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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825436540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825436543
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Atheism is making a comeback. From bookstores to bus campaigns, the question of God is up for public debate--and well-known atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are leading the charge. While these authors, who have been dubbed "The New Atheists," argue against religion in general, they aim most of their criticisms and complaints at the world's largest religion--Christianity. Why are people reading books that bash God and ridicule faith? And how can Christians respond? The writings of the New Atheists are especially challenging to the emerging generation who are skeptical of authority and have not been given answers to the hows and whys of faith's honest questions. For these readers especially, authors Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow have penned an accessible yet rigorous look at the arguments of the New Atheists. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, McDowell and Morrow lay out the facts so that the emerging generation can make up their own mind after considering all the evidence. Divided into two parts--the first addressing the scientific and philosophical challenges to belief in God and the second dealing with the moral and biblical challenges--Is God Just a Human Invention? will respond to each major argument in a way that is balanced, thorough, and easy to understand.

McDowell and Morrow believe that the current religious landscape is both an opportunity and a challenge for people of faith. Now is the time to respond.

About the Author

Jonathan Morrow (MA and MDiv, Talbot School of Theology) is the author of Welcome to College, coauthor of Is God Just a Human Invention?, founder of www.thinkChristianly.org, and contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and Foundations of Spiritual Formation. Currently, he is the equipping pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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This is a book that should be recommended reading for anyone wrestling with the concept of an Almighty God.
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Whether you believe in God and you are doubting your faith or you are questioning if there is a God, this book will give you what you need.
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This book gave me added information, excellent illustrations, and did it all in a clear prose that made it incredibly easy to understand.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Bailey on February 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was generally pleased with the book in that it moved relatively quickly and I found it to generally be quite entertaining. I found the breadth of topics covered to also be quite enjoyable, but even so the chapters were a bit terse in dealing with the subject matter. I understand that this is necessary to have broad appeal and reflects the intended audience of the book, but I generally prefer that apologetics books, especially those that appear to be geared towards the home crowd, be thorough in addressing atheist claims. The brevity of the articles undermines the usefulness of the text given that it is supposed to arm the reader with answers to the most common charges of the New Atheists.

That said, I found myself rather annoyed by the way the book wastes time on non-essential issues. I realize that many Christians do not believe in evolution, but, given their statement that if they found the science compelling they would believe it too, wouldn't it have been more worthwhile to philosophically explore why evolution does not automatically preclude the existence of God than fight another uphill battle against it. As someone who finds the question of evolution unimportant, it disappoints me to see such time devoted to it.

I was likewise disappointed by the discussion about the existence of the soul. There are many Christian philosophers who do not believe in a soul. This sounds crazy if you haven't been introduced to the arguments, but it is actually quite reasonable. The Old Testament has no concept of a soul that survives death. Such ideas find their root in Platonic thought. It would have been nice to have a genuine, Christian philosophical approach to the non-existence of the soul rather than an unnecessary defense based on near death experiences of all things.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Denise M. Heebner on December 2, 2010
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The following review of Is God Human Invention was originally posted at TGC Reviews ([...]) - the book review site of The Gospel Coalition ([...]

There are questions being asked today that we can't afford to ignore. Is faith irrational? Are miracles possible? Can people be good without God? These are just a few of the philosophical and biblical questions being asked by people who want intelligent answers. The problem is the people willing to answer these questions are not always the ones inside the church. There is a strong voice outside of the church that has crept into popular culture and is avidly proposing that there is no God, no biblical worldview, and no truth found in the Scriptures. In Is God Just a Human Invention?, Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow take a look at the logic and reasoning behind this New Atheist movement, set out to show their error, and provide truth from a biblical standpoint.

This book is both timely and practical as it engages the New Atheist movement. This movement is a 21st century surge that proposes the idea that atheists no longer need to take a tolerant approach towards religion. Instead they use evidence, mostly scientific, to discredit religious truths. McDowell and Morrow engage in 17 of the more popular questions raised by the New Atheists. "It seems a growing number of people--on both sides of the God question--are no longer content to `play church.' Either what people believe is true and they are going to attempt to live out their faith in all areas of life, or it's false and people shouldn't waste their time going through the motions of their childhood faith if it really doesn't make any difference. . . . This is both an opportunity and a challenge for people of faith" (p.12).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred VINE VOICE on December 20, 2013
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For those who want a snack between the larger courses in Christian apologetics, such as in the work of William Lane Craig and Alvin Plantinga, this fits the bill nicely. But don't let the fact of its size fool you, this book is punching way above its weight class, tackling deep issues with finesse and clarity. Drawing as it does from the minds of a plethora of eminent philosophers and theologians, I believe you will be more than satisfied, maybe even well-nourished by the contents.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on October 14, 2010
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One of the brashest challenges that religious truth has experienced over the past several decades is the remarkable rise of the pugnacious New Atheists. Sean McDowell and Jonathan Marrow, new generation Christian apologists, have undertaken the task of contesting this anti-theistic upsurge. And in "Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists" the authors have pulled together a wide range of research that powerfully critiques the arguments from the combative non-theists.

Worldviews are in dispute: Christian theism vs. modern atheism. There are powerful and compelling arguments for the existence of God, but one wouldn't know it if one only read the works of Hitchens, Harris, and Dawkins. They assert numerous fallacious and deceptive arguments as they often erect the frailest of straw men in order to push them down with the greatest of rhetorical ease.

You would think that atheism is a forceful challenger to Christianity. But McDowell and Morrow argue that this view, as amusing as it is, does not reveal the evidential or philosophical actuality. The more important consideration, they advocate, is what worldview has the preeminent rational arguments and historical facts on its side.
They proceed to make the case that Christian theism, categorically, provides the finest evidence and makes the most sense.

The authors deal with the scientific and philosophical challenges to Christian theism in a reasoned and respectful manner.

In "Is God Just a Human Invention?
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