The Atheist's Fatal Flaw: Exposing Conflicting Beliefs
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Most critiques of atheism focus on refuting head-on the claims of atheists. Instead, The Atheist's Fatal Flaw faithfully represents what atheists say they believe and stands back to watch as the natural inconsistencies in that worldview inevitably rise to the surface.

Norman L. Geisler, the apologetic giant of our time, is joined by Daniel J. McCoy, highlighting two inconsistencies in particular. First they examine the atheist's assertion that God cannot exist because there is evil in the world and that if God truly existed, he would intervene. These same people then turn around and say any intervention on God's part would impose upon human autonomy, and thus would be unjust. Second, these very interventions that would be considered immoral if imposed upon the earth by God are lauded when they stem instead from some human institution or authority.

Geisler and McCoy highlight this kind of "doublethink" step by step, showing readers how to identify such inconsistencies in atheistic arguments and refute them--or rather show atheists how they refute themselves.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801016460
ISBN-13: 9780801016462

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Author Bio

Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than eighty books, including When Skeptics Ask and The Big Book of Christian Apologetics.

Daniel J. McCoy (MA, Veritas Evangelical Seminary) is an associate minister and Christian school teacher, and is currently working toward a PhD through North-West University.


In The Atheist's Fatal Flaw, Geisler and McCoy present the principle and contradicting theories of atheism. This is not your typical apologetics book: for Christians seeking a strong foothold in logic, reason, and faith, the authors show how little argument is actually needed to refute atheist claims. A must-have for your library.
-Josh D. McDowell

By allowing the atheists themselves to do the talking via the use of literally dozens of primary- source quotations, Geisler and McCoy repeatedly catch these skeptics in their own humanistic nets. It often seems to be assumed that Christians must answer the most pointed questions on these topics, but Geisler and McCoy take the offensive, emphasizing chiefly the need for atheists to think more clearly and especially to stop contradicting themselves. This volume is recommended especially for those who are interested in the current debates on the subject of the New Atheism.
-Gary R. Habermas,
Liberty University

The Atheist's Fatal Flaw offers a concise and important look at the logical fallacies of today's atheism and how to respond from a biblical perspective. Readers will find the information they need to better comprehend and communicate their faith to both skeptics and to believers who desire to share the reason for the hope within them.
-Dr. John Ankerberg

The Atheist's Fatal Flaw maintains a calm, reasonable objectivity in exposing an explicit inconsistency in atheism. The message of the atheists contains two crucial points. On the one hand, if there were a good God, he would make himself known far more clearly in the universe than the atheist is willing to acknowledge. On the other hand, atheists rule out of court the notion that God could have or would have actually intervened in the world, as demonstrated by the typical atheist argument against miracles. Written in a clear, flowing style, this book is a model for Christian apologetics today.
-Winfried Corduan, PhD,
Taylor University

Atheists like to exalt logic and reason. In The Atheist's Fatal Flaw, Geisler and McCoy effectively utilize logic and reason to utterly demolish key atheistic arguments, showing their profound inconsistencies and contradictions, especially as related to divine intervention and the problem of evil. Highly recommended.
-Dr. Ron Rhodes

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