Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong / Edition 1by Ian S. Markham
Pub. Date: 02/22/2010
Against Atheism challenges the successful and provocative books of high-profile atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Their books have generated a wide-ranging and fierce debate, but, until now, no one has confronted these authors on their understanding of atheism and belief. Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic worldview from
Against Atheism challenges the successful and provocative books of high-profile atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Their books have generated a wide-ranging and fierce debate, but, until now, no one has confronted these authors on their understanding of atheism and belief. Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic worldview from the inside out, tackling the atheists on their own ground by arguing that they do not understand the nature of atheism, let alone theology and ethics.
Drawing on ideas from Nietzsche, cosmology, and art, Against Atheism is a powerful response that allows for a faith that is grounded, yet one that recognizes the reality of uncertainty. Succinct, engaging, but robustly argued, this new book by a leading academic and writer contains a wealth of profound insights that show religious belief in a new light.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Meeting Fred and Natalie 1
1 Getting inside Fundamentalist Atheism: The Gentle Atheism of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris 7
2 Nietzsche: The Last Real Atheist 28
Interlude: The Perspective from God 46
3 Appreciating the Faith Discourse 50
4 Physics: The Grown-up Science 65
5 A Revealing God 80
6 Christianity 92
7 Islam 105
8 Suffering, Providence, and Horrid Religious People 116
9 Religion and the Future 128
10 Faith and Uncertainty – Believing the Truth 135
Select Bibliography 156
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Let me save potential readers some money. The author's arguments in their simplest terms are: 1. Those mean atheists don't show respect for my fables. 2. Religion is good because it makes people feel bad. 3. If people like the author did not have religion, they would be bad people. Every argument he makes is textbook Christian apologetic and it is like he ia ghosting C.S. Lewis. Worse, he advances arguments that Hitchens and Harris preemptively destroy. His target audience is people who have never read and will never read the books he attacks.
Nothing at all original. He never read the books he fights about. It is as if he is fighting with the idea of atheism his tainted judgement has set up as prejudices in his head. The difference between pure science and pure religion is that science seeks to know without prejudice and religion goes into science with their minds made up and ciches to back up their arguments. It is actually a virtue among theists to be close minded and prejudice...