All religions and worldviews seek to answer the fundamental questions of human existence: Why am I here? What does it mean to be human? Why is there evil in the world, and how do we deal with it? But not every worldview places equal emphasis on each issue. The main worldviews each tend to stress a different central question.
Secular humanism focuses on: What is the inherent value of human beings? Pantheism emphasizes: How do we escape suffering? Islam's main concern is: How is God great? Abdu Murray digs deeply into these three representatives of major worldviews of our day: atheism, pantheism, and theism. This lawyer and former Muslim brings compassion, understanding, and clarity to his analysis, comparing the answers of each view to the central message of Christianity.
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Great book! Abdu gives fair treatment to unpacking different worldviews, as well as unveiling the natural outworkings of those root belief systems. Defining each belief system's "Grand Central Question" about life and reality, Abdu not only peels back the layers of "why we think what we think", but drives us towards questions that will help us determine whether our paradigm of thought is logical, meaningful, and coherent. I would recommend this book to everyone and feel it would be a great conversation starter, even if you don't agree with Murray's premises and conclusions.
People from any belief should read this book as Murray brings deep ideas and makes his case about the worldviews most inportant questions in a very interesting and reader (hearer) friendly manner. I totally recommend it.
Listen more than once. Think about it. Act on it. You won't regret it... for eternity.
What did you love best about Grand Central Question?
Abdu Murray is very thoughtful in all of his explanations regarding questions that many have need to be answered. He explains Islam from his perspective as a former Muslim. This is very interesting to me, I hope that you will find it interesting as well.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Grand Central Question?
His statement that tradition or being raised to believe as your parents taught you was not adequate statement of faith. He quotes Jesus as challenging the Pharisees for their beliefs. This led him to a very critical analysis of his personal beliefs. The questions and explanations that follow make this audiobook an excellent resource for anyone Christian, Muslim, secular humanist, or pantheist to analyze what they believe and why.
What about Abdu H. Murray’s performance did you like?
The book was well presented, however the information provided is so in-depth and presented fairly rapidly that at least for me I want to take time to digest before proceeding to the next chapter. I like listening to an audiobook, but sometimes the information provided requires time to reflect. I intend to get this book in written form so that I can use many of his thoughtful points whenever given the opportunity to share my faith. I don't usually listen to an audiobook more than once. This will be an exception.
Any additional comments?
I am hopeful that they make this audiobook available for whisper sync soon.