Reconsidering the "New Atheism"

A Listmania! list by matt (the reading room)
The list author says: "If you are thinking about what life means, there are really not too many radically different options. One of the more aggressively proposed alternatives these days (which doesn’t make it wrong, just in your face) is what is termed the “New Atheism”. In particular there are a group who refer to themselves as the Four Horsemen: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. Combined, these fellows live by this mission statement: “Intolerance of ignorance, myth and superstition; disregard for the tolerance of religion. Indoctrination of logic, reason and the advancement of a naturalistic worldview.” I used to believe much of what they profess for various lengths of time in my life, and I no longer do. Why? I came to believe that atheism is illogical and harmful to both humanity and the environment. I am also a Christian, which is a separate reason for why I initially rejected atheism, although it is now a reason why I would not revert to that line of thought. What I am providing in this listmania is a selection of books that point out the illogic, superstition, intolerance and harmful outcomes of the materialistic worldview."
There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
1.  There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Antony Flew
The list author says:
  "Famous former atheist discusses his move to a strong agnosticism. Notice how this one-time figurehead of atheism is now derided by his former friends."
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The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions
2.  The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions by David Berlinski
The list author says:
  "A deist, the author is an established mathematician/scientist who is a critic of the types of question-begging, illogic and philosophical underqualification found in many of the New Atheists, in particular Richard Dawkins."
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Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God
3.  Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God by Scott Hahn
The list author says:
  "A short and to the point examination of Dawkins' misuse of reason. After reading this, you will begin to think of the "Three Horsemen" instead four. Dawkins really is the amateur among them. It is also a very non-caustic and funny read, unlike Dawkins' mean-spirited antics. A good place to start even if you have yet to have the pleasure of reading the Big D."
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The Abolition of Man
4.  The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
The list author says:
  "Demonstrates what happens when an educational institution embraces logical positivism instead of Natural Law. He ends the book by showing that every documented culture has maintained a similar code of morality, the Tao, and that without a belief in this Way, we become “men without chests”, merely advanced animals with leaders ruling over robot-like humans, leading to the abolition of man."
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Miracles
5.  Miracles by C. S. Lewis
The list author says:
  "There is no reason to trust your reason if it is the result of merely natural causes that have no Mind behind them, which is the thesis of atheistic materialism. Atheists can’t know if their atheism is true because of their primal logical fallacy. This is what Chesterton referred to as “the suicide of thought.” Think about it for a while. On what grounds do you trust your thoughts?"
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Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology (Clarendon Paperbacks)
6.  Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology (Clarendon Paperbacks) by Andrew Louth
The list author says:
  "I can’t sum this up in 400 characters, so please read Bestick’s thorough review. Basically, for the purposes of this list, it boils down to the fact that post-Enlightenment thinking places an illogical trust in scientific observation and that it needs to be reconsidered along the lines of the humanities to have a more solid footing. A very seminal book."
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The Brothers Karamozov
7.  The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The list author says:
  "If God does not exist, everything is permissible. A study of the struggle to find meaning in suffering. It raises the problem of evil and its equally troubling (and often overlooked) counterpoint, the problem of good."
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The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism
8.  The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism by Michael D. Aeschliman
The list author says:
  "The best one-stop read on the question of scientific materialism's failure to account for itself. A very slim but deep read that includes a massive amount of secondary texts to lead to a season's worth of reading. One of my favorites, it ties directly into Lewis' Abolition of Man and Miracles."
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Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
9.  Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty by Roy F. Baumeister
The list author says:
  "This book demonstrates that evil is often the result of overconfidence in one’s own importance. Much of the mass-murdering of the 20th century stems from such the megalomania of the atheistic régimes of Communism, which is the social culmination of atheism: no human rights, the leadership knows best, and that means 100 million die."
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Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father : Being the Narratives Compiled by the Servant of God Alexander Concerning His Spiritual Father
10.  Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father : Being the Narratives Compiled by the Servant of God Alexander Concerning His Spiritual Father by Alexander
The list author says:
  "The amazing accounts of one Father Arseny, a priest who suffered and loved greatly under the illogical and evil orders of the Soviet system only because he taught the "evil and harmful" doctrines of Christ. A compelling story; that is, if you believe in right and wrong. Otherwise you can't figure out why the old priest is so darn stubborn about loving those who torture him."
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Man's Search for Meaning: Gift Edition
11.  Man's Search for Meaning: Gift Edition by Viktor E. Frankl
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  "Unless we live out of the animalistic pleasure principle (which has its place), we are dirven by a search for meaning. Born out of the evil's of Hitler, this book examines that premise."
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Does God Exist?: A Dialogue
12.  Does God Exist?: A Dialogue by Todd C. Moody
The list author says:
  "A very short and engaging introduction to the topic. University students have really enjoyed reading and discussing this one. The author shows how theism is not at all irrational, by weighing the various arguments pro and con."
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Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies
13.  Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart
The list author says:
  "Hart is amazingly well versed in the topic in terms of history and philosophy and serves as an excellent guide through the pseudo-philosophy and the knowledge falsely so-called of the 'new' atheists(but not new in arguments, just anger, misanthropy and misunderstanding)."
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Belief and Metaphysics (Veritas)
14.  Belief and Metaphysics (Veritas) by Conor Cunningham
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  "One stop shopping for an examination of what we mean by belief, knowledge and metaphysics. Twenty essays by various authors and perspectives, this is not easy reading and some background in philosophy and theology is useful, but to those who seek, it is rewarding."
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Science and the Myth of Progress (Perennial Philosophy)
15.  Science and the Myth of Progress (Perennial Philosophy) by Merhdad M. Zarandi
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  "Why scientism is flawed in theory and practice. Insightful collection of essays."
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The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens
16.  The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens by Vox Day
The list author says:
  "Not exactly a work of high scholarship, but a debunking of the overstatements and bigotry of Dawkins, Harris and Hitchy. Worth a read."
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God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens
17.  God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens by John F. Haught
The list author says:
  "A very useful discussion of what actually underpins knowledge (it isn't science!) and how the new atheists beg the questions they cannot answer. And lots of other stuff!"
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The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism
18.  The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser
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  "A strong dose of Aristotle here. Very much worth your considered attention. Reason-based refutation of the athiest claims. Excellent!"
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Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul
19.  Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by J. P. Moreland
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Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation
20.  Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation by J. P. Moreland
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God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible
21.  God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible by William Lane Craig
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The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
22.  The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel
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