Alister McGrath's latest book Why God Won't Go Away provides a brief but comprehensive look at the movement known as New Atheism and its leading figures: Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. According to McGrath, not only does New Atheism assert that there is no God, but it blames religion for the violence, oppression, and social divisions in the world, claiming that religion is at fault for events like 9/11. Those who profess a belief in God are looked upon as "ignorant" and "lacking reason" and are "worthy of contempt." Rationality and science are the authorities New Atheism relies upon to support and justify these claims, but, as McGrath points out, there are limitations to both that New Atheism fails to acknowledge or address. Ironically, in their zeal to eliminate religion, this contemporary movement has metamorphosed into a fundamentalist group not so unlike those it has set out to destroy. After delineating and debunking each of New Atheism's tenets and revealing serious flaws in its logic, McGrath asserts that the movement's future is fading fast as God simply won't go.
Before reading this book, I had never heard of New Atheism or any of its figureheads, and my knowledge of atheism itself was very limited. That is part of the reason I chose to read this book. As a Christian parent, I believe I have a responsibility to stay informed about any potential threats to my faith in order to defend it at all costs. McGrath's book provides a wealth of information that will help the Christian defend his or her faith against atheists, "New" and old. As a former atheist-turned-Christian, McGrath himself knows the arguments on both sides of the table and presents his thoroughly researched evidence in a clear, concise manner with a witty writing style that renders the somewhat dry subject matter more palatable. Why God Won't Go Away is a must-read for all Christians who intend to defend their faith in God to those who refuse to see Him.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Every Single Man’s Battle is designed as an accompanying guide to Every Mans Battle, and generally is geared toward a study or small group. The book deals with the deep underlying causes of sexual integrity issues with single men and the authors are extremely vulnerable with respect to telling their own stories and struggles. I am single, and I have read Every Man's Battle, and I found a lot of encouraging reminders, tips and tricks.
Overall, this book could be extremely valuable in a group setting, or with single men that are trying to live a pure life as we should. I think it serves as a great "jumping off point" for discussion in a small group setting or a place to start with an accountability partner so that they will know where you are coming from and where you want to be.
The content of this book is good, as is everything else that has come from these authors. The authors do not sugar coat anything. They are honest about their lives and what has happened in their past and how they got to where they are now. To be straight up honest with everybody I believe that every single male 15+ should read this book because it will open their eyes to the lies that Satan doesn’t want them to know are lies.
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