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God, Actually

Roy Williams
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Roy Williams

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A fascinating and topical book in which the author harnesses his legal skills to analyse the arguments for and against the existence of God.

God, Actually is a highly original and eclectic book about Christianity, covering a wide range of subjects. Williams doesn't preach to the converted or attempt to browbeat sceptics. Instead, he persuades using rational argument drawn from non-religious sources: physics, chemistry and biology; politics, history and sociology; music, novels, poetry and film.

In part the book is a counter to the recent bestsellers by atheists like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, and shows that belief in Christianity can and should be based on logical deductions from known facts. It is not a matter of ignorant superstition or blind faith.
Praise for God, Actually:

"Full marks go to Roy Williams, who has written an antidote to Richard Dawkins and Christopher HitchensThis is a well-argued and sensible approach to Christianity."
- Bruce Elder, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19-20 July 2008

"Of course the entire book is a piece of proselytising, albeit of the lowest key, the humblest kind you may experience That's Williams' advantage. We have heard many of the messages before, but this time the tone is respectful and correct, though he is never apologetic for the faith that has transformed him."
- Jill Rowbotham, The Weekend Australian, 12-13 July 2008

"It's time for believers to stand up and be counted. That's what former legal eagle and author Roy Williams does in this very sane, well argued book Williams mounts a passionate but tightly reasoned defence of religious faith in the 21st century he sifts through the evidence and confidently deconstructs the debate."
- Phil Brown, Brisbane News, 2-8 July 2008

"Williams has not only done a lot of hard thinking and reading, he has the lietrary skills to do justice to his views. In one sense, this book is a reply to the trenchant critiques of religion by writers such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. It is also the story of Williams' own journey from atheism to Christianity. While informed by this personal perspective, Williams argues his case like the lawyer he is The value of the book, whether you agree with it or not, is that it forces you to take up the challenge and justify your own views on God's existence."
- Fiona Capp, The Age (Melbourne), 19 July 2008

"You don't need blind faith to enjoy this book. Nor does it browbeat skeptics. Instead, God, Actually is a long-overdue, highly invigorating enquiry into Christianity and the debates surrounding the existence of God. If you're sick of hearing that religion doesn't work because it's not rational, you can draw a breath of relief."
- Doubleday Australia Book Club, August 2008

"There are few things in God, Actually with which I would quarrel I am encouraged that an intelligent Australian has risen to the challenges posed by the 'New Atheists' and responded with such an articulate and reasoned defence of Christian faith. I hope that God, Actually will be read with as much attentiveness as The God Delusion."
- Bishop Tom Frame, Director, St Mark's National Theological Centre

"Williams writes wittily wisely ably."
- Kevin Hart, The Australian Literary Review, 2 July 2008

"A painstakingly honest and thoughtful book. And wherever you sit on the believer-nonbeliever spectrum, it demands close attention for the respect demonstrated by the author for his readers God, Actually is a book that will stir ferocious argument and debate. It is erudite, wide-ranging, reasoned and reasonable, and asks only that its observations and arguments be approached with an open mind."
- Diana Simmonds, Sydney Alumni Magazine, Spring 2008

"The book is a very considerable achievement. It is exceptionally well-written, and carefully nuanced on all the crunch points."
- Graham N. Stanton, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge, Letter to the author, 22 July 2008

"I thought that God, Actually was one of the best statements of reasoned faith that I have read. I loved it."
- Rev. Tim Costello, Chief Executive, World Vision Australia, Letter to the author, 19 September 2008

"incredibly well researched."
- Joseph Smith, Sydney Anglican Media, 22 September 2008


All quotes courtesy of the author



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About "God, Actually"

A fascinating and topical book in which the author harnesses his legal skills to analyse the arguments for and against the existence of God.

God, Actually is a highly original and eclectic book about Christianity, covering a wide range of subjects. Williams doesn't preach to the converted or attempt to browbeat sceptics. Instead, he persuades using rational argument drawn from non-religious sources: physics, chemistry and biology; politics, history and sociology; music, novels, poetry and film.

In part the book is a counter to the recent bestsellers by atheists like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, and shows that belief in Christianity can and should be based on logical deductions from known facts. It is not a matter of ignorant superstition or blind faith.
Praise for God, Actually:

"Full marks go to Roy Williams, who has written an antidote to Richard Dawkins and Christopher HitchensThis is a well-argued and sensible approach to Christianity."
- Bruce Elder, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19-20 July 2008

"Of course the entire book is a piece of proselytising, albeit of the lowest key, the humblest kind you may experience That's Williams' advantage. We have heard many of the messages before, but this time the tone is respectful and correct, though he is never apologetic for the faith that has transformed him."
- Jill Rowbotham, The Weekend Australian, 12-13 July 2008

"It's time for believers to stand up and be counted. That's what former legal eagle and author Roy Williams does in this very sane, well argued book Williams mounts a passionate but tightly reasoned defence of religious faith in the 21st century he sifts through the evidence and confidently deconstructs the debate."
- Phil Brown, Brisbane News, 2-8 July 2008

"Williams has not only done a lot of hard thinking and reading, he has the lietrary skills to do justice to his views. In one sense, this book is a reply to the trenchant critiques of religion by writers such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. It is also the story of Williams' own journey from atheism to Christianity. While informed by this personal perspective, Williams argues his case like the lawyer he is The value of the book, whether you agree with it or not, is that it forces you to take up the challenge and justify your own views on God's existence."
- Fiona Capp, The Age (Melbourne), 19 July 2008

"You don't need blind faith to enjoy this book. Nor does it browbeat skeptics. Instead, God, Actually is a long-overdue, highly invigorating enquiry into Christianity and the debates surrounding the existence of God. If you're sick of hearing that religion doesn't work because it's not rational, you can draw a breath of relief."
- Doubleday Australia Book Club, August 2008

"There are few things in God, Actually with which I would quarrel I am encouraged that an intelligent Australian has risen to the challenges posed by the 'New Atheists' and responded with such an articulate and reasoned defence of Christian faith. I hope that God, Actually will be read with as much attentiveness as The God Delusion."
- Bishop Tom Frame, Director, St Mark's National Theological Centre

"Williams writes wittily wisely ably."
- Kevin Hart, The Australian Literary Review, 2 July 2008

"A painstakingly honest and thoughtful book. And wherever you sit on the believer-nonbeliever spectrum, it demands close attention for the respect demonstrated by the author for his readers God, Actually is a book that will stir ferocious argument and debate. It is erudite, wide-ranging, reasoned and reasonable, and asks only that its observations and arguments be approached with an open mind."
- Diana Simmonds, Sydney Alumni Magazine, Spring 2008

"The book is a very considerable achievement. It is exceptionally well-written, and carefully nuanced on all the crunch points."
- Graham N. Stanton, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge, Letter to the author, 22 July 2008

"I thought that God, Actually was one of the best statements of reasoned faith that I have read. I loved it."
- Rev. Tim Costello, Chief Executive, World Vision Australia, Letter to the author, 19 September 2008

"incredibly well researched."
- Joseph Smith, Sydney Anglican Media, 22 September 2008


All quotes courtesy of the author


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Roy Williams

One of Australia's emerging public intellectuals and writers, Roy Williams' distinguished 20-year career in the legal profession was cut short in 2004 when he experienced a life-changing illness. Forced to leave the law, he took time to recuperate before deciding to become a writer. His book reviews appear regularly in The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. He also contributes to Australian Literary Review, Dissent and Inside Sport, he recently authored God Actually.
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"Thought provoking reading"
5 stars By Georgina, Jul 10 2008
What a fantastic book!  This book provides a clear and compelling summary of many of the relevant facts and science regarding the existence of God.  If, like myself, you  would like to better understand the reasons for your belief, then this book provides a logical argument that can withstand strong debate.



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God, Actually
4 stars By Heather, Jul 06 2008
This has been one of the best and most sustainably objective books to investigate the Christian faith, written not primarily for Christians, but for atheists and sceptics. Mr Williams describes his own journey to faith and reveals how, using his legal skills, he uncovered the evidence that led him to accept the most likely scenario: God most probably does exist and Jesus most probably was who he said he was. As a scientist myself, and an academic in psychology, I found this book to be sound in its discussion of science and its understanding of the limits of human thinking.

As a person of considerable theological training I also found his insights profound and enlarging to my mind. There were a couple of points with which I could not biblically agree, but overall I have put this down to Mr Williams' journey and his current place along that journey. He has done us all a favour and stood up to be counted for Christ, in the face of much opposition. A great insight can be gained by observing his interaction with Atheists on the Richard Dawkins website. He showed himself to be a man of gentlenss and respect who was ready and willing to give the reasons for the hope he has.

Read it with an open mind, remember to always use critical thinking skills, and be encouraged to have faith in Jesus our Lord.
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Superb lay Australian exposition of the arguments for God
5 stars By AdrianC, Jun 25 2008
I strongly recommend this clearly written book for anyone who wants to understand the arguments for the existence of God, and for the divinity of Jesus.  This applies whether you are currently a Christian or a sceptic, but particularly if you are somewhere in between - unsure and uninformed, and not sure where to start. 

The book is well researched and explains the standard arguments.  But the author also has some interesting original ideas, such as his argument that the existence of Love is evidence of the existence of God.

If you are already a Christian, the book might help to strengthen your existing faith by removing any nagging doubts about, for example, the implications of science.  

Or the book will be invaluable in preparing you for Christian witness by arming you with clear and logical responses to the standard doubts, arguments and criticisms raised by those who are unsure or sceptical.  For example, the Chapter on suffering is the best explanation I have heard or read for that perennial but difficult question: "If there is a God, why does he allow innocent people to suffer?"  

Even if you do not need any convincing yourself, I think this would be a great book to buy for that intelligent non-Christian friend, relative or acquaintance who might have an open mind, but can't get past their "rational" doubts. It is written by a lay Australian lawyer who only converted late in life - and should therefore appeal to secular Australian readers.

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A great book for Christians and sceptics alike
5 stars By Kylie Giblett, Jun 22 2008
The Bible tells us to "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15). In the recently released "God, Actually", author Roy Williams takes up this challenge and gives the reasons for his faith in Jesus Christ. Along the way, he addresses many of the "stumbling blocks" that contemporary, secular Australians have in relation to Christianity, including:

1. Hasn't science disproved Christianity?
2. How can you prove that Jesus really existed as a historical person?
3. Surely we can no longer believe in the physical resurrection of Christ?
4. If a benevolent God exists, why does he allow so much suffering in the world?
5. How can I take Christianity seriously when I don't agree with the views of right wing "Christian" politicians?
6. What about other religions?

Both Christians and sceptics alike will benefit from Williams' clear and well-written discussion of these and many other issues. An excellent read.
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Answers to your questions about God and Christ's existence
5 stars By Michael Quinlan, Jun 17 2008
"God, Actually" is the first book written by Roy Williams.  Williams was a lawyer for 20 years and what he has assembled in this book is a persuasive, carefully and logically put together proof for the existence of God and the historical reality of Jesus Christ's life, miracles, death and resurrection.

Importantly for Australian readers Williams is an Australian and he writes for a general Australian audience in Australian language and has been published by a general Australian publisher, ABC Books.

As the book has only just been published - it bears a June 2008 publication date - it is completely up to date.  In the section dealing with the existence of God, Williams examines the latest scientific evidence in relation to the foundation of the Universe and  the creation of man.  He does not shy away from a careful and critical examination of "intelligent design".

This book will appeal to all readers interested in a modern and robust discussion of the rational bases for believing in God and the historical evidence for Jesus Christ being His Son.  It is a very readable book and made so particularly by the very personal anecdotes and honesty that pervades the book.  Believing Christians will find the book to be faith affirming and, particularly in the section on politics and Christianity, challenging.

The book is not designed to offend or to indoctrinise.  It is an ecumenical Christian work expressing the author's personal position on a range of religious issues.  Very Good 
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  • Catalogue Code 279084
  • Product Code 9780733322921
  • ISBN 0733322921
  • EAN 9780733322921
  • Pages 384
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Abc Books
  • Publication Date Jun 2008
  • Sales Rank #3592
  • Dimensions 232 x 152 x 26 mm
  • Weight 0.548kg

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