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"This is a must-read. Recommend this book to high school and campus ministry leaders, pastors, higher education faculty, and Ravi Zacharias fans." (CBA Retailers+Resources 2015-07-15)

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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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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (July 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857216104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857216106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I have studied apologetics more and more, sometimes reading apologetics books now gets boring. It's a lot of the same-old, same-old. You've heard it all several times before and there's nothing new so what's the big deal. Honestly, getting Bannister's book, I was expecting I'd get a good primer on some apologetics issues and put it down thinking that I had had a decent enough read and that'd be it. I don't mean that in a snide way at all. Many of these books are fine for beginners after all and I read them wanting to learn how well this would help someone who was starting out in the field.

I could not have been more wrong.

As I started going through Andy's book, from the very beginning I saw that it was different. Now the content is still a good basic start for most people. You're not going to get into the intensely heady stuff here. You will discuss the issues, but it is just a start. What makes this book so radically different and in turn one of the best that I've read on this kind of topic in a long time is the presentation. Bannister is quite the comedian. His humor shines throughout the book and this is one book where I had great joy whenever I saw there was a footnote. Normally, you tend to just pass those over. Do not do that with this book! You will find some of the best humor.

That makes the content all the more memorable. Bannister deals with a lot of the soundbite arguments that we deal with in our culture such as "You are an atheist with regards to many gods. I just go one god further." He deals with scientism and what faith is and can we be good without God and can we really know anything about the historical Jesus? If you spend time engaging with people who follow the New Atheists on the internet, then you need to get your hands on this book.
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This book is really not about atheists but rather seems written for Christians who want to confirm their beliefs. Andy Bannister sees atheism as a belief system and explains naturalism. He discusses ultimate meaning and therefore has an interesting discussion about the meaning of life. His arguments are very logical and clever.

Reading this book is at times like entering philosophy nirvana. I like that Andy Bannister points out that everyone has faith in something. I agree with him that it is impossible to live life normally without faith. He also points out that Christianity has never encouraged blind faith.

This book seemed short and could have included more challenges to new atheism. But in the end it does make you think about what you really believe. At times this book is witty and lol funny. Andy Bannister is also a good storyteller. I enjoyed it and can recommend it to Christians.

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When people talk about "apologetics," the first thing that comes to mind might be "dull, boring, dry, and old." Oh, ho, ho! Are you in for a surprise when you pick up this book! Didn't think the word "apologetics" and "hilarious" could be successfully used in the same breath? Welcome to "The Athiest Who Didn't Exist" and the world (and humor) of Andy Bannister.

So much helpful information is packed into this little book. Filled with wisdom and really well thought out arguments, but sandwiched by humorous anecdotes (the footnotes alone are worth buying the book), I found myself alternating between "ah ha!" moments and embarrassing snorts of laughter while reading it in my auto repair waiting room.

Seriously - this is a MUST READ for anyone who thinks "There's Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life." is a good slogan. It's also a must read for those who believe in God AND have a sense of humor. Or people like me, who never feel completely prepared for the "hard-hitting" atheist arguments and want to know more, but don't necessarily want to read books that require a dictionary nearby. If you fall into one of those categories, this is a "must read" and "buy it now" book.

On a side note: I don't know Andy, but I strongly suspect that he's the kind of guy you want to invite to every dinner party.
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Kregel Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.]

As someone who reads a fair amount of books on the subject of apologetics, many of which deal with the challenge of the so-called “New Atheists”, it is always noteworthy to see a book that combines intellectual rigor with a great deal of humor. To be sure, the author is a confirmed Brit, with a lot of inside jokes that work best if one is fond of contemporary English culture, geography (particularly the Lake District, where I spent one memorable summer camp as a teenager), and food, along with a taste for literally hundreds of terrible puns on just about every page, many of them in footnotes. Even if one does not understand all of the puns and inside jokes in this book, a reader should be aware of the fact that the author has a breezy wit and clearly does not take himself seriously, poking fun at his amorous escapades as a youth, showing a great deal of appreciation to his longsuffering wife for their happy marriage, and using his wit to make the subject of philosophy something other than the stuffy subject it often seems to readers. Hopefully, while the readers are trying to figure out the latest joke that the author makes about food or cricket or some absurd story about a thief drugging people to help him steal art or a man who angrily denies the existence of Sweden while listening to ABBA tunes, they realize this joking is in service of strong philosophical ideals, namely the holding of those who consider themselves as the bright defenders of reason to the standards of reason they so cavalierly disregard in their own bloated rhetoric.
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