June 23, 2008

[Book] "The Delusions of Disbelief: Answering the Arguments of Atheism"

The Delusions of Disbelief: Answering the Arguments of Atheism
David Aikman
Salt River / 2008 / Hardcover

Product Description:
An attack on the Christian faith has recently been waged by those who have adhered to New Atheism. Attacks on the orthodox Christian faith are nothing new, but many of these attacks in the form of bestselling books have sought to argue that belief in God is not just deluded, but is dangerous to society. In The Delusion of Disbelief, former Time senior correspondent and bestselling author David Aikman offers an articulate, reasoned response to four writers at the forefront of today's anti-faith movement: Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens.
Aikman skillfully argues against the New Atheism movement, exposing their errors and inconsistencies. He explains what appears to motivate atheists and their followers; encourages Christians to look closely at what they believe; arms readers with powerful arguments in response to critics of faith; and exposes the social problems that atheism has caused throughout the world. 192 Pages. Hardcover from Tyndale House.
Author Bio:
Dr. David Aikman is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, a best-selling author, and a foreign policy consultant based in the Washington D.C. area. His wide-ranging professional achievements include a twenty-three-year career at Time magazine, serving for several years as bureau chief in Eastern Europe, Beijing, and Jerusalem, his reporting spanning the globe and covering nearly all the major historical events of the time. Dr. Aikman was educated at Oxford University and holds a PhD from the University of Washington in Russian and Chinese history.
Publisher's Description:
The last few years have seen a great assault upon faith in the publishing world, with an influx of books denouncing religious belief. While attacks on faith are not new, what is notable about these books--several of which have hit the bestseller charts--is their contention that belief in God is not only deluded, but dangerous to society.

In The Delusion of Disbelief, former Time senior correspondent and bestselling author David Aikman offers an articulate, reasoned response to four writers at the forefront of today’s anti-faith movement: Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens.
Aikman shines a light on the arguments of these "evangelists of atheism," skillfully exposing their errors and inconsistencies. He explains what appears to motivate atheists and their followers; encourages Christians to look closely at what they believe; arms readers with powerful arguments in response to critics of faith; and exposes the social problems that atheism has caused throughout the world.
Aikman also takes on one of the most controversial questions of our time: Can American liberties survive in the absence of widespread belief in God on the part of the nation’s people? The answer to that question, says Aikman, is critically important to your future.
The Delusion of Disbelief is a thoughtful, intelligent resource for anyone concerned about the increasingly strident and aggressive new attacks on religious belief. It is the book that every person of faith should read--and give away.
Publisher's Weekly:
Journalist and biographer Aikman offers a spiritedly unsympathetic review of the “new atheism” represented by Daniel Dennett (Breaking the Spell), Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (Letter to a Christian Nation), and Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great). As might be expected from any one author simultaneously engaging four opponents, Aikman struggles at times amid a flurry of arguments and counterarguments. Still, many of his criticisms score on their targets. Aikman reads the new atheists in historical perspective as the heirs of Voltaire, Marx, Feuerbach and Mencken, as well as in their immediate setting of post-9/11 fears of religious extremism and discontent with the Bush administration and its perceived evangelical leanings. While not an expert on all the issues the new atheists raise—chapters on science and biblical criticism rely heavily on arguments made by other reviewers—Aikman speaks effectively to the interplay between religious belief (or disbelief) and politics, whether among the American founders or in contemporary North Korea. But after criticizing the new atheists' inflammatory rhetoric, Aikman does not always rise to a higher level himself: references to Harris's drug use and Hitchens's communist past and drinking habits become gratuitous. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

[Book] "God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens"

God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens
By: John F. Haught
Westminster / John Knox / 2008 / Paperback

Book Description:
It can sometimes be difficult just believing what you know to be true. When the best-seller lists are packed with anti-Christian treatises by intellectual-sounding writers, the questions arise. Should I examine my faith in the light of this 'new' information? Should I ignore the authors because they are atheists? Will their conclusions make me doubt my faith if I read their books? Does it really matter?

Faith is under fire; Christianity is being attacked from many fronts; the new 'soft' atheism (not the classical 'hard' atheism of Nietzsche and Sartre) is much in the news. But instead of being overwhelmed by the world, the conscientious Christian should study the Word of God to find the answers, and it isn't really difficult to do. In this book John Haught takes on a triumvirate of modern atheists who have become media darlings of late - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens - elucidating their arguments to show their failure, both in logic and in rhetoric.

Haught, basing his methodology on the theology of Tillich, Barth, Rahner and other similar theologians, applies logic to the problem of the new soft-core atheism, but with a focus on the problem, not (for the most part) the theological implications. A final chapter (using theistic evolution as it's argument) caps off the book with an attack on the atheists' understanding of God, thus showing that these books are simply attacking a fallacious version of a deity they believe to be the Christian God.

[Book] "Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul"

Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul
By: J.P. Moreland
NAV Press / 1997 / Paperback

Book Description:
J.P. Moreland is concerned for the evangelical community. He feels that it is currently being held captive by a thoroughly modern understanding of Christianity which has diminished our ability to positively affect change in our culture. In other words, we are no longer salty, and cannot (do not) function as the salt of the earth. What does Jesus say about salt that has lost its flavor? It is good for nothing and must be thrown out (actually, Jesus, in his ever mild manner, says to throw it out and trample it underfoot).

Just what is it that makes us the salt of the earth? Moreland makes a convincing argument that our intellectual capabilities are a large part of that saltiness. The modern understanding of Christianity that has made us flavorless? A strong and deeply held conviction that Christianity is supposed to be anti-intellectual (supra-rational). Thus, Moreland examines how pervasive anti-intellectualism was in Christianity during the twentieth century, and he argues that we need to recover true Christian intellect and rationality to once again become salt in this world.

Moreland asks several very important questions regarding the relationship of intellect (mind) and faith. Those questions include: Why should the mind matter in Christianity? How can one develop a mature Christian mind? What does a mature Christian mind look like? How can we guarantee a future for the Christian mind? The answers are, obviously, well-thought out and well-reasoned. They are also informative, and the overall effect is a practical, rational book which teaches us to re-elevate reason to its proper status in the Christian life. After all, Jesus did summarize the law by telling us to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind.

Customer Reviews:
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5 out of 5 stars, 8 of 8 Reviews Showing:

5 out of 5 stars,
Reviewed by Felipe Cabrera (Hollister, CA), March 14, 2008
A most read for any Christian today. Powerful in that it brings the reader to the basics of the message of Christ, love Him with evrything you have, and of course, the mind is the first! I was so impressed I will give copies to two pastors and my brothers.
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Joel Weber (Loveland, CO), July 23, 2007
One of my favorite books! This book alone helped pave my budding interest in Truth and Apologetics. Moreland will challenge the great mass of church-goers to evaluate how engaged their minds are, in every area of their lives. Here you will see with clarity that as followers of Christ, made in his image - we have a mind that must subject all things to reason and logic. We are called to be actively engaged in worship and Spiritual growth, and this book will explain why and where we as a whole, fall short of "loving God with our minds". Being a Christian is not about feeling a certain way, but truly about thinking a certain way. Moreland with words of grace with eloquently knock against your mind to see if there might be anyone home to reason with him. Are you ready to leave the milk and sink your teeth into a little meat?
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Milton M. Slocum, MD (Shreveport, Louisiana), April 24, 2006
When I first read this book several years ago, it fundamentally changed my view of my life and my goals. For the first time i felt free to explore the world as I had always believe God intended. I credit this book with helping me to work out a well-reasoned faith with the subsequent development of an intellectual certainty about the reality of God's existence. This certainty has allowed me to bring my belief about God into all aspects of my life without fear. The secular/sacred dicotomy in which I had always lived vanished; freeing me to life only one life. Dr. Moreland is truly my hero and this is the work of his that began an amazingly wonderful journey for me.
4.5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Dr. Robert W. Kellemen (Taneytown, MD), September 14, 2005
When I use this book in graduate classes, I nickname it "Love God with Your Brain." The switch of brain for mind jolts people, making them stop, then think. God created us with a physical brain and a metaphysical mind and, as Moreland rightly urges, we must engage both. His subtitle explains the real focus of his work: "The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul." Too often, we disconnect mind and soul, brain and spirituality, reason and sanctification. Moreland urges us back to the historical Christian path of loving God with our heart, soul, mind, and spirit. My only wish regarding "Love God with Your Mind" would be that Moreland did not at times seemingly pit mind against soul, reason against passion, intellect against emotion. I understand how hard it is not to seem somewhat overbalanced in a book where you are countering the post-modern imbalance. However, true spirituality has always been about religious affections and renewed thinking. Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming "Beyond the Suffering: The Story of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Jason Towers (Radford, VA), October 13, 2003
Moreland does a remarkable job of demonstrating the necessity of forming a strong Christian mind. If this book does not whet your appetite for building a stronger foundation in the area of apologetics, it is quite possible that nothing will.
4.5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Michael Freeman (USA), April 21, 2002
The previous reviewer about how the book is "hard to put down" except for the section on logic misses the point of the section and the book. It is as if he says, "Except for the part that forms the basis of your defense against the Christian faith, the defense of the Christian faith is interesting." How foolish! Obviously, he misses Moreland's point. It is precisely against this type of anti-intellectual mentality that Moreland writes. Do not make the same mistake.
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by JM Hucks (Winston-Salem, NC), August 10, 2001
What a fabulous book! A good primer for anyone interested in learning more about apologetics. Moreland reminds us that the study of the defense of the faith has been sorely neglected in today’s church. Aside from the short portion of the book on logical thinking, this is a hard book to put down. If you’re considering reading this, I strongly encourage you to follow through—you won’t be sorry!
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Vikki (Riverside, CA), April 06, 2001
This is a "meat and potatoes" book. It will stimulate your walk with God and challenge you to jump start your mind in many areas. We, as Christians, have forgotten the beauty of a hungry mind and the danger of not feeding it.

[Book] "The Case For A Creator"

The Case For A Creator
By: Lee Strobel
Zondervan / 2004 / Hardcover

Book Description:
From evolutionary icons to the uniqueness of planet Earth, from irreducible complexity to the kalam cosmological argument, Lee Strobel gives full rein to his keen analytical mind in addressing these issues and more. But don't expect an inaccessible tome of arcane scientific terms; Strobel's years of newspaper reporting gives the book a conversational style. Relying on transcriptions of his interviews with experts in the pertinent fields, he tells the incredible stories about the hard science behind what some have termed creationism. Extensively researched, this book should be a classic apologetic text for years to come.

Publisher's Description:
Lee Strobel investigates the latest scientific discoveries to see whether they form a solid basis for believing in God.

Publisher's Weekly:
Strobel, whose apologetics titles The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith have enjoyed strong popularity among evangelicals, approaches creation/evolution issues in the same simple and energetic style. The format will be familiar to readers of previous Case books: Strobel visits with scholars and researchers and works each interview into a topical outline. Although Strobel does not interview any "hostile" witnesses, he exposes readers to the work of some major origins researchers (including Jonathan Wells, Stephen Meyer and Michael Behe) and theistic philosophers (including William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland). Strobel claims no expertise in science or metaphysics, but as an interviewer he makes this an asset, prodding his sources to translate jargon and provide illustrations for their arguments. At times, the interview format loses momentum as seams begin to show between interview recordings, rewrites, research notes and details imported from his subjects' CVs (here, Strobel's efforts at buffing his subjects' smart-guy credentials can become a little too intense). The most curious feature of the book-not uncommon in the origins literature but unusual in a work of Christian apologetics-is that biblical narratives and images of creation, and the significance of creation for Christian theology, receive such brief mention. Still, this solid introduction to the most important topics in origins debates is highly accessible and packs a good argumentative punch. (Apr.) Forecast: Strobel's books The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith won Gold Medallion awards and sold into the seven figures. This month, also watch for his The Case for Easter to argue for the historical authenticity of the Resurrection (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews:
"…Strobel exposes the shortcomings of Darwin’s theory of evolution quite effectively…Strobel insists that with a fresh examination of the evidence which science now presents, Darwin’s theory of evolution is no longer reasonable. There are too many gaps, unexplained hypotheses and conceptual flaws…This is an excellent book for those who wish to think seriously through the theory of evolution, and for those who continue to wrestle with Christianity’s claims for a creator God. It is well written, the documentation is verifiable and Strobel’s skills as a journalist and lawyer are self-evident in the book’s composition…" —
Christian Week -- Prince George, B.C.

"… While the subject matter is complicated and 'heavy in the head', Strobel presents the information in a highly fluid, conversational manner. While science may not have discovered God, he finds that science is giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of the universe." — Carroll County News -- Alan Long (CNN Faith Editor)

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5 out of 5 stars,
Reviewed by Vonny Kusumawati (California), April 03, 2007

Great book. I was taught many of the false and misleading scientific discoveries through out college. I'm glad that I found this book. It's a must read for everyone involved in children, teenager and youth ministries.

5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Heather Kuruvilla (Xenia, OH), May 24, 2005

This book is awesome! It was a great encouragement to me, as a scientist. I wish more young scientists would read it.

4.5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Alan (Daphne, AL), February 27, 2005

A must read for anyone interested in apologetics. The theories can be a little difficult to grasp at times, but Strobel does an excellent job of portraying it all in a fairly understandable manner. Very enlightening.

[Book] "The Historical Reliability of the Gospels"

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
Craig L. Blomberg
Inter-Varsity Press / 2008 / Paperback

Book Description:
The Gospels provide the most thorough account of Jesus Christ. But what if the stories about his life and work are legends? Scholars have occasionally cast doubt on the reliability of the Gospels. New approaches to biblical studies have only increased the challenges. Can we continue to trust the New Testament? In this revised edition, Craig Blomberg reveals the faulty analysis and presuppositions that have led to mistaken conclusions about the Gospels, providing scholarly criteria for judging these books and biblical answers to our hard questions. This new edition has been thoroughly updated in light of new developments with numerous additions to the footnotes and two added appendixes. Readers will find that over the past twenty years, the case for the historical trustworthiness of the Gospels has grown vastly stronger.

Author Bio:
Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include Interpreting the Parables, Neither Poverty nor Riches, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel, commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians, Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions and Preaching the Parables.

[Book] "Galileo, Darwin, and Hawking: The Interplay of Science, Reason, and Religion"

Galileo, Darwin, and Hawking: The Interplay of Science, Reason, and Religion
By: Phil Dowe
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2005 / Paperback

Book Description:
First, Dowe sketches in a concise introduction to the philosophy of science; then he ably defends the "interaction view," which sees science and religion as essentially complementary. Focuses on the lives of Galileo, Darwin, and Hawking, and those conflicted issues of cosmology, evolution, and miracles. 205 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.

[Book] "Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas"

Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas
Kelly Monroe Kullberg
More in
Veritas Forum Books Series
Inter-varsity Press / 2006 / Hardcover

Book Description:
In her book
Finding God at Harvard, Kelly Monroe brought together the stories of thinking Christians whose search for truth led them to Veritas - in the person of Jesus Christ. Now she tells the story of her own journey into wonder and discovery, which took her beyond the ivied walls of Harvard to universities across the country. In the midst of the arid skepticism of the academy, she found a vibrant, interdisciplinary community unafraid of facing life's toughest questions, embracing the quest for true knowledge with intellectual rigor, delight and joy. As The Veritas Forum grappled with the insights of the academy's brightest scholars, Kelly came to realize that the truth or Veritas is no mere abstract concept but the very light by which we see all things.

[Book] "Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians"

Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians
By: Kelly Monroe Kullberg
More in
Veritas Forum Books Series
IVP Books / 2007 / Paperback

Book Description:
"A collection of eloquent essays by current and former faculty and students of Harvard, its contributors give personal testimony of a faith retained, deepened, and even nurtured,"---First Things. Included are Robert Coles, Armand Nicholi, Jr., Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lamin Sanneh, Owen Gingerich, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. 368 pages, softcover. InterVarsity.

[Book] "Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty"

Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty
Edited By:
Paul Anderson
Inter-varsity Press / 1998 / Paperback

Book Description:
Often the university is seen as a hothouse of anti-Christian bias. Every other belief system, no matter how exotic, seems to receive more respect and support than historic Christian belief. Yet even in this environment, steadily and certainly, men and women of faith have continued to hold and grow in their confidence in Christ.
Here are the stories of twenty-two such Christian faculty, who tell in their own words the difference that Christ has made in their lives and their work. Respected and accomplished in a variety of academic disciplines, these believers have come to a strong understanding of their faith within their professions. They have wrestled with the issues of a complex world and found meaning and purpose through their spiritual journeys. These very personal stories offer thoughtful models of how faith can not only survive but thrive in the university world.

[Book] "Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters"

Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters
Voices from the International Society for Science and Religion
Edited by Fraser Watts and Kevin Dutton
October 2006, 6 x 9, 168 pages
Book Description:
Each world faith tradition has its own distinctive relationship with science, and the science-religion dialogue benefits from a greater awareness of what this relationship is. In this book, members of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) offer international and multi-faith perspectives on how new discoveries in science are met with insights regarding spiritual realities.
The essays reflect the conviction that “religion and science each proceed best when they’re pursued in dialogue with each other, and also that our fragmented and divided world would benefit more from a stronger dialogue between science and religion.” In Part One, George F. R. Ellis, John C. Polkinghorne, and Holmes Rolston III, each a Templeton Prize winner, discuss their views on why the science and religion dialogue matters. They are joined in Part Two by distinguished theologians Fraser Watts and Philip Clayton, who place the dialogue in an international context; John Polkinghorne’s inaugural address to the ISSR in 2002 is also included. In Part Three, five members of the ISSR look at the distinctive relationships of their faiths to science:
  • Carl Feit on Judaism
  • Munawar Anees on Islam
  • B.V. Subbarayappa on Hinduism
  • Trinh Xuan Thuan on Buddhism
  • Heup Young Kim on Asian Christianity
George Ellis, the recently elected second president of ISSR, summarizes the contributions of his colleagues. Ronald Cole-Turner then concludes the book with a discussion of the future of the science and religion dialogue.
  • Theological insights from an international perspective
  • First collection of essays from the International Society for Science and Religion
  • Offers multi-faith perspectives from Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Asian-Christian viewpoints

[Book] "Science and Religion"

Science and Religion
A Critical Survey
With a New Introduction
Holmes Rolston III
September 2006, 6 x 9, 408 pages

Book Description:
This landmark book, first published in 1987, is now back in print, with a new introduction by its award-winning author. An interdisciplinary approach to the central themes of scientific and religious thought, this book was widely heralded upon its publication for the richness and depth of its contribution to the science and religion dialogue.
According to Holmes Rolston III, there are fundamental questions that science alone cannot answer; these questions are the central religious questions. He uses the scientific method of inquiry to distill key issues from science, and then he integrates them in a study that begins with matter and moves through life, mind, culture, history, and spirit.
Incorporating religious and scientific worldviews, he begins with an examination of two natural sciences: physics and biology. He then extrapolates examples from two human sciences: psychology and sociology. Next, he moves to the storied universe and world history, raising and addressing religious questions. “Never in the histories of science and religion have the opportunities been greater for fertile interaction between these fields, with mutual benefits to both,” states Rolston.The re-publication of this book provides current researchers and students in the field an invaluable, timeless methodological resource.The new introduction offers updated insights based on new scientific research.
“notable for its breadth and depth . . . filled with admirably argued and powerfully presented treatments of critical issues.”—Joseph Pickle, Colorado College, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
“a superb and subtle book.”—David Foxgrover, Christian Century
“a monumental work . . . [T]he book is truly outstanding.”—John H. Wright, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Theological Studies
“Rolston’s presentation of the methods of science, along with up-to-date summaries of the main achievements of the various sciences, is commendable for its clarity and critical acumen.”—Choice
  • Twentieth anniversary paperback of a landmark text in the science and religion dialogue
  • Includes new introduction by the author
  • A timeless classic now available again

[Book] "The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion"

The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion
Alister E. McGrath
Blackwell Publishing / 1999 / Hardcover

Book Description:
In this book, Alister McGrath explores the relation of religion and the natural sciences, focusing specifically on Christianity as a case study. The book explores the way in which religions and the natural sciences differ from each other, yet converge on matters of considerable interest in a number of areas.

[Book] "The Reason for God"

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
By: Timothy Keller
Dutton Adult / 2008 / Hardcover

From the website:
Why does God allow suffering in the world?
How could a loving God send people to Hell?
Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive?
How can one religion be “right” and the others “wrong”?
Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God?
These are just a few of the questions and doubts even ardent believers wrestle with today. As the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Timothy Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced “doubts” skeptics bring to his church as well as the most important reasons for faith. And in The Reason for God, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason.
Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.
Book Description:
How could a loving God send people to hell? Why does he allow suffering? Can one religion be "right" and the others "wrong"? Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.
Publisher's Description:
The End of Faith. The God Delusion. God Is Not Great. Letter to a Christian Nation. Bestseller lists are filled with doubters. But what happens when you actually doubt your doubts?

Although a vocal minority continues to attack the Christian faith, for most Americans, faith is a large part of their lives: 86 percent of Americans refer to themselves as religious, and 75 percent of all Americans consider themselves Christians. So how should they respond to these passionate, learned, and persuasive books that promote science and secularism over religion and faith? For years, Tim Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced “doubts” skeptics bring to his Manhattan church. And in The Reason for God, he single-handedly dismantles each of them. Written with atheists, agnostics, and skeptics in mind, Keller also provides an intelligent platform on which true believers can stand their ground when bombarded by the backlash. The Reason for God challenges such ideology at its core and points to the true path and purpose of Christianity.

Why is there suffering in the world? How could a loving God send people to Hell? Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive? Shouldn’t the Christian God be a god of love? How can one religion be “right” and the rest “wrong”? Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God? These are just a few of the questions even ardent believers wrestle with today. In this book, Tim Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations and reasoning, and even pop culture to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.
Author Bio:
As the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Tim Keller started his congregation with a few dozen people. It now draws over five thousand weekly attendees who meet in three Manhattan locations. Redeemer has since spawned a movement of churches across America and throughout major world cities. Many pastors model their churches on Redeemer and Tim’s thoughtful style of preaching.
Publisher's Weekly:
In this apologia for Christian faith, Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for skeptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author's encounters as founding pastor of New York's booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church. One of Keller's most provocative arguments is that "all doubts, however skeptical and cynical they may seem, are really a set of alternate beliefs." Drawing on sources as diverse as 19th-century author Robert Louis Stevenson and contemporary New Testament theologian N.T. Wright, Keller attempts to deconstruct everyone he finds in his way, from the evolutionary psychologist Richard Dawkins to popular author Dan Brown. The first, shorter part of the book looks at popular arguments against God's existence, while the second builds on general arguments for God to culminate in a sharp focus on the redemptive work of God in Christ. Keller's condensed summaries of arguments for and against theism make the scope of the book overwhelming at times. Nonetheless, it should serve both as testimony to the author's encyclopedic learning and as a compelling overview of the current debate on faith for those who doubt and for those who want to reevaluate what they believe, and why. (Feb. 14) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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4.5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by www.bookbargainsandpreviews.com (Batavia, NY), May 11, 2008
This is a wonderful work of Christian apologetics. It examines the tough questions that are asked, not just by unbelievers, but by believers also. It also takes a look at the arguments used to attack the Christian Faith and gives the reader the tools to stand up for their beliefs. The Reason for God is written in an easy to read, understandable fashion, not just for the scholar. It is a book that everyone should have on hand to sharpen our skills in debating the existence of God with an unbeliever.
4.5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Dave (Sterling, CO), May 09, 2008
A very well written book, this is an excellent resource for anyone who is seeking, has seeking friends or family, or anyone (like myself) who is into Apologetics. The book is broken into two main sections, the first examines the main secular arguments AGAINST God and Christianity, exposing the logical fallacies and misconceptions of the vast majority of atheist arguments. The second section is a general overview of a lot of affirmative evidence FOR creationism and Theism in general, and for God and Christianity in particular. The author, while clearly speaking from a Reformed perspective, does an excellent job addressing the issues, while leaving the theological implications to the reader. My only complaint is that this book does seem to mostly stick to hitting the high points of an argument, and is not heavy on the details. This is a minor complaint, however, as there is a LOT of content, and if each subject were given an in-depth treatment, the book would need instead to be several volumes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about faith, wants to deepen their faith, or wants help sharing it.
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Karl Schaffenburg (West Point, MS), May 01, 2008
Outstanding. The best piece of Christian apology I have seen since Lewis (with apologies to N.T. Wright). Not only is the work accessible, it examines in detail the argumnets which underly secular attacks on the faith, allowing an apologist to engage a doubter on their own field. I am using this now as the foundation for an enquirers' class of the college-aged.
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by Rev. Doyle peyton (Bellville, Ohio), April 17, 2008
A good apologetic work written to answer common objections to the faith. It is written in a fashion more understandable for the modern mindset than some of the older classic works. His chapter on the centrality of the cross, though helpful, I believe clouds the full understanding of Christ's death as propitiation.

[Book] "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief"

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Francis S. Collins
Free Press / Hardcover

Book Description:
Collins, a former atheist, but most notably the head of the Human Genome Project, presents BioLogos (theistic evolution) for a new generation. Comparing it to atheistic evolution, Intelligent Design (ID) and creationism, he highlights the good points of this proposition that God directed evolution to its resolution in mankind. Working within this framework, he details BioLogosian logic about the origin of life, hypotheses from the Human Genome Project, and bioethics.

Publisher's Description:
Does science necessarily undermine faith in God? Or could it actually support faith? Beyond the flashpoint debates over the teaching of evolution, or stem-cell research, most of us struggle with contradictions concerning life's ultimate question. We know that accidents happen, but we believe we are on earth for a reason. Until now, most scientists have argued that science and faith occupy distinct arenas. Francis Collins, a former atheist as a science student who converted to faith as he became a doctor, is about to change that.

Collins's faith in God has been confirmed and enhanced by the revolutionary discoveries in biology that he has helped to oversee. He has absorbed the arguments for atheism of many scientists and pundits, and he can refute them. Darwinian evolution occurs, yet, as he explains, it cannot fully explain human nature -- evolution can and must be directed by God. He offers an inspiring tour of the human genome to show the miraculous nature of God's instruction book. Sure to be compared with C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, this is a stunning document, whether you are a believer, a seeker, or an atheist.

Library Journal:

When the head of the Human Genome Project calls the genetic code "the language of God," he deserves to be taken very seriously. In a discussion that is both broadly ecumenical and scientifically incontrovertible, Collins entertains propositions both for and against the existence of God and biblical authority, as well as the moral implications of bioethics. He personalizes the narrative by recounting his own journey from atheism to faith, portraying it as much an intellectual quest as a spiritual one. His excellent discussion of intelligent design seeks not to debunk the theory, but rather to cite its limitations and to show how a scientific worldview transcends them without, in his opinion, conflicting with faith. Finally, he talks about his vision of "BioLogos," or science and religion in harmony. An essential read, equally for readers of religious or secular persuasions. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly:
Collins, a pioneering medical geneticist who once headed the Human Genome Project, adapts his title from President Clinton's remarks announcing completion of the first phase of the project in 2000: "Today we are learning the language in which God created life." Collins explains that as a Christian believer, "the experience of sequencing the human genome, and uncovering this most remarkable of all texts, was both a stunning scientific achievement and an occasion of worship." This marvelous book combines a personal account of Collins's faith and experiences as a genetics researcher with discussions of more general topics of science and spirituality, especially centering around evolution. Following the lead of C.S. Lewis, whose Mere Christianity was influential in Collins's conversion from atheism, the book argues that belief in a transcendent, personal God-and even the possibility of an occasional miracle-can and should coexist with a scientific picture of the world that includes evolution. Addressing in turn fellow scientists and fellow believers, Collins insists that "science is not threatened by God; it is enhanced" and "God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible." Collins's credibility as a scientist and his sincerity as a believer make for an engaging combination, especially for those who, like him, resist being forced to choose between science and God. (July 17) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews:
"What an elegantly written book. In it Francis Collins, the eminent scientist, tells why he is also a devout believer.... A real godsend for those with questioning minds but who are also attracted to things spiritual." -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"The world respects Francis as a brilliant scientist responsible for breakthrough discoveries benefiting mankind. For a decade I have been privileged to admire him as a devoted family man and talented musician with a charmingly sharp wit. This intellectually honest, spiritually grounded reconciliation of God and science helps answer your greatest questions. I was profoundly enlightened and believe this important book should be required reading." -- Naomi Judd

"Francis Collins, one of the world's most distinguished scientists, treats the relationship of science and religion with reason and reverence. Collins's mix of clear technical exposition and personal reflection is infused with an intellectual and spiritual honesty. Everyone who questions how religious faith could be reconciled with scientific knowledge, everyone who fears that modern science attacks the heart of religious faith, everyone interested in an enlightened discussion of a crucial issue of our time should read this book." -- William D. Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics

"In today's world, scarred by cultural warfare, it is rare for a scientist to offer a testimony of faith in God. For that scientist to be one of the world's most renowned is rarer still. For his testimony to be so lucid and compelling, combining reason and revelation, science and spirit, is unheard of. The Language of God belongs on the shelf of every believer and every seeker." -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, Founding Pastor, the Crystal Cathedral

Customer Reviews:
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4 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Andrew (Istanbul, Turkey), February 18, 2008

As a former Christian who became an atheist over several years of hard inquiry, I read this book to see if I had missed anything. In short, not theologically. His arguments do not adequately take the last few decades of serious New Testament biblical scholarship into account. In not doing so, they also fail to answer the key questions of why one particular system of belief and not another one. Moving from knowledge gap and intuition, to death on the cross is just too big of a leap for me. His spiritualism is heartfelt and real. However, it really does not provide much in the way of evidence for belief. It would not surprise me if his publisher wrote the title. It did remind me yet again, however, of what atheists are missing. His very honest, intelligent, and passionate discussion of his reasons for moving toward a more spiritual life was very humanistic and respectful in a way that, unfortunately, is missing these days from the increasingly vitriolic atheist camp. It is ironic that we who espouse humanism cannot be more humanistic. In terms of shear decency and who most readers would rather share the planet with, Collins puts the current crop of popular atheist authors to shame.

2 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Mary Jo Burchart (Orion, MI), October 12, 2007

As a Christian and a scientist, I was eager to read Dr. Collins' book. I found it very intriguing, as cellular and molecular biology is my concentration. However, if you believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, you will have a hard time reconciling Dr. Collins' Biologos with Genesis. He considers this book more "allegory and poetry". I was disappointed.

5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by BW (Northwest Ohio), February 14, 2007

This book is incredible! As a science teacher AND a Christian believer, Francis Collins filled in a lot of gaps that tend to separate the two. His book is highly readable and thought-provoking. What a treat!

5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by David Buchanan (Stillwater, OK), February 09, 2007

Francis Collins is the Director of the Human Genome Project. This makes him one of the most recognizable scientists in America. He is also a Christian. “The Language of God” is his very public assertion that it is possible to be a person of science and a person of faith simultaneously. He has been joined recently by other scientist-believers (Owen Gingerich – Astronomy, Harvard University; Joan Roughgarden – Evolutionary Biology, Stanford University) in making this assertion (“God’s Universe” and “Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist”, respectively). Collin’s book covers a lot of territory. He presents his autobiography, his testimony and a brief history of the Human Genome Project. He also presents his views on naturalism, intelligent design, creationism and his preferred view, theistic evolution, which he would like to rechristen as “BioLogos”. In addition, he discusses current genetic-medical issues such as stem-cell research and cloning. Despite its wide range, the book is relatively brief and highly readable. It is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.

[Book] "Intellectuals Don't Need God, and Other Myths of the Modern World"

Intellectuals Don't Need God, and Other Myths of the Modern World
Alister E. McGrath
Zondervan / 1993 / Paperback

Book Description:
If you've struggled to make Christianity convincing to your friends, family, and coworkers, you'll appreciate this unique approach to apologetics. McGrath gives you a people-based method to overcoming intellectual and emotional obstacles to faith, and shows you how to relate the gospel to people where they're at in their lives. This picks up where the traditional intellectual riddles leave off! 224 pages, paper from Zondervan.

Publisher's Description:
This book is a presentation and defense of Christianity and of its claims to truth and relevance in the great marketplace of ideas.

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5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by david s. (olathe ks), September 09, 2007

Just a wonderfully intelligent "apologetic" study showing good, sane and sober reasons and reasoning for some basic theistic, biblical, Christian beliefs such as the existence of God and the resurrection of Jesus for instance. There is a wealth of deep, yet manageable, thought here for one to ponder.

[Book] "There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind"

There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
By: Anthony Flew
HarperOne / 2007 / Hardcover

Book Description:
In one of the biggest religion news stories of the new millennium, the Associated Press announced that Professor Antony Flew, the world's leading atheist, now believes in God.
Flew is a pioneer for modern atheism. His famous paper, Theology and Falsification, was first presented at a meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club chaired by C. S. Lewis and went on to become the most widely reprinted philosophical publication of the last five decades. Flew earned his fame by arguing that one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces. He now believes that such evidence exists, and There Is a God chronicles his journey from staunch atheism to believer.
For the first time, this book will present a detailed and fascinating account of Flew's riveting decision to revoke his previous beliefs and argue for the existence of God. Ever since Flew's announcement, there has been great debate among atheists and believers alike about what exactly this "conversion" means. There Is a God will finally put this debate to rest.
This is a story of a brilliant mind and reasoned thinker, and where his lifelong intellectual pursuit eventually led him: belief in God as designer.

Publisher's Weekly:
British philosopher Flew has long been something of an evangelist for atheism, debating theologians and pastors in front of enormous crowds. In 2004, breathless news reports announced that the nonagenarian had changed his mind. This book tells why. Ironically, his arguments about the absurdity of God-talk launched a revival of philosophical theists, some of whom, like Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, were important in Flew’s recent conversion to theism. Breakthroughs in science, especially cosmology, also played a part: if the speed or mass of the electron were off just a little, no life could have evolved on this planet. Perhaps the arrogance of the “New Atheists” also emboldened him, as Flew taunts them for failing to live up to the greatness of atheists of yore. The book concludes with an appendix by New Testament scholar and Anglican bishop N.T. Wright, arguing for the coherence of Christian belief in the resurrection. Flew praises Wright, though he maintains some distance still from orthodox Christianity. The book will be most avidly embraced by traditional theists seeking argumentative ammunition. It sometimes disappoints: quoting other authorities at length, citing religion-friendly scientists for pages at a time and belaboring side issues, like the claim that Einstein was really a religious believer of sorts. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Customer Reviews:
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(4.5 out of 5 stars), 2 of 2 Reviews Showing:

4 out of 5 stars,
Reviewed by John Cronin (Rosedale, NY), January 22, 2008
An interesting read by one of the most famous atheists of the 20th century. While I disagree with the stated contention that Flew had more of an impact than anyone else on the question of God, he certainly is a man who "follows the evidence wherever it may lead."
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by M. Renfro (Melbourne, FL), December 28, 2007

WOW! Prompted by the need to research what the "other side" was thinking and saying this book was suggested to me. In one book by a supreme authority (in this field) you get both sides of the argument. Highly philosophical it is sometimes a bit hard to absorb but well worth the effort. A must for your thinking atheist friends.

[Book] "Genes, Genesis and God"

Genes, Genesis and God
Holmes Rolston III
Cambridge University Press / 1999 / Paperback

Book Description:
(PUB Cambridge University) Features the famous Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh in November 1997, including a stinging critique of Richard Dawkins's "selfish gene" and Edward O. Wilson's "sociobiology." "One of the most sober and intelligent voices in the discussion between biology and theology,"---Christian Century. 400 pages, softcover.

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0 out of 5 stars, 1 out of 1 reviewby Charles Wright (Spring, Texas), September 11, 2005

The book takes upon faith that evolution is indeed the vehicle by which man has evolved. The main argument for evolution in the book is based on computer simulations of complex computer programs programming themselves and thereby evolving (what the author fails to find is that the computer, nor the program performing the programming, assembled themselves but were rather specifically built to perform that task). The author also tries to discredit God as a mere desire derived from the human condition and fails to identify distinct differences between animal and man.

[Book] "The Measure of God: History's Greatest Minds Wrestle with Reconciling Science & Religion"

The Measure of God: History's Greatest Minds Wrestle with Reconciling Science & Religion
Larry Witham
HarperOne / 2006 / Paperback

Book Description: "Witham has managed the impossible: to tell a coherent story about the diverse and often eccentric Gifford Lectures from their beginning. Telling this involves not only reading the lectures, but also knowing the social, political, and intellectual background of the various lecturers,"---Christian Century. 368 pages, softcover. HarperSanFrancisco.

Publisher's Description:

The Measure of God, now in paperback, is a lively historical narrative offering the reader a sense for what has taken place in the God and science debate over the past century.
Modern science came of age at the cusp of the twentieth century. It was a period marked by discovery of radio waves and x rays, use of the first skyscraper, automobile, cinema, and vaccine, and rise of the quantum theory of the atom. This was the close of the Victorian age, and the beginning of the first great wave of scientific challenges to the religious beliefs of the Christian world.
Religious thinkers were having to brace themselves. Some raced to show that science did not undermine religious belief. Others tried to reconcile science and faith, and even to show that the tools of science, facts and reason, could support knowledge of God. In the English speaking world, many had espoused such a project, but one figure stands out. Before his death in 1887, the Scottish judge Adam Gifford endowed the Gifford Lectures to keep this debate going, a science haunted debate on "all questions about man's conception of God or the Infinite." The list of Gifford lecturers is a veritable Who's Who of modern scientists, philosophers and theologians: from William James to Karl Barth, Albert Schweitzer to Reinhold Niebuhr, Niels Bohr to Iris Murdoch, from John Dewey to Mary Douglas.
Author Bio:
Larry Witham is the author of The Measure of God, Where Darwin Meets the Bible, and By Design: Science and the Search for God. As a journalist, he has won the Religion Communicators Council's Wilbur Award three times and has received several prizes from the Religion Newswriters Association as well as a Templeton Foundation award for his articles on science and religion.

[Book] "God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion"

God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion
By: Guy Consolmagno Jossey-Bass / 2007 / Hardcover

Product Description:
In God's Mechanics Brother Guy tells the stories of those who identify with the scientific mindset--so-called "techies"--while practicing religion. A full fledged techie himself, he relates some classic philosophical reflections, his interviews with dozens of fellow techies, and his own personal take on his Catholic beliefs to provide, like a set of "worked out sample problems," the hard data on the challenges and joys of embracing a life of faith as a techie. And he also gives a roadmap of the traps that can befall an unwary techie believer. With lively prose and wry humor, Brother Guy shows how he not only believes in God but gives religion an honored place alongside science in his life. This book offers an engaging look at how--and why--scientists and those with technological leanings can hold profound, "unaprovable" religious beliefs while working in highly empirical fields. Through his own experience and interviews with other scientists and engineers who profess faith, Brother Guy explores how religious beliefs and practices make sense to those who are deeply rooted in the world of technology.

Publisher's Weekly:
Sidestepping the acrimony of recent science vs. religion debates, Consolmagno, a Vatican astronomer and self-described "techie," intends that "demonstrating the existence of a lot of people like me, who flourish as scientists while practicing a religion, should be proof enough that science and religion can be perfectly compatible." Combining personal memoir with conversations within the techie world, Consolmagno describes questions about the universe and the meaning of life that attract techies into religious belief and practice, concluding that "techies are not looking for proof. They're looking for confidence." When he tests his initial hypotheses with a survey project, Consolmagno finds that for many religiously-involved techie types, the value of community and moral support may actually be more important than the search for religious answers. As one atheist interviewee puts it, "You think you are selling truth, but your audience has already brought their own truth with them to church. All you are selling them is tech support." Is this all there is to religion? Certainly not for Brother Guy, who defends a specifically Christian and Catholic version of religious truth. Yet Consolmagno's adroit and self-effacing style defuses any suggestion of theological point-scoring, as in his dryly Dilbertian defense of papal infallibility: "Unlike some of the other bosses I've worked for in my life, this one admits that he's only infallible under certain extremely limited conditions." (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

[Book] "Can a Smart Person Believe in God?"

Can A Smart Person Believe in God? By: Michael Guillen Nelson Books / 2006 / Paperback

Product Description:
* Is Christianity "intellectual suicide"? Does finding God mean losing your mind? Theoretical physicist and former ABC News science correspondent Guillen explains how creation often reveals its Creator; explores the compatibility between God's Word and his world; and emphasizes the fact that accepting Christ doesn't require rejecting the brain he gave you. 176 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Publisher's Description:
As Christians, we are often urged to turn away from scientific discovery and rely solely on the Bible as the source of our faith. On the other hand, many people in areas such as science, law, and education insist that Christian faith is lowbrow or unintelligent. But is it possible to reconcile science with what you believe about God? As someone who has grappled with the issues of science and faith in the public eye for more than a decade as a television journalist, Dr. Michael Guillen believes it is possible. In fact, by embracing the discoveries of science we can see God, the universe, and humanity in full, multidimensional glory.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a genius to enjoy this book. The bite-sized chapters are full of fascinating scientific tidbits in an easy-to-understand format. Captivating stories of the author’s childhood in the Mexican barrio of East L.A. and his work in television and research are woven throughout. There is even an entertaining SQ (Spiritual Quotient) test for readers to take.

This is a tremendous work that covers such a broad spectrum of society - past and present. One way for us to understand, and effectively arm ourselves, to face strong opposition by anti-Christian trains of thought is to learn how they think. We must hear their arguments, learn their viewpoints, and then respond with faith-filled knowledge. The author helps us gain this insight and understanding even in the divided camp of those who oppose Christ and the Christian belief system.

Each of the tenets of disbelief are presented and exposed for the propaganda that they are. Once their disguise is removed and their implausibility uncovered, many arguments become little more than school yard gossip. Guillen provides many impressive examples of Christian contributions to the world and the many trains of thought that had their foundation in religion or spirituality.

At some points the author's brave use of the word ‘religious’ seems, at face value, to contradict much of what he has established. However, after short reflection, his motives become more obvious—readers are encouraged to use discernment when evaluating his points.

If you desire to know where you are right now as a Christian, this book offers a splendid buffet of concepts and ideas to contemplate, explore, and use to measure our relative position in our walk of faith. Even more, this remarkable work proved to augment the arsenal of the Christian, giving depth and broader perspectives on our fundamental belief system.

What is SQ? If you don't know, or more importantly, if you want to evaluate yours, this book will bring it all into focus and help understand this charming concept.

In a time of growing false religions and science-founded beliefs, this book provides an inside out look at those beliefs against God and the ironies within. The author states, "Bottom line: I've yet to come across any atheist argument that injures my faith even a little bit…I found all of their disputations to be naive, even childish." A mini-textbook of Christian history as it relates to science, this book challenges the reader to honestly evaluate the world changes that are consequences of Christian influences. – Dr. Wesley Rose, Christian Book Previews.com

Customer Reviews:
5 out 5 stars, 1 out of 1 review: by Deborah Carder (Hot Springs, Arkansas), January 17, 2007

I loved this book! It was short and too the point. The author didn't try to impress anyone with his science knowledge by using tons of science terminology but instead kept the book easy to read and understand. Also, I related to his personal life story. As a Physics teacher, I always feel pressure to dismiss the idea of God and this book really reinforced my faith. After reading this book, I feel much more confident in standing up for my beliefs.

[Book] "Dawkins' God"

Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life
Alister E. McGrath Blackwell Publishing / Paperback

Book Description: Richard Dawkins, proponent of secular humanism, evolution and cultural Darwinism, gets a book-length response to many of the theories he champions. Alister McGrath, Oxford professor of Historic Theology, brings a vast wealth of information to bear in his delving into the mindset, foundations and worldview of the outspoken scientist and author. Opening windows into prior theories - both for and against natural selection - McGrath follows the path that many have trod on their journey away from faith.

Giving vent to thinkers and ideas such as Thomas Huxley, who coined the term "agnosticism" to describe his religious tendencies, William Paley (the popularizer of the teleological "watchmaker" analogy), Gregor Mendel (the "father of genetics"), Lamarckism (basically, the theory that traits that have changed during the lifetime of an organism can be directly passed on to the organism's offspring) and the concept of awe, McGrath covers much territory. His coverage of memes (cultural replicators) and mimetics (a theory of cultural change) is intriguing, as it illustrates in Dawkin's own terms the types of problems Dawkins dismisses from theologians but has no problem believing outside of the religious sphere.

While not a full refutation of Dawkins' material and influence (which would take volumes), Dawkins' God serves to redress the questions raised in that material and demand better answers than those already put forth. The inadequacies of his existing answers should spark the seeking mind to question the words of Dawkins'; among them: "Evolution has been observed. It's just that it hasn't been observed while it's happening."

[Book] "Science and Religion: An Introduction"

Science and Religion: An Introduction
Alister E. McGrath
Blackwell Publishing / 1998 / Paperback

Book Description:
This text introduces readers to the fascinating interaction of science and religion. It is specifically designed for students on science and religion courses who have little or no prior knowledge in either area. The book offers unusually wide coverage, looking at the historical, theological, philosophical and scientific aspects of the interaction of science and religion. It is also thoroughly up-to-date, and includes interaction with issues raised by Richard Dawkins concerning evolution, and the 'anthropic principle' in relation to cosmology. Although focusing mainly on Christianity, the text also indicates the importance of other religions.

[Book] "The Twilight of Atheism"

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
Alister E. McGrath Random House, Inc / 2006 / Paperback

Book Description:
In this bold and provocative new book, the author of In the Beginning and The Reenchantment of Nature challenges the widely held assumption that the world is becoming more secular and demonstrates why atheism cannot provide the moral and intellectual guidance essential for coping with the complexities of modern life.

Atheism is one of the most important movements in modern Western culture. For the last two hundred years, it seemed to be on the verge of eliminating religion as an outmoded and dangerous superstition. Recent years, however, have witnessed the decline of disbelief and a rise in religious devotion throughout the world. In The Twilight of Atheism, the distinguished historian and theologian Alister McGrath examines what went wrong with the atheist dream and explains why religion and faith are destined to play a central role in the twenty-first century.

A former atheist who is now one of Christianity's foremost scholars, McGrath traces the history of atheism from its emergence in eighteenth-century Europe as a revolutionary worldview that offered liberation from the rigidity of traditional religion and the oppression of tyrannical monarchs, to its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century. Blending thoughtful, authoritative historical analysis with incisive portraits of such leading and influential atheists as Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins, McGrath exposes the flaws at the heart of atheism, and argues that the renewal of faith is a natural, inevitable, and necessary response to its failures.

The Twilight of Atheism will unsettle believers and nonbelievers alike. A powerful rebuttal of the philosophy that, for better and for worse, has exerted tremendous influence on Western history, it carries major implications for the future of both religion and unbelief in our society.

Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University and Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is a consulting editor at Christianity Today, the general editor of The NIV Thematic Study Bible, and the author of numerous books, including The Journey, Theology for Amateurs, To Know and Serve God, and A Journey Through Suffering. He lives in Oxford, England.