Why God Won't Go Away
Excellent book with valuable information.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone.
February 1, 2012
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!
December 2, 2011
My purpose in reading Why God WonÃ¢ÂÂt 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 isnÃ¢ÂÂt what the major point of the book is. McGrath doesnÃ¢ÂÂt get to why God wonÃ¢ÂÂt 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 Ã¢ÂÂFour HorsemenÃ¢ÂÂ of the movement Ã¢ÂÂ Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. McGrath doesnÃ¢ÂÂt give much other space to any others in the movement.
Even though he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt get to the purpose of the book until the end, I didnÃ¢ÂÂt 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.
October 10, 2011
McGrath is a refreshing and intelligent debater
I found Alister McGrath to be refreshing and engaging as he took on the Ã¢ÂÂNew AtheistÃ¢ÂÂ in this book.
Of course there is nothing Ã¢ÂÂnew under the sunÃ¢ÂÂ, but McGrath explains who the current high-stakes players are in this movement and what their tactics entail (namely ridicule and dismissal, but with militant zeal). The end result, of course, is that conversation is shut down, not engaged in rationally.
In contrast, McGrath entertains many questions asked by Ã¢ÂÂnew atheistsÃ¢ÂÂ and gives reasonable responses. In reading this book (and I also recommend watching a discussion/debate or two between Alister McGrath and Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchins Ã¢ÂÂ such debates can be found online), one cannot help but see the difference between McGrathÃ¢ÂÂs sensible (even humble) handling of a challenging subject and the defensive and insulting manner in which the Ã¢ÂÂnew atheistÃ¢ÂÂ handles it.
A truly reasonable person should be able to rise above defensive and insulting posturing, not succumb to it as a main tactic in winning an argument. Insult and dismissal are not the tactics of those who honestly desire to have reasonable and rational discussion. Regardless of what side of the divide you may be on, I suggest giving Alister McGrath a read. The contrast in style between McGrath and the Ã¢ÂÂnew atheistÃ¢ÂÂ is stark indeed.
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September 24, 2011