Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong - eBook
Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong - eBook  -     By: Ian S. Markham
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781444358001
ISBN-13: 9781444358001

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In this new book, Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic world view,opposing the arguments given by renowned authors of books onatheism, such as Richard Dawkins. Unlike other responses to the newatheism, Markham challenges these authors on their own ground byquestioning their understanding of belief and of atheism itself.The result is a transforming introduction to Christianity that willappeal to anyone interested in this debate.
  • A fascinating challenge to the recent spate of successful bookswritten by high-profile atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins,Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris
  • Tackles these authors on their own ground, arguing that they donot understand the nature of atheism, let alone theology andethics
  • Draws on ideas from Nietzsche, cosmology, and art to constructa powerful response that allows for a faith that is grounded, yetone that recognizes the reality of uncertainty
  • Succinct, engaging, but robustly argued, this new book by aleading academic and writer contains a wealth of profound insightsthat show religious belief in a new light

Author Bio

Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics. He is the author of numerous books, including: Encountering Religion (2000), A Theology of Engagement (2003), Do Morals Matter? (2006), Understanding Christian Doctrine (2007), A World Religions Reader, 3rd edn (2009), and the 2-volume reference work, The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Editorial Reviews

“It is a thoughtful, eirenic and wide-ranging contribution… This is a serious and sophisticated addition to theburgeoning New Atheism literature, and a very good advert for itsauthor’s avowed ‘classical Catholicism in its Anglicanform’ (p.8).”  (Modern Believing, 1 July2012)

"Markham encourages people of faith to listen to the challengingcritiques of atheists and to engage them for much of value‘can be learned', shared, and clarified in a respectfulexchange of ideas (p. 134). Religious and non-religious peoplewanting to learn more about atheism, a religious response toatheism, and the connections between science and religion shouldread this book." (Religion & Theology, 2012)

"Unlike other responses to the new atheism, Markham challengesthese authors on their own ground by questioning theirunderstanding of belief and of atheism itself.  The result isa transforming introduction to Christianity that will appeal toanyone interested in this debate." (Studies in Spirituality,2010)"In addition, this book details fairly well (albeit briefly)with some sensitive topics: homosexuality, Islam, religiousextremism. . . still, there is much to commend about AgainstAtheism, and it surely deserves a wide readership." (TheologicalBook Review, 2010)

"Markham's apologetic infuses contemporary science withclassical philosophy, up-to date theological scholarship, and apastoral sensitivity to mental, emotional and physical anguish thatany life of faith necessarily confronts. ...helpful for itsseriousness yet conciseness and accessibility...clear signposts andsummaries for alert readers to follow and discern their ownspiritual rootedness. Markham is consistent in his approach ... .For its clarity, precision and wit, the book is certainlyaccessible." (Christian Scholar's Review, October 2010)

"Of the many current contra-atheism books suddenly on themarket, Markham's is helpful for its seriousness yet concisenessand accessibility." (Christian Scholar's Review, October 2010).

"Accessible and patient ... .Markham does not evade toughquestions." (The Tablet, April 2010)

"Markham's comparison of Nietzsche to the New Atheists isparticularly insightful … .This book will be enjoyed byacademically minded believers looking to bolster their argumentsagainst atheism." (Library Journal, April 2010)

"Stands out from the crowd by questioning the theological,ethical, and spiritual content underpinning books by Dawkins,Hitchens, and Harris. By challenging the very foundations of theirposition, [Markham] exposes the weaknesses in their arguments."(Sourcews, November 2009)

"Ian Markham ... offers a moral argument for faith. Markhamaccuses the so-called New Atheists—Dawkins et al.—ofnot facing up to the conse­quences of their atheism. Markhamargues the case very well." (Church Times, April 2010)

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