The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail: The Misguided Quest to Destroy Your Faith  -     By: Becky Garrison
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The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail: The Misguided Quest to Destroy Your Faith

Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Paperback

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For years, well-known atheists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett have tried to poke holes in the faith of believers. They've finally met their match in Garrison! Skewering their arguments with her sharp, satiric wit, she turns aside their assualt as she addresses war, evolution, medical ethics, social justice, and other hot-button issues. 256 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.30 (inches)
ISBN: 084991972X
ISBN-13: 9780849919725
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A challenge has been issued on matters of faith and Becky Garrison meets it head on in this witty yet poignant answer to the Anti-God gurus Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett.

Becky Garrison, religious satirist and senior contributing editor for The Wittenberg Door, is taking a stand. Where most Christians assume the character of the Cowardly Lion chanting, "I do believe, I do believe, I do believe," Garrison refuses to simply thrust tracts at these self-proclaimed infidels.

Instead, Garrison steels her pen and takes on the ungodly program of the New Atheists, skewering each argument with her sharp satiric wit. Garrison turns aside the atheists' assault without ignoring its real criticisms, namely, the church's inadequate response to war, evolution, medical ethics, social justice, and other important issues in the post-9/11 world.

Author Bio

Becky Garrison serves as Senior Contributing Editor for The Wittenburg Door, the oldest, largest, and only religious satire magazine in the United States. Her additional writing credits include work for The New York Times, The Tonight Show, Relevantmagazine.com, and Christian Retailing. Garrison also contributes to The Ooze and blogs on God's Politics. She has a dual Master of Divinity/Social Work degree from Yale University and Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in theater arts from Wake Forest University.

Publisher's Weekly

Garrison has long wielded wit against the buffoonery of the Religious Right in her articles for the Christian humor magazine the Wittenburg Door and at the blog God’s Politics. Now she turns her satirical glance against the “New Atheists,” among whom she sees a similar obscurantist self-seeking at work. The result is an uneven book. It is occasionally witty, as when she compares Sam Harris to Anne Coulter, or Daniel Dennett to the pot-smoking professor in Animal House. At times she scores what could be devastating points against the New Atheists: if imposing religion on the young really is child abuse, why do these young people not show the medical symptoms of abuse victims? Garrison is also adept at pointing to places where radical Christianity is transforming society. But these successes are often lost amid informal writing, sentences like “Simply put, I need to pay attention here because when my gut starts acting up, something ain’t right,” and paragraphs that end with single words like “Kewl” and phrases such as “ ’Nuff said.” Finally, Garrison’s turn to her own story—a minister father, dead too young of alcoholism—is touching at times, but it sits awkwardly beside the casual witticisms. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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