The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments
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The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments

Monarch Books / 2015 / Paperback

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An entertaining and enlightening poke at atheism by a popular speaker.

Addressing some of the more popular atheist sound bites about the Christian faith, The Atheist Who Didnt Exist clears the space for a deeper and more honest discussion about the big questions of life.

Our culture now assumes that atheism is the default positionindeed, the only position for anyone who wishes to be seen as educated, contemporary, and urbane. In the media, atheism is usually portrayed as scientific and rational versus religion, which is seen as stuffy, outdated, and irrational.

Blending humor with serious thought, The Atheist Who Didnt Exist will help readers to think a little deeper about the popular claims of atheism. Whether the reader is a Christian who desires to be able to start a conversation with secular friends or simply an agnostic dissatisfied with some of the arguments that pass for serious thought, Andy Bannister shows that when it comes to the most important questions of life, we need to move beyond simplistic sound bites.

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Title: The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments
By: Andy Bannister
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 238
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0857216104
ISBN-13: 9780857216106
Stock No: WW216106

Publisher's Description

In the last decade, atheism has leapt from obscurity to the front pages: producing best-selling books, making movies, and plastering adverts on the side of buses. There's an energy and a confidence to contemporary atheism: many people now assume that a godless scepticism is the default position, indeed the only position for anybody wishing to appear educated, contemporary, and urbane. Atheism is hip, religion is boring. Yet when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments used to prop it up quickly unravel. The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is designed to expose some of the loose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognise lazy scepticism and bad arguments. Be an atheist by all means: but do be a thought-through one.

Author Bio

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, he regularly addresses audiences of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a must-read. Recommend this book to high school and campus ministry leaders, pastors, higher education faculty, and Ravi Zacharias fans." -- CBA Retailers+Resources

“This is a remarkable and timely book. Apologetics has to mature and evolve into the 21st century and this intelligent, funny and elegant work is precisely what we are looking for.” -- Michael Coren, broadcaster, author and journalist

“Andy Bannister’s book is a breath, a gust, a positive whoosh of fresh air. Made me laugh, made me think, made me cry. The words bounce across the page. A sane Christian! Whatever next?” -- Adrian Plass

“Every atheist vs. believer debate I’ve been to has made me want to gouge out my eyes with a spoon. Bannister’s book, however, is exactly what this skeptical believer needed.” -- Drew Marshall, radio host

“In a brilliant work that is as humorous as it is damaging to atheist arguments, Bannister demonstrates the consequences of implementing new atheist arguments into real life (that is, out of the realm of stuffy office speculations). His work is a wild ride that takes the reader from stories to theory to end game. Writing with eloquence and imagination, he illustrates the supposed ‘safe ground’ of new atheist thought as truly no ground at all.” -- Mary Jo Sharp, Houston Baptist University

“Andy Bannister provides a set of powerful and accessible arguments that can be used by ordinary people in responding to the tsunami of atheist sound bites flooding public discourse in the West. His tongue-in-cheek humor gives a certain lightness which does not in any way undermine the rigor and force of the book’s arguments. This is not a negative study—though atheism is certainly taken to the cleaners—but it is also profoundly positive in presenting compelling arguments for the central claims of Christianity.” -- Dr. Peter Riddell, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London

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