METTLE News Weekly



Hippolite Musings

The Hippolite family are thinking of going to see the new Narnia movie after church on this Sunday 22 June at Reading Cinemas Courtenay Place.  There is a 12pm session, but we probably need to eat first, so we’ll probably go to the 1:30pm session.  Anybody want to join us there?  Drop me a line if so.  Unfortunately, it has an M-rating, otherwise I was going to organise for my Sunday School class (called PowerZone Kids) to come along with us.


Book Review


The Divinity Code


The explosive new evidence



Ian Wishart


Howling At The Moon Publishing, 2007






This is not just another ‘God’ book. This is the definitive slap-down,

slam-dunk, no-holds-barred prize title-fight between the Divine and Richard Dawkins.


Take a ringside seat as investigative journalist Ian Wishart presents the

explosive scientific and historical evidence of a divinity code – an “inconvenient

truth” that Dawkins and others have no credible explanation for, evidence that

is turning both science and religion on their heads


Is there a rational explanation for the existence of the Universe, given the

latest data? How did life arise? What about the evolution/design controversy?

Aren’t all religions equal? Did Jesus Christ even exist?


Written in Wishart’s acclaimed page-turner style, THE DIVINITY CODE is

punchy, informative and easy-to-read…


On the whole, I really liked this book, although Ian nearly lost me in the first chapter.  It seems that Ian is a Creationist like me, but an old-Earth compromiser.  I wasn’t able to discern from this book alone whether he believes the dinosaurs where created millions of years ago (with the problem of death before Adam’s sin), but he definitely thinks there was a “gap” between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.


That aside (and it’s a big ask for me to do that) the rest of his argumentation was concise, relevant, intelligent and understandably miffed at the likes of Dawkins, Hitches, et al.


This book neatly sums up the evidence against Atheistic, Materialist Evolutionists.  Its final 2 chapters were a real wake up call for the church too.  I would have given this book a higher rating, but for his compromise on the Scriptures.




Prologue: The Dawkins Challenge

  1. The Quest for Fire
  2. In the Beginning
  3. The Moment of Creation
  4. The Improbability of Earth
  5. How Wrong Is Hitch?
  6. The Probability of God
  7. Are All Religions Equal?
  8. Supernatural Experiences in the West
  9. The Myth of Christ
  10. Did Christ Really Exist?
  11. The Gospel Truth
  12. Are Miracles Even Possible?
  13. Apocalypse Now
  14. Resurrection: Fact or Figment?
  15. The Problem of Evil
  16. Darkness At The Edge of Town
  17. The Death of Right And Wrong

Epilogue: A Rational Faith


Praise Reports

  • Tim K.’s son Justin is in Rehabilitation Ward.  He has been out for one weekend so far.  Recovery is progressing well.  Please keep him in your prayers.
  • The All Blacks soundly defeated England in the first test.


Prayer Requests

  • This government!  Wants to give you designer babies!  What happens to “defective” ones?
  • This government!  Wants to make energy-efficient light bulbs compulsory in your home!  More interference in your personal rights.
  • Please pray that I remain focussed on the goodness of Christ, rather than the rot that’s all around.


Other News


End Notes

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