd already read the rebuttal below, so I could pick most of them out as I went along. The book attacks Christianity with all sorts of historical and theological nonsense.
The DaVinci Code: Fact or Fiction by Paul Maier and Hank Hannegraf
This short book debunks the basic historical inaccuracies of the DaVinci Code. It also provides a basic defense of the truth of Christianity. You can hear a talk that summarizes the book here.
Discussing the DaVinci Code by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole
This book covers much of the same territory as the previous one. It uses four interviews to help discover the truth. As this book was published recently, it summarizes the results of the many other books debunking the DaVinci Code.
The Ezekiel Option by Joel Rosenberg
This book is like the DaVinci Code, except not full of crap. It's a political thriller that's like Tom Clancy meets Left Behind. The plot revolves around the war of Gog and Magog that is prophesied in the book of Ezekiel. You may want to start with the two books that precede this one, The Last Jihad and The Last Days.
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Journalist turned pastor Lee Strobel has written a systematic defense of Christianity. He conducts a series of interviews with experts in many different fields. He covers eyewitness, documentary, corroborating, scientific, and rebuttal evidence. Specifically concerning Jesus, he discusses identity, psychological, profile, and fingerprint evidence. He discusses the resurrection with medical evidence, the missing body, appearances, and circumstance. The book is both important and compelling. Unfortunately, far too few Christians know that such a systematic defense of the faith even exists. This book is essential reading for both Christians and non-Christians.
The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
Strobel follows up on The Case for Christ by addressing common objections to Christianity. He covers the problem of pain, miracles, evolution, church history, and more. The book has much good material, but its defense of church history is lacking. The author too readily makes concessions concerning episodes including the crusades, when better defenses exist.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
These classic stories are both entertaining and uplifting. While they are set in a fictional world, the Christian worldview behind the stories is apparent. Unlike some more modern children's fare, actions have consequences, and misdeeds are punished. Lewis's occasional swipes at public schools are also enjoyable.
Impostor by Bruce Bartlett
Former Reagan administration official Bartlett writes about the lack of fiscal conservatism in the current administration. Spending, including non-defense spending has actually increased faster now than during the Clinton administration. Beyond this, the long-term costs of entitlement programs is astronomical. The present value cost of Social Security and Medicare is 80 trillion dollars. The new Medicare prescription drug program has contributed significantly to that total. I disagreed with parts of the book, including his position on free trade, and his advocacy of a European-style Value Added Tax (VAT).
The Worm in the Apple by Peter Brimelow
Brimelow profiles teachers' unions, and in particular, the NEA in this fine book. He explains all the ways that unions damage education. He also exposes their extreme left wing agenda. The section that destroys the union goal of "reducing class size" is particularly excellent.
Wilson's War by Jim Powell
Powell adequately deconstructs the disaster that was World War I. Millions of people were slaughtered needlessly. The war made it possible for communists to take control of Russia and created many of the conditions that set the stage for Hitler's rise to power. Powell shows how Woodrow Wilson's blunders prolonged the war and led to these disastrous results. He blames interventionism, though to me it seems that idealism combined with interventionism was what precipitated the disaster.
Have you read any good books lately?