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Product Details

  • Paperback: 105 pages
  • Publisher: American Vision; First edition (August 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915815869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915815869
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). After his stint in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Idaho, where he obtained an MA in philosophy.

As one of its founders, he has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. He is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series. His blog can be found at www.dougwils.com.

All his favorite authors begin their names with initials--C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, J.R.R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse. The one exception is Nancy Wilson, a favorite author to whom he has been married for over thirty-four years. They have three children and fifteen grandchildren.

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It is a refute to Hitchen's book in particular.
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This book is so well written on so many levels.
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And he takes Hitchens to task in a serious way.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joel Barnes on August 6, 2010
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_God Is._ constitutes a brief (~100 pages) critique by Douglas Wilson of Christopher Hitchens' book, _God Is Not Great_. In my estimation, the slim length of the book is just about right given the inanity of Hitchens' grievances against Christianity in particular and religion in general.

I've been telling people for a couple of years now that Hitchens is not that bright when it comes to matters of philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, etc.). Write? Few can match Hitchens. Out-think Christianity or other non-naturalistic worldviews? Few can be found in print who have been a more abject failure than Hitchens. All Hitchens has to offer is what Wilson refers to as AIBM, "the Argument for Infidelity from the Bon Mot" (p. 29).

So poorly put together are Hitchens' arguments that I would as a common courtesy insist to anyone planning a critique of atheism that they leave _God Is Not Great_ out of the mix. It does for atheism what Pamela Anderson does for PETA - very little in the way of substance and intellectual fortitude, and that's being polite about it.

Wilson not only dismantles Hitchens arguments, he does so in the same way Hitchens attempts to dismantle religion - using liberal doses of wit and humor. Here are some samples:

- "Religion poisons everything. 'So? Does this offend anyone whose opinion should matter to me? Is there some kind of rule against poisoning everything? Who made that rule? And who died and left that particular busybody king? Get your moralism outta my face, Hitchens.'" (p. 5)

- "I am perfectly willing to loan him a fixed scriptural standard so that he might enjoy the pleasure of disapproving of hysterical believers who go off like bottle rockets whenever an atheist is naughty in public.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt on February 16, 2012
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This book is not a comprehensive tackling of the theism/atheist debate. It is a refute to Hitchen's book in particular. Therefore, it's just a bit over 100 pages. That being said, given those parameters, it's a quite a little book. Wilson's writing is to the point and brings clarity to subjects that can otherwise easily be muddled with a lot of pejorative rhetoric.

And by the way, if you haven't read Hitchen's book, this still stands well on it's own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Arndt on April 3, 2013
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Douglas Wilson is a literary genius. He succinctly refuted the arguments proposed by Christopher Hitchens and sometimes left me roaring with laughter.
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By F. Wells on August 13, 2013
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Doug Wilson is a great thinker and communicator. Although this is a specific response to Hitchens, it has far reaching implications for anyone who wants to deal with life as we actually encounter it.
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By Harold N. Orndorff on May 17, 2013
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This is a carefully reasoned, but not academic, defense of the Christian faith. If you think some of the "big questions" of life make sense if Christian theism is false, run your thinking past Wilson in this little book.
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By D. Nilsen on October 6, 2012
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Wilson is a perfect counterpart to Hitchens. They are both masters of rhetoric, and they're both hilarious. They are evenly matched intellectuals.

Wilson's approach in this book is Presuppositional. He points out that Hitchens has no coherent moral system by which to make the sort of scathing judgements of religion that he does. Whenever Hitchens says "that is wrong" or "that is evil", Wilson simply responds, "Says who?". This question is absurdly simple on its face, yet it's the one question Hitchens cannot answer. Wilson returns to this main theme multiple times, while picking apart Hitchens' other arguments along the way.

This is a very short book, so it's definitely worth reading in conjunction with Hitchens' book.

You should also watch the documentary film "Collision", about the debate tour that Wilson and Hitchens did together in 2008, for the release of their coauthored book, "Is Christianity Good for the World."
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