True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism  -     Edited By: Tom Gilson, Carson Weitnauer
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True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism

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With clarity of thought and precise logic, a group of contemporary Christian apologists unmask the self-aggrandizing claims of the New Atheists, who include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.

In sixteen, carefully constructed essays, these Christian thinkers demonstrate that "reason is the New Atheists' weakness, not their strength." They show that "Christianity is on the whole much more reasonable than atheism," and that "Christian faith as a whole supports sound reason, and Christians have applied it well." With coherence and competence these writers address the fallacies of "the party of Reason," and offer an introduction to the true reason of Christianity by making their case equally accessible to both the casual inquirer and the serious student.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825443385
ISBN-13: 9780825443381
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  1. http://69.89.31.135/~truenou1/
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The New Atheism's Reasoning is So Unreasonable!
    March 1, 2014
    True North
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    This book is sure to become a well-worn reference book in your collection for refuting the New Atheism Movement and their thought leaders. The contributors herein expertly reveal how unreasonable the New Atheism's "reasoning" really is.

    In a compilation of articles written by seasoned Christian philosophers and theologians, this book explains the belief system of the New Atheists, refutes their beliefs with solid evidence in a respectful manner, and then invites a welcoming dialogue.

    With Hawkings & Dawkins at the helm, the New Atheists insist that they have reason and science on their side, and that the laws of physics are sufficient to explain the creation of our universe and life itself, without the need of a Creator.

    In "The Party of Reason?" Tom Gilson makes the case that Christianity is more reasonable than Atheism. In "The Irony of Atheism," Carson Weitnauer explains how the very existence of reason depends upon the existence of God, because reason is a gift from God. Using funny examples to bring his point home, Carson handily dismisses the theories of leading Atheists such as Darwin, Dawkins, Hitchens, Nagel, Sherman, Lewontin, and Harris. William Lane Craig, presents a clever play on words in "Dawkins's Delusion." Craig reveals how Dawkins's central argument- that belief in God is a delusion- is empty. Craig also refutes the "who designed the Designer" argument.

    My favorite contributor to this book is David Marshall. He is a very engaging defender with a unique sense of humor, a down-to-earth writing style, and reasoning that is really easy to understand. In "John Loftus and the Insider-Outsider Test for Faith," Marshall points out that he actually gave Loftus the very tools Loftus used in formulating his Outsider Test for Faith! Marshall also authored "The Marriage of Faith & Reason," showing how the Christian concept of faith is intellectually exciting, and explains the complex world we live in. Marshall co-wrote an article with Timothy McGrew, "Faith & Reason in Historical Perspective," wherein they reason that Christianity compels itself to the rational mind.

    In "Atheism & the Argument from Reason," Lenny Esposito concludes that we cannot use reason to argue that Naturalism is true because Naturalism ultimately denies all rational grounds for belief. Nice explanation on the cause-and-effect model. Following Esposito is David Wood's "The Explanatory Emptiness of Naturalism," showing how Naturalism is undermined by everything that exists and that our universe requires a cause of its existence. In "Reason in a Christian Context," Peter Grice proffers and interesting challenge of Naturalism by comparing Naturalists to the Ancient Epicureans.

    "A Sun to See By-Christianity, Meaning & Morality," is a nicely written article by Samuel J. Youngs, showing that Christianity provides a framework in which the discovery of science can meld with the knowledge that were are created by God, in the image of God. In "Are Science & Christianity at Odds," Sean McDowell reasons that there is no such conflict, and that the order of the universe actually fits better with a theistic worldview.

    John M. DePoe answers age-old questions about evil in "The Problem of Evil & Reasonable Christian Responses." Randall Hardman explores the "Historical Evidences for the Gospels" with solid historical evidence revealing that the gospel writers took extreme care to preserve historical accuracy. In "Did God Command the Genocide of the Canaanites?" Matthew Flanagan compares war stories in the Books of Joshua and Judges, and comes to an interesting conclusion. A must-read. Well documented, too. Glenn Sunshine gives a compelling answer in "Christ & Slavery." Confronting difficult history head-on, Glenn concludes that Christianity was more a solution to the issue of slavery, rather than a problem.

    In the Epilogue, Carson Weitnauer implores the New Atheists to search for truth with an open mind. Carson concludes that the center of reason is found in God alone. With thought provoking questions, Carson gently points the New Atheist to Jesus Christ.

    There is a wonderful Foreword by John Stonestreet, of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and nice author bios at the end. Each article is well documented with chapter endnotes. Very well done!
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great critique of new Atheists' thinking
    February 26, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
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    This book comes out of an attempt to expose the fact that many of the arguments of the New Atheists are not as reasonable as they claim. In fact, the authors argue, the New Atheists have significant blind spots. The aim of True Reason is to show that theism, and particularly Christian theism, is reasonable and atheism is not all that reasonable.

    The authors of the various essays pay particular attention to proper reasoning, following the rules of logic. It is found that atheists actually do not practice reason well and it fits poorly within their presumptions and presuppositions.

    The general argument in this book is developed along four lines: Atheism and reason, Christianity and reason, reasonable responses, and Christianity's reasonability.

    One essay looks at the actual use use of reason by Atheists verses their claim to do so. Another looks at Dawkins' frequent failure at logic and reasoning. Sam Harris' relation with reason is explored. Naturalism is shown to not provide the conditions for scientific investigation to take place. Christianity's close relationship with science is covered. Answers are given to the question of a good God and the existence of evil. Other essays cover many similar topics.

    This is a good book for people who have read Dawkins, Hutchins, etc., and are looking for a well presented response to their claims. People who want to read a good presentation of the Christian use of reason will appreciate this book.

    I am impressed with this collection of essays. Having taught logic at the high school level, I appreciated the way the various authors employed logical thinking in their essays. The definite conclusion is that the Christian faith is reasonable and the atheist viewpoint is not so reasonable after all.

    I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through the publisher for the purpose of this independent and honest review.
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