Against All Gods: What's Right and Wrong About the New Atheism

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Despite their ill-founded and wrong-headed conclusions, folks like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett are asking the right questions. They're making belief in any religion an issue again for public debate. Phil Johnson and John Mark Reynolds help us be informed, be encouraged and join the discussion.

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Overview

Despite their ill-founded and wrong-headed conclusions, folks like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett are asking the right questions. They're making belief in any religion an issue again for public debate. Phil Johnson and John Mark Reynolds help us be informed, be encouraged and join the discussion.

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Editorial Reviews

Francis J. Beckwith
"What a wonderful little book. Johnson and Reynolds offer a clear, readable and intelligent critique of the new atheism. But they offer something more: joy, hope and love. You get both the reason and the romance of the Christian story. So the new atheism comes across not so much as wrong, but as one-dimensional and childish, a sort of intellectual pornography claiming to be true love. Johnson and Reynolds's complementary combination of intellectual and theological virtues is a fire that both warms and purifies."
Gary R. Habermas
"Rather than engaging in specific critiques of the new atheism, Phil Johnson and John Mark Reynolds add their voices to the increasing scholarly chorus that decries the real oppressor in these and related discussions: unexamined naturalistic presuppositions that reject alternative ideas without a hearing. Declaring that uncritical attitudes and a lack of appreciation for ancient writings lie behind many recent criticisms of Christianity, the authors call for open discussion of the relevant issues. This volume is a treat to read, featuring a succinct, straightforward and easily digestible text that successfully treats issue after issue."
David S. Dockery
"This superb work by Phillip E. Johnson and John Mark Reynolds is both an informed response to the new atheism and simultaneously an invitation for ongoing conversation with those who question the truth claims of the Christian faith. I have longed to have a volume like this one to share with my colleagues in the world of higher education. Against All Gods is timely, convincing, readable and accessible; it is a privilege to recommend this little book to a wide audience, with the hope that it will find its way into the hands of university students across the land."
J. P. Moreland
"Johnson and Reynolds are provocateurs in the best sense of that word, and Against All Gods is sure to arouse considerable debate and reflection. This is not another apologetic response to the new atheists. It is a cultural analysis and critique of their claims. It reads like a detective novel and conveys powerful, important ideas to the reader. I couldn't put it down."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830837380
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Pages: 119
  • Sales rank: 705,202
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip E. Johnson taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California--Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as a leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and is the author of many books, including Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.

John Mark Reynolds (Ph.D., University of Rochester) is the provost at Houston Baptist University and the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute.Reynolds lectures frequently on ancient philosophy, philosophy of science, home schooling and cultural trends.

He has taught philosophy at several colleges and universities, and he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the philosophy of science at Biola University. He regularly appears on radio talk shows, such as the Hugh Hewitt Show, and actively blogs on cultural issues at patheos.com and for the Washington Post's online column On Faith.

His books include Three Views on Creation and Evolution(Zondervan) and The Great Books Reader (Bethany House).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Introducing the New Atheists 11

2 Harvard's Aborted Requirement in Reason and Faith 25

3 Earth's Distinction 39

4 The Darwinian Worldview 49

5 The God Hypothesis in Physics 61

6 The Obstacle of Old Books 69

7 A Wonderful Education 85

8 Christianity and Beauty 99

Epilogue 115

Index 117

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