Book Review: A Search For Truth

A Search For Truth, by Ray Weaver Sr.

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/WestBow Press in exchange for an honest review.]

There are at least a few reasons to appreciate this book, which falls into the general genre of apologetics from someone who professes a belief in the Bible [1] and who also demonstrates a strong interest in philosophy common to those engaging in apologetics.  For one, the book is short, and those who like reading books quickly and finding occasional thought-provoking comments will at least find something to enjoy here.  For another, this author shares with many self-published authors a certain desire to prove oneself by quoting a lot of more recognized thinkers and writers, and so this book is in some ways a compendium of what others say about the search for truth through both philosophy and divine revelation.  These are all good reasons to appreciate this book, in that it gives honor to the best book and that it reminds and quotes better books than it is, and if that is a lesser virtue than to actually be a great book itself, it is at least some virtue and some reason for this book to be read profitably and at least somewhat enjoyably, and that is nothing to ridicule.

The contents of this book are somewhat mixed.  The book begins with a surprising and admirable exploration of various philosophical approaches to searching for truth that demonstrate either that the author has done the hard work of reading Aristotle and Plato or that he has at least read competently about such philosophers.  Ironically enough, given the author’s and reviewers shared view in the importance of scripture, the book takes a turn for the worse when the author seeks to defend a set of statements about specific interpretations of the Bible, namely a tedious and inaccurate discussion of the Trinity.  At that point the author demonstrates a stronger interest in defending his own particular and erroneous set of beliefs about the Bible than searching for truth.  This sort of material demonstrates that the author is not engaged in a search for truth at all, much less an encouragement to others who seek truth, but rather the author believes that he has the truth and his both tragically mistaken and strident in this misguided belief.  At that point, the reader, if he does not already share the beliefs of the writer, is glad that the book is mercifully short and does not drag on endlessly.

So how would this book have been a better one?  For one, it appears that the best parts of this book, whether biblical citations or quotations from other books, come from other writers aside from this book’s author.  Likewise, it appears as if the author was rather poor at titling his book, as “A Defense Of Truth” or “In Defense Of Biblical Truth” would have been a far more accurate description and preparation for the book’s materials than the misguidingly seeker-friendly “A Search For Truth.”  It is of vital importance that authors are honest about their aims and intents, and when an author gives a strongly misleading title to his material, and one that is in direct contradiction to his actual approach to biblical truth as he understands it, it undercuts his aims to speak authoritatively about the Bible or about truth.  Those who speak truth must themselves be truthful people of integrity.  Then again, it is possible this problem was simply an accident, the natural result of someone who has read well attempting his hand at writing and finding the task somewhat beyond his modest competence.  These may be the errors of a beginner, and not of someone who is deliberately trying to preach and promote error, and therefore it is to be hoped that the author learns from the effort and puts forth better and more successful effort in the future if persists in being a writer.

[1] See, for example:

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