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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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  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (May 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931018480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931018487
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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444 of 624 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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4 of 5 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Eckrich on January 20, 2015
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I was torn between rating this book a 1-star and and a 5-star. I picked a 5-star because the book accomplishes it's stated goal, "Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God." In refuting Dawkins' book Hahn must necessarily communicate on Dawkins' level. This means that Hahn must engage in the same "logic," "rational discourse" and "intellect" as Dawkins. Before completing chapter 1, I was ready to give a 1-star rating for the following reason. Reading such "logic" and "intellect," I can only image God - and I'll throw a bone to the atheists - if there is one, is looking down on these arguments between men, and all He sees are amoebas swimming around in a jar a brownish grey water. These amoebas think they're so damn smart, so damn rational - "look at me, everybody, see how smart I am," yet they have no idea that they are just amoebas. There is no substance in their amoebic logic, their amoebic thought. It's completely vapid, and they don't even know it. They think their rational thought is superior to the irrational mindset of believers, but they put great faith in their intellect. They have great faith in the infinitesimal insight revealed by the universe, about the universe, to their puny physical senses.

In defense of the author, he knew he must descend into the jar of murky water in order to communicate with the amoebas there. He acknowledges this in chapter 5. I recognize Hahn's reasons for jumping into the jar. Read this book to understand the sheer lack of substance in The New Atheism, and in Dawkins' mind. Read it to understand the atheist mindset - at least Hawkins-style atheism. Then, after reading the book, after doing your penance, read something of true substance. Hahn is a prolific author. You have much from which to choose.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kgunn66 on April 22, 2014
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I'm a big fan of Scott Hahn, and I was following and internally validating the logic of most of his arguments....until the last chapter. There, the authors devolved (ironically?) into the same kind of alarmist hyperbole they berate Dawkins for in chapter one. I suppose that was intentional, but it's difficult to refute a ridiculous argument with another ridiculous argument. I very much enjoyed the rest of the book, but I would have been more convinced of the validity of the arguments had it not gone off the rails somewhat in the last chapter...

Still a big fan, though, and I definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Bailey on July 14, 2015
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Excellent book. Should be in everybody's library.
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91 of 144 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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