- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc (January 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 084991972X
- ISBN-13: 978-0849919725
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail: The Misguided Quest to Destroy Your Faith Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Garrison has long wielded wit against the buffoonery of the Religious Right in her articles for the Christian humor magazine the Wittenburg Door and at the blog God's Politics. Now she turns her satirical glance against the New Atheists, among whom she sees a similar obscurantist self-seeking at work. The result is an uneven book. It is occasionally witty, as when she compares Sam Harris to Anne Coulter, or Daniel Dennett to the pot-smoking professor in Animal House. At times she scores what could be devastating points against the New Atheists: if imposing religion on the young really is child abuse, why do these young people not show the medical symptoms of abuse victims? Garrison is also adept at pointing to places where radical Christianity is transforming society. But these successes are often lost amid informal writing, sentences like Simply put, I need to pay attention here because when my gut starts acting up, something ain't right, and paragraphs that end with single words like Kewl and phrases such as Â 'Nuff said. Finally, Garrison's turn to her own story—a minister father, dead too young of alcoholism—is touching at times, but it sits awkwardly beside the casual witticisms. (Jan.)
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Ms. Garrison does not just take the atheists to task -- in fact, in Appendix B in this book she has a cordial, friendly interview with Hemant Mehta, who calls himself the "friendly atheist." Both of them show the same exasperation with a the pushy attitude displayed by many Christiands AND atheists. As in her book RED AND BLUE GOD, BLACK AND BLUE CHURCH, she also takes other Christians to task for providing fodder for the "new atheists" by the way they act. In other words, she tells Christians to shape up and start practicing what they preach. And she's not afraid to share some of her own shortcomings, too.
She presents some good, solid arguments for believing the Christian faith, and she takes the "new atheists" to task for constantly picking on the "lunatic fringe" people who call themselves Christians, and who actually irritate their fellow Christians! I'll leave it to you, the reader to decide whether or not you agree with her, but through the book you will read excellent thoughts concerning the credibility of Christianity.
A nice extra about the book -- you learn a lot about the Bible itself! In fact, she gives an explanation of the much-misunderstood admonition of Jesus to "turn the other cheek." She gives it in a cultural setting that will show how assertive that command actually is! That one page alone was worth the price of the whole book. But I'll leave it to you to read it!
It's a worthwhile book to read.
I'm sure her sarcasm is natural, but it reads as if it is forced - it just happens too often. She is so bent on appearing fair minded by showing the sins of Christianity that she spends too many moments taking quick pot-shots at Ann Coulter, Jerry Fallwell, John Spong and even President Bush. Her message would be more constructive and logical to make the connection that Christ and his teachings must logically be based on the teaching itself (or better yet, Christ himself), not the aberrational sayings and actions of some of its members. She does take some time to write about the good things Christians have done (the logical conclusions of following Christ), but I am not so sure it adds up to the writings where she attacks the failings of many who claim Christ. By her own arguments, Dawkins may just have a case after all.
Overall, the book fails because it spends too much time on side issues of the debate (centering prayer for one) and not enough going after the heart of the debate - logical and theological reasons to believe and why it is not delusional. I hope she writes more, but I hope she stays more focused on the task at hand.