June 23, 2008

[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.

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