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With common sense and uncommon clarity, Graham Veale surveys the popular arguments of the New Atheists that have given so many people intellectual indigestion.(Timothy McGrew)
Sophisticated and positive case for the rationality of Christian belief.
If you are a Christian who has been sneered at, or an atheist who sneers, then you should think about reading this book, and while you read it - think!(Mark McCartney)
This is a great wee book which is an excellent introduction to and summary of, the current controversy surrounding the New Atheism... Highly recommended!(David Robertson)
A superb response to the New Atheism's objections to belief in God and the Christian faith... For students whose faith is under attack, this is the survival guide you need.(David Glass)
I suggested to Richard Dawkins that his simplistic rhetoric generated more heat than light. Dawkins agreed and Graham Veale shows why!(Chris Sinkinson)
... a book that helps penetrate the attacks of the modern atheist and equips us to think through what we believe and why.(Premier Christianity Magazine) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 3077 KB
- Publication Date : May 22, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 128 pages
- Publisher : Christian Focus Publications (May 22, 2014)
- ASIN : B00KIYFJKO
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,370 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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that is groundbreaking or new. That's not to say it's just rehashing, though. He's very readable, the points are clear and easy to grasp, and
clears up all the questions like "What did Dawkins mean by using the phrase 'Flying Spaghetti Monster?'"
I highly recommend the book for learning about the popular atheist rants and approaches. He gives a very clear perspective!
This book is a very different sort of apologetic. It hit me at the core of my existence. It doesn't dive into the vast waters of natural theology, but it brings the reader to the shore and gives one binoculars to gaze at the horizon.
And what a beautiful horizon - one where the sun is breaking through the clouds, gently kissing the ocean as the waves are settling from a storm.
This book should challenge the unbeliever to say, "Hey, there's more to the Christian worldview than I had thought."
Last but not least, the Christian will be equipped with the weaponry to slay the flying spaghetti monster after reading this. Sorry "pastafarians," but your leader has been obliterated!
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This is not that book.
An entire chapter is devoted to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and why comparing it to God is a false analogy. The answer? The Flying Spaghetti Monster, despite his similarity to the divine, is envisaged as a being within our reality, and God is outside our reality. Therefore he transcends any ability we have to either confirm or deny his existence, so the comparison doesn't work. Checkmate.
Reasonably, as the Flying Spaghetti Monster is an entirely invented comparison for the purpose of holding religious belief up to a ridicule coloured light, all the atheist community would have to do to defeat this retort is to advise that, oh, didn't we tell you? The Flying Spaghetti Monster transcends reality also, and the comparison is suddenly valid once more. Game on.
It is this type of very effective ridiculing that I was hoping Veale would manage to confront with reason and if not defeat, at least give it a damn good run for its money. Incidentally, he takes fifteen pages to make that argument.
Veale also seems either ignorant, inconsiderate, or evasive of the "One more religion, and you're an atheist too" argument. Nearly all of Veale's arguments can be appropriated by other religions and used almost without edit to support an opposing religious view that by the necessity of the "one true religion" claim, invalidates the very religion he's arguing for.
It doesn't get better. I don't particularly like Professor Dawkins' approach to debating religion, but I have to concede that Veale is guilty here of a level of quote-mining that is at best misrepresentative of Dawkins' view, and at worst a calculated attempt to deceive the reader.
He also makes a concerted effort to portray believers in the highest regard, while doing the opposite for atheists. Here was a chance for Veale to represent himself as reasoning without an infecting bias. No balanced examination here. If a naive reader put the book down and left with an opinion that religious folks believed due to a very calculated set of logical reasoning based on firm evidence, while the atheists only disbelieved because Dawkins told them to, I would not be at all surprised. That was clearly the intent.
If you're a believer who wants a comfort blanket, without looking too closely at the veracity of what you're reading, then this is the book for you. What it lacks in robust rebuttal, it more than makes up for in verbose sophistry.
If you're a touch more discerning, then any cracks in your faith will likely be widened by what seems a clear attempt to plaster over the cracks of faith in the hope that reason doesn't leak in and rot the foundations.
If you're an atheist, this does provide something of an insight into the religious side of the debate, and upon what bedrock belief is built.
1. The book is clever, accessible and well-written. Each chapter begins with a long and engaging illustration. Clearly Graham is well-read and knowledgable. His writing-style makes me think that I would like to hear what Graham has to say on a lot of issues. Hopefully this won't be his last book.
2. The book brings you through a logical journey: it begins with New Atheism and ends with an explanation of the Christian message. This is a distinctly Christian response to New Atheism, even if there are arguments here that could be borrowed by other theists.
3. While Graham's thinking is clear to an non-scientist (like me) it would be engaging for someone with scientific knowledge. I intend to reread the opening (more scientific) chapters again.
4. Graham does not get bogged-down arguing about young-earth/old-earth arguments. It is a book that will please you no matter where you sit on such issues.
5. This is a book that I would unashamedly share with my friends who do not share my worldview. It is not full of theological language and it gets the balance between objective and subjective evidence for Christianity.
6. Graham managed to get his book published by a great publisher. I always like to see whose logo is on the spine of a book. I find Christian Focus one of the best Christian publishing house.
The only things I would change are that I think it could be longer (because it is an enjoyable read), and the word 'guide' made me fear that it would be full of bullet points (rather than the smooth-flowing read that it is).
As someone who has read a number of books engaging with the ideas of the new Atheists, Veales book is one of the better books I've come across and offers some thoughtful and well reasoned objections to their claims that I've not come across in the others. I was pleased to read that there was a chapter looking into the arguments made by the popular internet atheist John Loftus who has quite the online following.
Definitely worth a spot in your library and the sort of intellectually respectable book that you wouldn't be ashamed to pass onto a friend.