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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084994645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alister E. McGrath holds the chair of theology, ministry, and education at King's College London, having previously held the chair of historical theology at Oxford University. A former atheist, he has a special interest in dialoguing and critiquing the New Atheism, and he has publicly debated Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. He has written many books, including the international bestseller The Dawkins Delusion? He lectures regularly in the United States.

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Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A longtime professor at Oxford University, he now holds the chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity's Dangerous Idea, In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England, and lectures regularly in the United States.

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The book is well written and easy to read.
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I highly recommend this book to those interested in a primer on the subject of New Atheism.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Maxon A. Bruno on May 5, 2011
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I've read many of Alister McGrath's books and I must say that this is one of my favorites. The book is essentially a 'situation report' of the New Atheism in our society. I actually had the day off when it came in the mail so I walked over to my local dunken donuts and read the entire thing in one sitting (not recommended!).

The book isn't very complicated, but that in no way takes away from what you can learn from it! I think McGrath is very fair with his analysis and avoids immature jabs against its supporters. I was particularly happy with the attention paid to the online atheist community. This shows me that McGrath is with the times!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in current religious movements. This is a powerful aid to any Christian. Even agnostics (more so those who are on the fence) will definitely find this an interesting read.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. Richards on August 16, 2011
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In Why God Won't Go Away, Alister challenges the beliefs embraced by four main writers: Richard Dawkins, Daniel C Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hutchins. He refers to them as "The Four Horsemen" , the result of an informal discussion among the four in 2007.

I believe the best way to understand someone's point of view is to read what they write. Alister not only reads their books, he challenges them in debate and interacts with them in online communities. He isn't another Christian talking about what he thinks he knows; he truly knows what he thinks. This allowed me confidence in the validity of the book's content matter.

The beauty of the book is the atheists' own words are used against them. Alister exposes the flaws, weaknesses and irony in their logic. For example, Christopher Hitchens believes religion causes fanaticism, thus it needs to be eradicated. Ironically in an interview he proclaims Mother Teresa a fraud and "a shame there is no hell for her to go to". If the lack of religion is supposed to be a higher level of thinking, why would you say something this primitive?

I have read a few apologetic books before and found them condescending; this is not that type of a book. Alister treats the authors with respect. The book does lack scriptural arguments that would make this a truly apologetic resource. However, I don't believe this would be helpful for use in an apologetic setting. In my experience, it's been said "The Bible is a fairy-tale and no amount of scripture I can quote will make a difference".

The book is not an easy read, but it is also not textbook-dry. I ended the book with more questions; which is as it should be. I would recommend this book for high school and college students as well as adults.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Freeman on August 10, 2013
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I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

A better title might be, "New Atheism Won't Run God Off!". I wasn't familiar with McGrath before reading this book but I have since seen his name around several theological volumes. Because of the title, I really looked forward to the opportunity Thomas Nelson gave me to review this book. It reminded me of Francis Schaeffer's book "God Is Hear and He Is Not Silent". Turns out this book is much more about New Atheism than it is a defense for confidence in God.

"The New Atheism is different. It's defined not so much by being white, male and middle class--though it is worth noting that its four leading representatives are all Anglo-Saxon Protestant males from remarkably similar backgrounds of privilege and power -- as by its anti-theism -- an intense anger against religion, which is held to poison everything Christopher Hitches puts it with a commendable conclusion: "I am not even an atheist so much as I am an antitheist." This anti-theism is equally evident in the writing of the other "Four Horsemen." But surely this leads to the group defining itself by what it's against rather than what it's for." (McGrath, pg. 36)

McGrath quickly shows the heartbeat of New Atheism is really Anti-Theism. I was excited to learn that I was going to find good research into New Atheism and quickly dug into it. He does a good job of keeping it interesting and covering all the basics in an introductory manner.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Clint Walker VINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
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I have often heard about what both people inside and outside of the church have referred to as the "New Atheism", and each time it has been mentioned, I have been foggy about what the term meant. For this reason I picked up Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath. What I discovered was a cogent, clearly written summary of the New Atheism, as well as some simple to understand criticisms and objections to the philosophy that informs the New Atheists.

McGrath begins this book by identifying the key leaders in the New Atheist movement. Then he distinguishes the unique characteristics of the movement, especially in relationship to more traditional forms of atheism. Then McGrath goes in depth about the identifying arguments and attitudes of the New Atheists. He ends the book by questioning the future of New Atheists, and plotting the future of thinking Christianity in light of living in a world where the "New Atheism" has a strong influence.

What I found unique about the New Atheism is the fervor of its leaders. One of the arguments of many of these men is that religion is not just wrong, but in fact religion is destructive and evil. Much of this line of argument, although being around among average people for a long time, gains new steam after the violence of 9-11 by religious Islamic fundamentalists. A traditional atheist believes that Christianity is illogical, and focuses on reason. The "New Atheist" aggressively seeks to evangelize people to be atheists because they believe that religious faith must be destroyed. They believe that religious faith is dangerous. The "New Atheists" tend to attempt to be logical, but in fact much of the "new atheism" is polemical, and calls their disciples to aggressively fight against the wretched religious folks.
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