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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

The subtitle to this book is more descriptive of what it is about: "Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?" I had never heard of the New Atheism. The author does an excellent job explaining what the New Atheism is and even compares it to atheism. The author analyzes New Atheism and reveals its flaws. This is not a book that debates Christianity versus New Atheism, but it does provide a Christian with solid foundation to confront New Atheism.

Yet, the author also explores the rise and what appears to be the pending fall of New Atheism. It appears that it will be a short lived movement that, in my opinion, simply spews hate at all religions. As the book reveals, New Atheism is an embarrassment to atheism and simply ridicules religion and is also mean spirited. New Atheism seems to base it's reasoning simply on insults. New Atheism will most likely come to an end in the near future. The author has thoroughly researched New Atheism and has notes to original sources to back up quotes and conclusions.

Even so, this book can also create a foundation to refute atheism, too. It's a valuable source for Christians who confront atheists. The author covers arguments that form the basis of atheism, such as scientific proof. I hadn't put a lot of thought into scientific proof before I read this book, but the author is right on point as to how much science has really proved. (Not a lot - mostly relying on theories.) I recommend this book to anyone who confronts atheism, especially those who confront the New Athiesm. The author included an incident that really shows that God is involved and can use everything for His purpose. A person who had read a book on New Atheism was so appalled that he felt compelled to explore Chrisitianity. The person said he never would have considered Christianity if it wasn't for the book because the book was so one-sided. The result? He became a Christian.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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.”

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