Richard Dawkins is an author and pundit who sometimes writes about science, but most recently has published a book decrying religion in general and Christianity specifically. David Robertson, a pastor and author, read the book and was shocked into replying to it. But rather than producing a polemic or straight refutation of Dawkins' text he decided to write Dawkins an open letter, posted on his church's website. Then something unexpected happened.
Richard Dawkins posted the letter on his own website, and the response Robertson got from those who read it there inspired him to keep writing. In conversational, colloquial prose Robertson brings up questions and Christian angles on some of the issues in Dawkins' book. Addressing what he calls "atheist myths", the author uncovers Dawkins' secular scientific bias without assenting to the false dichotomy between science and Christianity. A less in-depth study than some (such as The Dawkins Delusion?
by Alister and Joanna McGrath) but more a personal and engaging invitation to Christians and non-Christians alike who have questions about these issues unanswered by Dawkins himself.
When Richard Dawkins published 'The God Delusion', David Robertson wanted there to be an intelligent Christian response. After some ill thought through interventions in the media it was obvious that no one was really going to answer the real issues so David Robertson wrote an open letter to Richard Dawkins on his church website. This has found its way into Richard Dawkins' website, where it generated the largest response of any posting up to that time. Since then it has been the source of continued discussion - being a critical part of the largest discussion since that time as his book was officially reviewed on the website. The ferocity of the responses and the shallowness of the thinking that it exhibited, spurred David to write this book. Christians need to know where Dawkins is weak and we need to explain things better! It draws upon David's experience as a debater, letter writer, pastor and author. This is a very honest book. It agrees with Dawkins where appropriate but also does not hesitate to point out where some of his thinking does not hold together - It is written in a gentle spirit of enquiry.
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