Why God Won't Go Away  -     By: Alister E. McGrath
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An accessible discourse written by a trusted expert and scholar critiquing the new atheism on its own merits and claims.

The rise of the new atheism, which includes the manifestos of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, has created a public willingness in today's marketplace to talk about God and religion. Yet the debate up to this point has focused largely on rebutting the new atheist critique of Christianity. Why God Won't God Away moves into new territory by challenging the new atheism on its own grounds. Chapters include discussion on:

  • What is the new atheism
  • The problem of religion
  • The problem of human nature
  • Believing only what can be proved
  • Dealing with imagined worlds and myths
  • The new humanism and the new enlightenment
  • Violence and dogmatism


This book written by Alister McGrath a theology professor, Christian philosopher, and leading intellectual of his generation, has written extensively including best-selling books rebutting the new atheist critique of Christianity and has debated Richard Dawkins in Oxford, Christopher Hitchens in Washington, and Daniel Dennett in London.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 084994645X
ISBN-13: 9780849946455
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"A robust defense of the God of the Bible...This is a book for serious thinkers who wish to make God real in a world that has forgotten its Creator and Maker." -- Joni Eareckson Tada

In a decade embroiled in fanaticism and fear, a renewed interest in the age-old debate over the question of God has reignited, giving rise to a new group of media-savvy contenders dubbed the “New Atheists.” As expressed in the works of best-selling authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the New Atheists have found a foothold in today’s cynical society, and have ramped up their efforts to debunk the existence of God.

Renowned historian, theologian, and scholar Alister McGrath is on the frontlines of this conversation,  publicly debating many of these prominent skeptics. In this thoughtful and accessible volume, McGrath gives a spirited rebuttal to the claims of the New Atheists, critiquing the New Atheism on its own merits and exploring the fundamental questions:

Who are the New Atheists, and what do they believe?
• Is religion delusional and evil?
• Are human beings fundamentally good?
• How do reason and science prove or disprove faith?
• Is the best hope for humanity a “New Enlightenment”?

Why God Won’t Go Away explores how the movement’s ideas are defined and propagated, helping us understand the agendas and anxieties of this global movement and its appeal to society as a whole. Why God Won’t Go Away explores what is “new” about New Atheism, critiques the movement on its core themes of violence, reason, and science, and asks, where does the New Atheism go from here?

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Informative and entertaining
    July 26, 2015
    Scot
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    Great book. Funny in a sad way at times. However, pertinent and very interesting. Very thoughtful and realistic view on what science is and should be.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    May 1, 2015
    cbcarter
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    McGrath is one of our premier apologists. His stuff is always good and he doesn't disappoint here. Very concise and easy read. He deals with Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, et. al. Really enjoyed it. I guarantee you that you will too.
  3. North Carolina
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    Excellent book with valuable information.
    February 1, 2012
    Alice Ross
    North Carolina
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone.
  4. Arcola, SK
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    December 2, 2011
    James
    Arcola, SK
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    Meets Expectations: 3
    Personally, I loved this book. It's got such great points, and the author certainly doesn't beat around the bush. He gets straight to the point. When I first received the book, I was a bit taken aback by the small amount of pages- only around 165. But I soon realized that this is all the author really needed.

    The author takes us through the 4 main people or, as they call themselves, "horsemen". He gives us an in-depth look at "New Atheism" and the foundations of it, and also how it differs from Atheism. What I really loved about this book was the fact that the author used personal experiences, as well as research he had done, to write this book. I really hope you're able to pick up this book and enjoy it as much as I did!
  5. Tecumseh, OK
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    October 10, 2011
    David Shaw
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    My purpose in reading Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath was to be better informed about atheism, particularly what is called new atheism. As a Christian I believe it is important, no Biblical, for us to defend our faith (I Peter 3:15). I know a few atheist personally so I had even more interest in this book.

    I believe that the title isn't what the major point of the book is. McGrath doesn't get to why God won't go away until the last chapter. The rest of the book deals with what the new atheism is, particularly from the teachings of the so-called "Four Horsemen" of the movement - Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. McGrath doesn't give much other space to any others in the movement.

    Even though he doesn't get to the purpose of the book until the end, I didn't mind. The information the new atheist movement makes the book worth the read. If you have ever had conversations with people who disagree with you on the subject of religion you know that they can get heated and at times mean. McGrath never does. He presents their view and counters it respectively, never writing in a superior or condescending tone.

    Throughout the book McGrath addresses objections that new atheists have with Christian beliefs and clearly shows their objections as incomplete, hypocritical or false. One example that sticks out is the objection that atheists have with God because of all of the violence that has been done throughout human history in the name of God yet atheists conveniently ignore the atheism of Stalin and his murderous reign. This is only one of the multiple arguments that atheists use against God that McGrath applies to atheism itself to invalidate their argument.

    I learned much about the new atheist movement from this book. He McGrath writes in a clear way that is accessible to most readers. If you have been curious about atheism, this book would be of much help.

    Disclaimer - I received this resource free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book review blogger program. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.
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