Dinesh D'Souza. What's So Great about Christianity (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2009). ISBN: 9781596985179
THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 1. Spring 2010. Volume 28.
Date Posted July 10, 2010
D'Souza does an admirable job of answering so important a question. Few people have answered this question better. What he does is to review history and correct the revisionism that has been occurring in our time. He traces history from the cross through the dark ages, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Reformation to the present. He cites many of the struggles as the Church engaged the immoral cultures and nations with which it came in contact. He points out that though the church paid a price in many cases, the victory was always won. His view of Church history is positive and certainly supports the optimistic power of the Gospel of Christ. This optimism is often lacking in today's evangelical and fundamentalist literature. He also discusses the atheists of our age who are critical of the Gospel and our Christ, and who condemn the Church. If you want to know more about the "four horsemen" of atheism, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Bennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, D'Souza would be a good place to start.
These atheists are the new enemy of the Church who are trying to get many pagan customs, such as infanticide, restored within our society. He also points out that they are encouraging the sexual revolution which has been racking the Western culture for years. What is the basis for their atheism and immorality? The answer is evolutionary theory, which has now been debunked. D'Souza does an excellent job on their atheistic nonsense and faith in evolution. In the process, he shows that history has been littered with many false ideas which the Church conquered. Still, he makes it clear that atheism is an enemy of epic strength. He points out that in reality, it is a battle of philosophy and not science. While D'Souza is unnecessarily broad in his acceptance of possibilities regarding creation, and as such is not a young-earth creationist, he is a worthwhile resource and a friend of the faith.
This book is a must for pastors who do not have time to do deep research on the impact of the Church on human history and society. As far as history is concerned, it was the Gospel light of Christ that made the difference, and not science or human philosophy. He does a very thoughtful job, provides ample research, and his style is easy to understand and follow.