Why God Won T Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?

by Alister Mcgrath

Thomas Nelson | April 14, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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"A robust defense of the God of the Bible...This is a book for serious thinkers who wish to make God real in a world that has forgotten its Creator and Maker." -- Joni Eareckson Tada

In a decade embroiled in fanaticism and fear, a renewed interest in the age-old debate over the question of God has reignited, giving rise to a new group of media-savvy contenders dubbed the "New Atheists." As expressed in the works of best-selling authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the New Atheists have found a foothold in today''s cynical society, and have ramped up their efforts to debunk the existence of God.

Renowned historian, theologian, and scholar Alister McGrath is on the frontlines of this conversation,  publicly debating many of these prominent skeptics. In this thoughtful and accessible volume, McGrath gives a spirited rebuttal to the claims of the New Atheists, critiquing the New Atheism on its own merits and exploring the fundamental questions:

  • Who are the New Atheists, and what do they believe?

  • Is religion delusional and evil?

  • Are human beings fundamentally good?

  • How do reason and science prove or disprove faith?

  • Is the best hope for humanity a "New Enlightenment"?

Why God Won''t Go Away explores how the movement''s ideas are defined and propagated, helping us understand the agendas and anxieties of this global movement and its appeal to society as a whole. Why God Won''t Go Away explores what is "new" about New Atheism, critiques the movement on its core themes of violence, reason, and science, and asks, where does the New Atheism go from here?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: April 14, 2011

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 084994645X

ISBN - 13: 9780849946455

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Why God Won T Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?

Why God Won T Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?

by Alister Mcgrath

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: April 14, 2011

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 084994645X

ISBN - 13: 9780849946455

About the Book

"Why God Won't Go Away" is an accessible discourse written by a trusted expert and scholar critiquing the new atheism on its own merits and claims.

From the Publisher

"A robust defense of the God of the Bible...This is a book for serious thinkers who wish to make God real in a world that has forgotten its Creator and Maker." -- Joni Eareckson Tada

In a decade embroiled in fanaticism and fear, a renewed interest in the age-old debate over the question of God has reignited, giving rise to a new group of media-savvy contenders dubbed the "New Atheists." As expressed in the works of best-selling authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the New Atheists have found a foothold in today''s cynical society, and have ramped up their efforts to debunk the existence of God.

Renowned historian, theologian, and scholar Alister McGrath is on the frontlines of this conversation,  publicly debating many of these prominent skeptics. In this thoughtful and accessible volume, McGrath gives a spirited rebuttal to the claims of the New Atheists, critiquing the New Atheism on its own merits and exploring the fundamental questions:

  • Who are the New Atheists, and what do they believe?

  • Is religion delusional and evil?

  • Are human beings fundamentally good?

  • How do reason and science prove or disprove faith?

  • Is the best hope for humanity a "New Enlightenment"?

Why God Won''t Go Away explores how the movement''s ideas are defined and propagated, helping us understand the agendas and anxieties of this global movement and its appeal to society as a whole. Why God Won''t Go Away explores what is "new" about New Atheism, critiques the movement on its core themes of violence, reason, and science, and asks, where does the New Atheism go from here?

About the Author

Alister E. McGrath holds the chair of theology, ministry, and education at King''s College London, having previously held the chair of historical theology at Oxford University. A former atheist, he has a special interest in dialoguing and critiquing the New Atheism, and he has publicly debated Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. He has written many books, including the international bestseller The Dawkins Delusion? He lectures regularly in the United States.
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