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The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments Paperback – July 27, 2015
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Andy Bannister is the Canadian director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Based in Toronto, Andy speaks frequently across Canada, the United States, and Europe, in settings ranging from universities to business forums to churches. Before joining RZIM, he had a background in youth work and earned a PhD in Qur’anic Studies.
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Of course the stories aren't full-proof, but that didn't seem to be the point.
For me it offers a space of good natured common ground for people of differing worldviews to have a more productive discussion.
By presenting arguments in a common sense manner with light hearted stories, the author invites people to discuss serious issues in a more affable tone.
My highest compliment would be that I could read this book with an atheist friend and while we probably wouldn’t agree on every point, I think we would be closer to understanding the position of the other...and our friendship might actually stay intact :)
I also think that if Mystery Science Theater is ever rebooted and looking for a fill-in host, Andy might be the person for the job.
While the book certainly offers critique of arguments offered by those in the New Atheism movement, it gratefully does so in a way that is generally gracious and helpful for real-life conversations…something that many academic efforts by other authors usually fall-short of.
Worth getting a copy of for your library.
Andy Bannister's book is new and different - and good.
First of all, it's the funniest apologetics book I have ever read. There is some laugh-out-loud funny writing. It's a Christian version of British humor (if you like Monty Python...)
Secondly, it shows the ridiculousness of the arguments of the new atheists. It is cogently written.
Thirdly, it uses humorous examples to make the points. There is great power in parable as Jesus demonstrated in the gospels. he opens every chapter with a story that illustrates the point of the chapter. For example, idea that atheism is not a belief in anything, just a lack of belief that there is a god. His friend says "sweden does not exist" and when asked for evidence of such a claim, the a-swedenist replies "I don't have to prove anything. I just don't believe in Sweden. my belief is not a belief" (I'm paraphrasing here)
well written, fun to read - highly recommended.