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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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Hahn and Wiker do an excellent job of pointing out Dawkins philosophical shortcommings.
Edward P. O'Brien
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
You cannot misread Dawkins this badly unless you are trying to convince the reader that he is not that smart.
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432 of 609 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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2 of 3 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 11 people found the following review helpful By Randall on July 12, 2013
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It answers Dawkins as it says it will. However, while criticizing his verbose and insulting manner, it does the same. The writing style would be greatly improved if he would just go through and make the same points with 1/6 of the words.
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2 of 4 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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87 of 140 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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By Joy Lambie on December 15, 2014
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A good read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By easy e on October 17, 2014
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Well written, concise and very informative. This is a short read but packs a big punch! Each page of this book has a wealth of knowledge and insight. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is struggling with belief in God or anyone that wants to explore this most basic human question, "Is there a God?"
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74 of 123 people found the following review helpful By K. Harriger VINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
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It's refreshing to read such a well organized collection of thoughts and well-reasoned arguments, particularly when it addresses a collection of irrational, poorly-reasoned ideas such as those presented by Dawkins in "The God Delusion," a book so poorly written as an argument that even prominent atheist Michael Ruse said it made him "embarrassed to be an atheist." Harsh words, particularly when they're coming from a friendly camp. Ruse isn't the only "friendly" critic, by any means. I feel it's a shame, to be fair about it. I have always been impressed with Dawkins' skills as a writer dealing with popular and controversial ideas, and he just doesn't present a very smart argument in "The God Delusion."

This book was badly needed. Dawkins is a very persuasive writer and has a devoted following, so getting readers of all stripes to buy into his argument is a simple task. But for anyone looking for a reasonable, rational argument, Dawkins' book is something of an embarrassment, regardless of your worldview. Dawkins proposes to disprove the Judeo-Christian God, but knows next to nothing about Him. As the authors of this book point out, Dawkins creates a strawman God on his own terms, and then proceeds to beat the tar out of him. There's just one problem: this god that Dawkins is trying so hard to disprove isn't even remotely like the God found in the Judeo-Christian scriptures.

Anyone can prove or disprove something when they are allowed to invent the premise to fit their argument. If you would allow me to create my own definition of God, I'm pretty certain I could prove His existence using established scientific facts, as I'd simply invent a definition of God that allowed me to do so.
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