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Four Letter Words takes the reader into a personal view of Christianity, its meaning, relevance in today’s sectarian world, and its promise of hope where morality is slipping. The book discusses the nature of religious truth and maintains that wherever other religions contradict biblical Christianity, they are false. There is acknowledgement that science/modernism has achieved a lot, but that modernism fails because it tries to be independent of God. It is stated that the Bible is the final word of God, proven with logic, evidence and history. Everything is based on faith, even science. The book discusses the nature of pain and the quandary this presents Christianity, implying that God is the source of all good and all evil. The question of evil is dismissed with a statement that God could obliterate all evil if he wanted to, but does not choose to do so. When dealing with the question of hell, the author nicely enumerates the shaky fabric of Christianity if hell is not real.
As an individual’s foray into Christianity, the book offers a wealth of well-researched material for the reader to think about. As a consequence though, it is also a biased and blinkered view, employing selective arguments, shaky reasoning and erroneous statements to support the author’s position. To say that God has created everything is a belief, not a fact or truth. The author states that the Bible is factual truth, whereas it has been amply demonstrated that it is not historically true at all and has many inconsistencies and contradictions. To assert that mathematics rests on assumptions that cannot be proven demonstrates an unfortunate lack of understanding. It is not clear why the author acquaints pain as an offspring of evil.
Bill Giovannetti has a flare for presenting a complex and emotive subject in a clear and concise narrative that is easily understood, whether the reader agrees with his propositions or not. There is much of value in this book, and much that must be examined with critical analysis. Of course, for those who believe without question, this book will be an affirmation of their view of God.