Friday, August 5, 2011

Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty? By Alister Mcgrath

Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty? By Alister Mcgrath was a pleasure to read. Rather then disproving all atheistic arguments and delving deep into new atheism philosophy this book provided an excellent beginning to those that are not familiar (or semi familiar) with the new atheism movement today. Mcgrath began by introducing the four henchmen: Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennett and presented some of their claims. Mcgrath then tackled the issues himself with intellectual arguments and visible evidence. Being a philosophy student I was impressed with Mcgrath’s arguments. I enjoyed, for once, reading a Christian’s viewpoints on such a hotly tempered and debated subject all the while being so respectful of the other side. I am a Christian but I cannot stand ignorance or bashing someone’s ideas just because their beliefs are not inline with mine, this is why I came away impressed with how Mcgrath presented his arguments. His arguments were solid, granted not all subjects or atheistic claims were debunked in this book but it leads the reader in the right direction, essentially showing how flawed new atheistic claims are.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to understand what exactly new atheism is, has doubts after reading such books as “God is not great” or “God delusion”, or is simply looking for an interesting read and a new way of looking at an age old subject. Great book.

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