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Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists Paperback – August 3, 2010
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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.
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As a result of the atheistic outcry against Christianity in particular, there has been an enormous response among the vast ranks of evangelicals. Notable apologists like Ravi Zacharias (author of The End of Reason) and president of SBTS Al Mohler (Atheism Remix) have written more popular level books in response to the New Atheism. Theologians like Alister McGrath (The Dawkins Delusion) and biblical scholars like Paul Copan (Is God A Moral Monster) have given their noteworthy contributions. Pastors like Doug Wilson (Is Christianity Good for the World) and Tim Keller (The Reason for God) have responded to the New Atheism with theological rigor and pastoral care.Read more ›
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.
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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.Read more ›
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A lot of big words. I was going to read it to my teenagers for devotions, but I am even having a hard time. Good idea though.Published 1 month ago by LaRue
Answers questions that you hadn't thought of. Excellent resource.Published 5 months ago by Sally Hudson
As a high school teacher in apologetics, Bible and world history, this is an excellent read that will help equip students and adults to respond with a ready answer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deanna Huff
After reading "Why I Became An Athiest" I thought the case against Christianity was closed because all the apologetics books I'd read kept regurgitating the same old arguments in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by GrannyNanny06
This apparently was written by an atheist and I do not like the tone and content of this book.Published 8 months ago by William D. Bailey
I bought this for my son and he has really enjoyed this book. He likes to be able to think for himself where his beliefs are concerned and found this book interesting and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by mom of boys
This book is absolutely wonderful. I haven't finished reading it yet, but I am enjoying the sound, logical answers it provides to the sometimes difficult questions posed by... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tigdi
Well written, up-to-date, thought provoking, this book is well worth owning. I especially like the "Why It Matters" section at the end of each chapter because it adds... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Christine M. Nichols
If I could give this book a negative review grade, I would.
Once I got to the first chapter, where the author attempts to question and argue for philosophical and... Read more