I have come across the author before during a course on stress management and decided to download this audio book. It is read by the author and he has a very pleasant easy-going voice and a great deal of experience in presenting this type of material. The result is that he gets the information across well.
As the concepts require thinking about, it is worth putting aside a bit of time to actually listen to the content: I found myself listening more than once and still enjoying it. Putting the concepts into practice is very rewarding.
All in all a very good listen / read
As an ex-atheist with a scientific mind and no time for sentimental and wishy washy drivel, that had driven me away from and kept me away from serious thought about God and existence, it is a huge relief to come across writings (or readings in this case) that actually address in a sensible and logical way the issues surrounding belief. I can say that almost certainly if I had not been recommended to read these works (I bought the Audible version instead so as to listen in the car) - I would almost certainly not now think of myself as (it still makes me cringe to say it) a convert. Yes it was written decades ago, but clear thinking that addresses real and timeless issues does not go out of date (although perhaps someone worthy and trustworthy of the task could rephrase some of the essays with permission of the estate?). The section on vivisection is, for example, one of the clearest pieces of reasoning I have come across, similarly that on the position of women in the church (particularly relevant at the time of my writing this review).
I think that the modern Christian church(es) seriously need someone of this kind to bring balance to the arguments: who will take up the batten?
Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. Keith Ward approaches the subject with true intellectual rigour and presents his case well. I wish there were more speakers and authors who could present the intellectual side of the Christian argument as well.
I also appreciate his critique of the very popular but intellectually poor (but rarely questioned) work of Dawking who does himself no favours with his obvious closed minded bias, but who doesn't need to in order to sell well as sadly it is never challenged in the public arena.
Great stuff, thoroughly recommended