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.
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!
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.