Philosopher Adam Omelianchuk just reviewed The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails and you can read his review here. Adam liked the book. For example, he writes:
“The first half of the book consists of a protracted discussion over religious epistemology, which is one of the best ‘introductions’ to the topics I’ve read….”
But what makes the review really interesting and well worth reading is the way he spins it into his own autobiographical narrative by contrasting it with a book he read to buoy up his faith twenty years ago in high school. That book, Answers for Atheists, Agnostics and Other Thoughtful Skeptics, follows the same dialogical format as Swedish Atheist which is what initially prompted the comparison. But it is the contrast between the two books that Adam highlights. While Answers for Atheists offers oversimplification and even caricature of the positions and reasoning of atheists, agnostics and skeptics, Adam observes that I am as likely to raise the ire of the Christian apologist: “Again many Christian apologists will not be happy, because Rauser is willing to countenance evidence that counts against Christian belief.”
Given that the world is often messy, ambiguous, and in need of more nuance and charity toward the views of others, I’ll take that as a compliment!