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God is Good for You : A defence of Christianity in troubled times - Greg Sheridan

God is Good for You

A defence of Christianity in troubled times

Paperback Published: 25th July 2018
ISBN: 9781760632601
Number Of Pages: 368

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At a time of crisis for Christianity in the West, God is Good for You shows just why we need faith in our world.

The Judeo-Christian tradition has created and underpinned the moral and legal fabric of Western civilisation for more than 2000 years, yet now we've reached a point in both Australia and many parts of the West where Christianity has become a minority faith rather than the mainstream belief. It's a situation that's fraught both for Christians and our wider society, where the moral certainties that were the foundation of our institutions and laws are no longer held by the majority.

At this point of crisis for faith, God is Good For You shows us why Christianity is so vital for our personal and social well-being, and how modern Christians have never worked so hard to make the world a better place at a time when their faith has never been less valued. It carries a vital torch for Christianity in a way that's closely argued, warmly human, good humoured yet passionate, and, above all, convincing.

About the Author

Greg Sheridan is Foreign Editor of The Australian, and a highly regarded journalist. He is active across radio and television, as well as print.

If you don't know where you came from ...

5

This book is an excellent read. The style itself is casual yet engaging while dealing with significant content. Sheridan does not hector but gently informs from what would appear to be a vast reservoir of thought and reading on his subject matter. There are even some laugh out loud moments (like his simile: "as safe as an undergraduate degree at a university with trigger warnings"). The second half of the book is like being at a dinner party with many of the movers and shakers of Australian society. Think: Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten, Penny Wong, Christine Keneally to name just some, and prominent clerical figures - Rod McArdle, Anthony Fisher - are in there too. But this is no ordinary Australian dinner party where people discuss the footy and the weather. Here, the leaders of Australian society reflect on what makes them tick; their innermost thoughts and motivations are revealed and it truly does (surprising though that may sound) make for riveting reading. Sheridan's exegesis, of the role of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the evolvement of Western society should be compulsory reading for all who claim: "Religion does more harm than good". Again, without hectoring, Sheridan circumscribes history such that the pivotal role of Christianity in the formation of a just society is illuminated. In my opinion, this book should be on the reading list for senior students in all faith-based Christian schools and, ideally, far beyond. If we don't know where we came from how can we know where we are going? I'm off to buy another copy of this book for a friend whose birthday is coming up. I'm not going to loan out my copy; I want to read it again!

Melbourne

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God is Good indeed!

5

Greg Sheridan explores this difficult but critically important topic with refreshing balance, objectivity and reason. It should be compulsory reading for anyone with an interest in Western Civilisation, comparative religion, explanations for the history and current state of the world and hope for the future

Bendigo

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A must for all Australians

5

In 'God is Good for You', Greg Sheridan shows that he understands Australian society and its history, and is on top of faith in society. He argues his point well, based not just upon his personal experience, but also his broad range of contacts and associates of all persuasions. A hard-to-put-down book.

Melbourne

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Underlying strength of the world - God

5

Tend to read current affairs articles rather than books. Usually confine myself to Politics and Cricket. Mr Sheridan, however, has always impressed me as The Australian's Foreign Affairs editor and a guest Sky expert commentator that I felt compelled to read his new book. It was even better than I anticipated and taught me a great deal about Christianity and God in the world, its impact, its challenges and the future. As a non-practising Catholic it endorsed many of my own pre-existing beliefs and broadened my mind in relation to opposing views. A superlative read.

Perth WA

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Challenging read.

5

If you are prepared to have your preconceived ideas challenged, read this book.

Canberra

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Wonderfully written

5

Put to use in everyday life.

Sunshine Coast Qld

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Book of the Year.

5

Shared the book with a neighbour, who shared it with her neighbour. They both enjoyed it so much they have bought copies for themselves & family. I kept going back & re reading chapters time & time again.

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Religion is in decline but not all is bad.

5

A good overview about mainly Christianity in its many forms in Australia today -- it's blossoming as well as its decline. Greg Sheridan, though very balanced in his theme, asks some intriguing questions along the way. An excellent read with little to no bias or preaching. Very objective but well written. The reader feels always eager to read the next chapter.

Gatton 4343

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Really good read

4

Really enjoyed the logical sequence of thoughts.

Perth

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Great

5

Great

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ISBN: 9781760632601
ISBN-10: 1760632600
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 25th July 2018
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN ACADEMIC
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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