George Smith's "Atheism: The Case Against God" -- Critique

Our evaluation of this book is done with some limitations. Smith's major focus is on the "existence of God" question. I readily admit to ignoring this debate, and taking for granted here a stance of basic Christian theism, and I make no apologies for this. I see no reason to enter a field of debate that is crowded enough as it is, and perceive myself to be filling a specific gap (historical evidences) that is not being addressed enough.

Thus my comments on Smith's work will be directed primarily towards those places where he touches directly upon my own specialty, and a few other places of my choosing. However, a reader with a greater interest in this area has added his own comments, which we offer as an addendum below.)

And now to my areas of concern, dealing with practical and historical evidences. We shall as is our custom provide comments in list format.