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  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (May 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931018480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931018487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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"It has been a great pleasure to me as a long-retired Professor of Philosophy to have been set the task of reading Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God by Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. Benjamin Wiker. For this 'task' has been for me not a task but a sustained delight. Rarely, if ever, in my many years as a Professor of Philosphy did I ever have the opportunity to read such a compelling argument." -- Antony Flew, Author of There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind


"Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker answer the arguments posed by the New Atheism effectively and decisively. They show, again and again, that atheists like Richard Dawkins are putting forth shoddy arguments, and once those arguments are dismantled by cool reason, there is very little left." -- Dinesh D'Souza, Richwain Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution; Author of What's So Great About Christianity


"In a better world than ours there would have been no need for Answering the New Atheism. But under the circumstances, I'm grateful to Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker for their essential service in cooly, rationally taking apart Richard Dawkins' inflamed rhetoric and exposing the absurdities, and the dangers, at its heart. Their final chapter is a particularly chilling, important reminder of what Dawkins' secular faith would lead to if it were more widely embraced." -- David Klinghoffer, Author of Shattered Tablets: Why We Ignore the Ten Commandements at Our Peril and Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History.


Answering the New Atheism is a superb exposé of the Dawkins Delusion. Systematically and lucidly, Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker dissect and dispose of the fundamental errors that riddle Dawkins' attempt to demonize the divine. Dawkins has declared a jihad against religion and his main weapons are diatribe and caricature. But the authors refuse to respond in kind and instead turn to reason, the one tool that Dawkins seems to disdain. As readable and humorous as it is rigorously reasoned, Answering the New Atheism is the best antidote in the marketplace for Dawkinitis." -- Roy Abraham Varghese, Co-author with Antony Flew of There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist changed His Mind, a book denouced by Dawkins. Editor of Cosmos, Bios, Theos, a work with 24 Nobel Prize winners that was described by Time Magazine as "the year's most intriguing book on God."


"Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker patiently, thoroughly pick apart the reasoning of Richard Dawkins until very little is left standing. I highly recommend Answering the New Atheism to anyone who wants to watch scientific atheist bullies get their comeuppance." -- Michael J. Behe, Lehigh University; Author of The Edge of Evolution

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Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker patiently, thoroughly pick apart the reasoning of Richard Dawkins until very little is left standing. I highly recommend Answering the New Atheism to anyone who wants to watch scientific atheist bullies get their comeuppance. --Michael J. Behe

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As a Philosophy major, I was impressed with the contents of this book as well as how well reasoned the arguments were.
Kevin Mackaben
Hahn and Wiker expose, in a very logical and convincing manner, that Dawkins bases his claim that God does not exist using very illogical and flaud reasoning.
A. J. O. Freitas
We are no more free to decide not to feel guilty for betraying a friend than we are free to decide not to feel pain from slamming our hand in a car door.
Adam D. Shomsky

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419 of 591 people found the following review helpful By Adam D. Shomsky on September 6, 2008
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I felt like large portions of this book were based on a few misunderstandings on the part of Hahn and Wiker. For instance, the authors wrote page after page explaining how exceedingly unlikely it is that a modern living cell could randomly jostle into place and come to life. Dawkins would agree with them on this point; even the simplest modern cells are extremely complex. But in The Blind Watchmaker (a book cited repeatedly by Hahn and Wiker in Answering the New Atheism) Dawkins devoted an entire chapter to the subject of the origins of life. Dawkins even wrote "the only machinery of replication that we know [DNA] seems too complicated to have come into existence by means of anything less than many generations of cumulative selection" [p. 200]. He went on to explain how simple pre-DNA replicators could have provided the scaffolding necessary to evolve modern DNA replication. Hahn and Wiker quoted Dawkins from this very same chapter but omitted his explanation of the origins of life and instead erected a straw man argument to knock down. It's hard to believe that they were unaware of Dawkins' explanation, especially seeing as how Dawkins also devoted another chapter on the origins of life in Climbing Mount Improbable, another book cited repeatedly by Hahn and Wiker. From Climbing Mount Improbable: "the original replicator probably was not DNA...unlike DNA, the original replicating molecules cannot have relied upon complicated machinery to duplicate them" [p. 285]. The (intentional?) omission of these arguments was disappointing.

The authors explicitly do not deny "that evolution is in very important ways a partial cause of human intelligence" [p 82].
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raul Flores on October 31, 2013
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Scott Hahn makes very convincing arguments against Dawkins. As a convert to Catholicism he understands why many do not agree with Catholicism and in a very pastoral way makes a very good argument from a Catholic point of view. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Reid on February 1, 2014
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While the authors do not dismantle Dawkin's case against God they do point out real difficulties with it. They are strongest in their philosophical discussions and weakest when they venture into science. Overall, a good read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benedict on August 14, 2013
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For faith to be good, it must be reasonable. It is not reasonable to hold that natural science could evaluate the supernatural: there are no instruments to measure that which is not measurable. To claim otherwise it to turn science into a religion--and a very poor one at that!

Scientists cannot even begin to test how the universe was created: even if they could, some how, recreate it through science that would not prove that that's how it happened in the first place. Science would have to create many universes in the process of seeking to even establish the probability of one method over another--or even if there are any others.

This book does a good job of briefly and readably illustrating the nonsense of perverting science by claiming that blind faith in chance is scientific.

It really ought not to be so hard for Dawkins et al to figure out that science addresses very different issue than religion, which concerns meaning, morality, how best to live your life, and your eternal destiny. To read Genesis, which is so obviously poetic, as a scientific treatise is amazingly dense.
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So well argued and beautifully debated. In the end it comes back to a start. A Big Bang or whatever Gods mechanism it still creates from nothing intricate design and beautiful balance that can't be rationally explained to have simply occurred. Great job and thank you for your efforts to combat the new worlds infatuation with godlessness
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gene Smith on June 8, 2013
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Reveals how Dawkins begins with a bias as opposed to using logic and reason in his disordered approach to the subject.
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82 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Cool Reason on June 21, 2008
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I have never written a review before, but I felt so strongly about this book not because it is a defense of religion (it does not directly advocate any form of theism), but because it is a fully rational response to Dawkins and set out according to the very terms he has laid forth in his arguments against God.

This book is written in a calm, collective, and fully rational way. It does so not by citing the Bible, but by playing on the same field as Dawkins and according to his own terms of evolutionary biology. This book demonstrates very effectively how Dawkins's unsound (but apparently sound for him) argumentation for the non-existence of a supernatural Being amounts to little more than soaring and highly influential rhetoric and oftentimes just plain bad science. It does all of this in a respectful and relaxed way, unlike the hostility, sneering tone, and sharp ridicule found in "The God Delusion".

If you have read parts or all of "The God Delusion", or if you have heard about the book and are somewhat unsure exactly what Dawkins is all about, I very highly recommend this book. This book is NOT another "religious" book frantically written to help readers save their respective religion out of fear of atheism. It is a book of cool reason, the very reason that Dawkins himself, I imagine, would advocate but evidently doesn't practice.

After reading some of the reviews on "The God Delusion" on this website, I noticed that there is a short video clip of Dawkins speaking about his book. In it he says, "I give in the book the argument, I think it is a rather strong argument, that there is no supernatural, supreme Being." And further, "The existence of God is a scientific question.
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