Monday 20 March 2017

20 Answers God - Trent Horn - 20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers Book 12

20 Answers - God
20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers Book 12
Trent Horn
Catholic Answers Press
ISBN 9781941663653
eISBN 9781941663677

This was the second of the 20 Answers series that I have read that was written by Trent Horn. Trent Horn has written almost half of the 20 Answers series books. This lent I am doing the 20 Answers Challenge from Catholic Answers Series. This book on God in particular and the series in general are great reads. And if the other books by Horn in the series are as good as this and the other I have read they will be excellent reads as well. But back to this specific book, the sections in this book are:

1. What is God?
2. What are some false views of God?
3. What are God's key attributes?
4. Isn't it impossible for a being to be "all-powerful" or "all-knowing?"
5. How can God be all-good when there is so much evil and suffering in the world?
6. Hasn't science made God unnecessary?
7. Does the universe provide evidence that God exists?
8. Does the Big Bang provide evidence for the existence of God?
9. Did God create the world?
10. Doesn't evolution disprove the existence of God?
11. Do I need to believe in God in order to be a good person?
12. Does God have a body? Is God a "he"?
13. Is the God of theistic philosophers the same as the God of the Bible?
14. Can human beings become gods?
15. Does God perform miracles?
16. What is the Trinity?
17. How do we know that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are divine?
18. How is it possible for God to become a man?
19. What are some common errors about the Incarnation?
20. How can I know that God loves me?

In the introduction Trent states: "This booklet is an answer to anyone with that false, too-small idea of God: to those who say God doesn't exist or that he's just the universe; that God is a physical being like us; that God created the universe but doesn't care about it anymore.
In response to these views and others, I'll explain why Christians believe in the one true God, with evidence from reason, Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition that gives us good reason to believe in the God who is, as the Athanasian Creed tells us, "one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit . . . all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal."" And he goes on to do just that.

In the first chapter Trent states: "According to the Western philosophical tradition, God is necessary (he cannot fail to exist), infinite (without limit), eternal (not bound by time), immaterial (not bound by space), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omniscient (all-knowing). Finally, God is all-good: the perfect embodiment of the virtues of love, justice, and every other good we know." He also goes on to highlight the key false views of God, those being Polythiesm, Pantheism, and, Deism. And next he focuses on the key attributes of God Simple, Infinite, Necessary, Immutable, One, Eternal and immaterial, Omnipresent, and All-powerful and All-knowing. He also deals with questions around suffering, creation, evolution, miracles, the incarnation, and the trinity.

Trent Horn in this volume draws extensively from church history, Christian writers through the ages. He also draws from St. Thomas Aquinas and Saint Ignatius a number of times. This book is just under 65 pages. And Trent Horn does a masterful job or presenting arguments for the Christian God. 

This book is an excellent read. I look forward to reading more books in this series and other books by Trent Horn. It is written to help us understand our faith and defend it. Consider taking the challenge and read all 20 books it will change your life!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Note 2: Lent 2017 this is an amazing series of books is being offered at a 50% discount through the end of Lent 2017. But the challenge is to read the 20 books in the 20 Answers series over Lent. That is right you can get all 20 physical books or all 20 eBooks for just $34.95! If you want a way to go deeper this Lent give this series a try! #20AnswersChallenge

20 Answers Series:
20 Answers Abortion - Trent Horn
20 Answers Angels & Demons - Fr. Mike Driscoll
20 Answers Atheism - Matt Fradd
20 Answers Death & Judgement - Trent Horn
20 Answers Divorce & Remarriage - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers End of Life - Jason Negri
20 Answers Faith & Science - Trent Horn
20 Answers God - Trent Horn
20 Answers Islam - Andrew Blezad
20 Answers Jehovah's Witnesses - Trent Horn
20 Answers Mary - Tim Staples
20 Answers Miracles - Karlo Broussard
20 Answers Mormonism - Trent Horn
20 Answers Salvation - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Scripture and Tradition - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Bible - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Eucharist - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Papacy - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Real Jesus - Trent Horn

20 Answers The Church - Trent Horn
20 Answers Witchcraft & the Occult - Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Apparitions & Revelations - Michael O'Neill
20 Answers Bible Prophecy - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Homosexuality - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Reformation - Steve Weidenkopf
20 Answers The Sacraments - Fr. Mike Driscoll

20 Answers Bioethics - Stacy A. Trasancos
20 Answers Conversion - Shaun McAfee
20 Answers Faith and Works - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Anti-Catholic Myths - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers The End Times - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers The Rosary - Tom Nash
20 Answers Seasons & Feasts – Michelle Arnold
20 Answers New Age -  Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Catholic Social Teaching – Mark Brumley
20 Answers Prayer – Hugh Barbour O. Praem and Sebastian Walshe O. Praem
20 Answers Faith & Reason – Christopher Kaczor
20 Answers The New Testament – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Protestantism – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Marriage & Sex – Todd Aglialoro
20 Answers The Early Church – Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Old Testament – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Judaism – Michelle Arnold
20 Answers The Sacraments – Father Mike Driscoll

Other Books from Catholic Answers:
Hard Sayings: A Catholic Approach to Answering Bible Difficulties - Trent Horn
A Daily Defense: Apologetics Lessons for Every Day - Jimmy Akin
The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church - Rod Bennett
Answering Atheism - How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity - Trent Horn
Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk About Our Culture's Toughest Issue - Trent Horn and Fr Frank Pavone
The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism - Devin Rose
Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines - Tim Staples
Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians - James L. Papandrea
Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World - Fr. Mike Driscoll
Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith - Devin Rose
100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura - Dave Armstrong
The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Brings You to Eternal Life - Jimmy Akin
The Truth is Out There (Brendan and Erc in Exile Book 1 - Brother Amadeus and Amadeus
...Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory - Kevin Vost
Marching Orders: A Tactical Plan for Converting the World to Christ - Dan McGuire

The Fathers Know Best - Jimmy Akin
Why We're Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love - Trent Horn
The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did - Eric Sammons
What the Saints Never Said - Trent Horn

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