About the book
Sherif and Christian are two strangers whose paths cross by nothing more than serendipity. For their different reasons, they become companions on a journey trying to find an answer for the big question "Does God Exist?"
At the beginning of their journey, they decide that the right question to ask is "Have science and philosophy proven the inexistence of God as the creator of life and the universe?”
Through discussing the most prominent topics for answering this question, they realize a lot of misconceptions in today's common understandings and views on the subject of God.
Towards the end of their journey they realize why the approach many have taken to answer this big question can't lead to a satisfying answer. They unveil what could be the only approach to do so.
Their journey starts with philosophy, evaluating some of the key arguments for or against the possibility of the existence of God.
The science part of their journey is targeted to evaluating the need for a creator. It starts from the big bang, goes through the creation of the stars, galaxies and earth. They explores the creation of life, its evolution, and one very mysterious aspect of it; consciousness.
Although uniting people was one of the goals of the world's oldest religions, it definitely isn't the case today. Humans have found all ways to use religion to separate, build walls between people, and even lead to violence. More importantly religion has been typically used as a constituent element of researchers' work to prove or disprove God.
Throughout their journey, they realize that breaking the ties between God and religion is quite crucial when seeking answers on the topic of God.
Amazon Readers' Reviews
First I was reluctant reading Rethink God. Another book proposing same old ideologies from a new perspective to persuade you with the author's own beliefs. But I was wrong.
Let me start with what enjoyed the most, which I rarely find in books like these. There was a story. One that kept me turning pages, wanting to know what happens next. Of course, the big reveal in the end ties in with the book's subject about God, but this aspect alone made the book much more readable and exciting.
Then there were the 'debates' which range from strictly scientific to openly flawed with human emotion, and the need to believe in certain things. I can't remember the last time I've learned so much about the subject that I hadn't previously known about. The book is packed with ideas, I found myself googling and researching. I learned a lot.
Finally, do I agree with everything? No. And I think that was the author's message. It's a debate that points more at the faults in perspectives than agreeing with one side.
In a time where most of us are stubbornly one-sided with our opinions and won't even listen to the other's side of the story, I found Rethink God to be a breeze of fresh air, giving me the tools to 'rethink' the subject on my own terms.
I hope to read more of this author.
I have read many books about wether god exists or not, and have found all of them to be biased towards the preset point of view of the author. What Bahi did with this book was very refreshing and original. It is obvious that he did a ton of research and dug very deep in many topics starting from evolution, to the nature of right and wrong. While these are very heavy topics, Bahi has managed to keep the book very readable and easy to follow. He used this research in a surprisingly fair manner to serve both sides of the story, leaving it to the reader to make up their mind. The cherry on the cake is that this whole debate was wrapped in a gripping story of two friends, involving faithfulness, murder, and......OK I don't want to be a spoiler, long story short, I LOVED IT. super page turner.
Such a great book that handles very critical issues from a very different perspective, which makes you re-think about lots of things you previously took for granted!