Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?

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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 ...

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Overview

"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?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849946455
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 728,965
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 What Is the New Atheism?

1 The New Atheism: How It All Started 3

2 What's "New" About the New Atheism? 33

Part 2 Engaging the New Atheism: Three Core Themes

3 Violence: When Religion Goes Wrong 61

4 Reason: The Rationality of Beliefs 81

5 Science: A Question of Proof 107

Part 3 Where Does the New Atheism Go from Here?

6 Where Is the New Atheism Now? 135

7 God Won't Go Away: Beyond the New Atheism 143

Further Reading 149

Notes 153

Index 179

About The Author 191

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    If you have havnt read any books by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins,

    If you have havnt read any books by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, or the like, this book can be very misleading, I do not recommend this book for anyone who hasnt read anything by those authors. He gives you a very misleading take on Atheists today, the views of those authors, and Atheists who support them.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Move along, move along - nothing new here.

    Alister McGrath's newest attack on atheism is another example of preaching to the choir. Like his previous books, “Dawkins Delusion”, “The Twilight of Atheism” and “Mere Apologetics this book will be loved by anyone who wants God and religion to regain their old primacy over reality & knowledge. In short, this is another book written for people that already agrees with the premise. No thinking required. In fact, it is to be avoided or the book is banal at best.

    For thoughtful scholars and those interested in a valid treatment on the ‘new atheism’, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Here, the same tired apologetics are just plugged into to new references. If you’re a believer, you don’t need this book. If you’re a scholar, save your money – I wish I had.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

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    Good introduction to the fallacies of atheism

    This book was quite an interesting read, but a little disheartening to me at the same time. To read about people who claim that everything can be rationally explained and then turn around and give completely irrational arguments to try and support their claims just boggles the mind. There is a lot of information in this book, so to really know what I am talking about, you have to read the book. McGrath does a great job of presenting a kind of history of the "New Atheism" which is not just not believing in God - it's almost an anti-God movement. I have always read in the Bible how we should be prepared for those working against us Christians. I had never really encountered anything along these lines until recent arguments on Facebook with people who claimed they wanted rational argument, but fell apart as soon as I presented what I felt to be a very rational explanation of God. Social media really has brought these ignorant ideas to the forefront. McGrath speaks about this in the book as well, detailing how the New Atheist's movement has grown as well as crashed and burned through social media. All in all, an interesting read if you want to know what we are up against as Christians.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

    Alister McGrath tackles the many arguments that atheist try to use in defense of their belief system. McGrath dismantles them all and reveals their baselessness. He shows how there is a double standard to athiest. They use bad logic to support their arguments but if a Christian were to use that same logic they would be laughed to scorn.

    This is an excellent book for those who want the basics for the atheist arguments and how to dismantle them. It does not go in depth but it gives a good overview. McGrath is more than qualified to write on this subject seeing that he is a former atheist. He knows what he is talking about and wrote the book basic enough for anyone to be able to comprehend it. McGrath is a very intelligent man and that can be seen in his book. He has debated some of the atheists he mentions in his book so he knows where they stand on certain issues. This book is great for anyone who wants to engage a typical atheist in a conversation.

    *I reviewed this book I recieved for free for booksneeze and was in no way required to write a positive review

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Scholarly Book on the New Atheism

    When I began this book, I had not even heard of the "new atheist" movement. I knew what an atheist was, but I was not aware of the new direction it had taken. I was amazed with how brazen this movement had become and how hostile to religion it is. I am only familiar with tolerant atheists, and this book showed me that new atheism has gone far beyond that. It is kind of funny that new atheism, in a way, has become a religion or a church group in itself. The very thing they are fighting against is what they have become. Which is why new atheism is not the tour de force it once was.

    My favorite section of the book was the section that dealt with science. I really did a lot of thinking about science's role in our everyday lives here on earth. Science answers questions like: How did we get here? and the like. What science does not answer is: Why are we here? I think that when the author pointed out that not everything can be answered by reason, he really struck a chord with me.

    I appreciated the way in which the author wrote. His style is academic but quite understandable. I suppose that if you are not a theology student, you might struggle to understand some of what he says, but thankfully he deals with the topic in a simple and abbreviated way. His sense of humor often came out at just the right time, which was a nice change. Some theologians don't understand what humor is.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who may be dealing with an atheist--new or not. This is one I plan to keep in my library for a long time to come!


    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Quick overview of the New Atheism

    I was keen to read this book because I have enjoyed reading some of Alistair McGrath's previous work and have found his online articles regarding science, evidence and reasoning to be quite good. On finishing this book I was left a little disappointed, probably because I would have liked him to go into some of the points in more depth. He does point you in the right direction to do further reading, so as an introduction to the issues this is a good start but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who wants to delve more deeply. The first part of the book introduces who the New Atheists are, some of their main ideas and how 9/11 produced the type of climate in which their ideas could flourish. The second part deals with three of the main themes of the New Atheism and the major weaknesses in some of the arguments offered. Most of the arguments put forward by the New Atheism are so weak that it surprises me that they can trumpet their supposed intellectual superiority with a straight face, McGrath makes a decent effort pointing out the most obvious flaws without being too harsh. One section that I think should have been cut was "human reason and the invention of God." The argumentation in this section was weak and distracts the reader from the stronger points in other sections. The book finishes with a look towards the future and a short chapter entitled why God won't go away. I received this book through Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in return for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    FANTASTIC book outlining why New Athiests are much like the violent religious they hate

    FANTASTIC book!!! I kept looking at this book and not feeling like reading it. I didn't think it would be that interesting. Boy was I wrong! This book should be read by everyone interested in religion, spirituality and athiesm. The book is deep and so I read it slowly, absorbing all the arguments, but it is written well and a lay person can understand the arguments and follow along. This book is not difficult to read.

    Why God Won't Go Away is a response to four authors and their books: Sam Harris' End of Faith, Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell, and Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great. The author, Alister McGrath, starts with brief summaries of the main points of each of the four anti-religion books. He uses the term "New Athiest" to describe the four authors of these books, as opposed to normal athiest, because these 4 authors and their 85,000+ followers are not just people who believe God doesn't exist (like normal athiests), but are a group of angry and hostile people who want to to KILL all the religions and in some cases kill the religious too.

    McGrath does a FANTASTIC job pointing out why these New Athiests' arguments don't hold up under scrutany and are not at all even the strongest athiest arguments. Normal athiests have a stronger case than these New Athiests. In fact, McGrath points how how normal athiests are embarrassed by these New Athiests because of their irrational hostility, their runaway egos, and their unwillingness to reasonably discuss or debate the issues. A normal athiest should be able to calmly and reasonably debate with any other religious believer. But New Athiests attack with emotional fuel, rather than with logical reason.

    As McGrath outlines, it seems most of the New Athiests' success has come from the anger and hatred of the religious. New Athiests tend to be very angry people who are targeting the religious and don't recognize their hypocrasy. When Richard Dawkins' website forumn of 85,000 members was shutdown, many of his followers turned on Dawkins himself. Then Dawkins turned on his apprentice. McGrawth demonstrates how the New Athiests have created a type of sect very similar to the religions they hate. The same arguments and reasons they give for hating religions are easily applied to this new group they have created. The arguments against the New Athiests are very strong. The author does a FANTASTIC job of discrediting New Athiesm, while allowing reasonable, rational, logical athiesm to stand in a nonviolent manner. When religion becomes violent or New Athiest becomes violent, both should be squashed. Let peaceful religion and peaceful athiesm co-exist together.

    I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    Why God Won' God Go Away? McGrath Knows Why.

    Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath is a short overview of the so-called "New Atheists. This version of atheism is expressed in best-selling books by authors such as Rickard Dawkins and Chrstopher Hitchens. The phrase "new atheism" was coined by Gary Wolf in 2006. According to Wolf new atheism means strong advocation on atheism and strong criticism of religious belief and the respect of religion in nonreligious people.

    In Why God Won't Go Away Alister McGrath starts with an explanation of "New Atheism" and he give an overview of it's leaders and founders. The first chapter of the book begins talking about the "Four Horsemen" of this new movement. The first is Sam Harris who is sees religion as the cause of 9/11. He blames not only militant Islam but all of Islam. He also blames Christianity and Judaism. He believes the problem is religion not one specific religion. The next author that McGrath talks about is Richard Dawkins. Dawkins believes that faith is irrational. He believes that religion is prone to violence. He also believes that belief in God is a evolutionaly accident.

    McGrath also goes on to tell about Daniel Dennett, an American philosopher, and Cristopher Hitchens who believes that people who have religious beliefs are deluded and dangerous to society. After the intial overview of the the leaders of this new movement, McGrath tell more about the movement. Later on in the book he points out a problem for "New Atheist", faith in God is not going away. This is an problem for "New Atheist" because no matter how well they write or what evidence they bring forward people still hold to their faith.

    All in all this was a good book. But unless me friends have questions about atheism I don't think I would recommend this book to them. : I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Crash Course on the Evolution of Atheism

    I just finished reading the book Why God Won't Go Away, by Alister McGrath. I wanted to read this book because I thought that it would give me an insight to Atheism. Rather then teaching you about Atheism, you learn about the supporters of Atheism. You also get an idea of how to compare Atheism to Catholic. You also learn how Atheism has evolved over the years.

    I love to read and usually can read very fast. This was a difficult book for me to read through. There were a lot of quotes and references to other books that I have not read. I also found the language to be a bit rough to read and enjoy. I felt as though I had to decipher each sentence to understand what the author was trying to tell me. There were also a lot of notes in each chapter. However the notes were in the back of the book, and I had to keep flipping back and forth. A lot of times the notes were references to even more books that I have not read. I found this book to be difficult to follow, and hardly kept me turning the pages.

    However, I would highly recommend this book for someone who is doing a thesis on Atheism. There is so much information, that it just takes a long time to digest. I also feel that Atheists would enjoy this book more than I. I also learned a lot about the 4 main writers about Atheism (or the 4 Horsemen). There is also a list for further reading if you want to learn more.

    If I could wrap up this book in 1 sentence it would be "......., should he thank God for Richard Dawkins in his Prayers?" on page 147. I picked this quote because it all comes down to faith. Richard Dawkins is one of the four Horsemen.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Thought-Provoking

    Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running On Empty? by Alister McGrath, is a thought-provoking book about the flaws of the New Atheist movement. While the title is a bit misleading - McGrath states in the final chapter that this book isn't the forum to explain why humans continue to be drawn to a higher power - the book is an interesting read.

    The first section of the book contains a literature review of New Atheist authors and ideals. It also discusses the difference between New Atheism and more traditional atheist views. McGrath then goes on to discuss what he feels are key tenets of New Atheism - namely the ideas that religion promotes violence, that religion stands in opposition to reason, and that religion is at war with science.

    The discussion of religion and violence was moot for me - after all, there are many other things besides religion that humans use as an excuse for their violent tendencies. This led straight into the discussion on reason. I enjoyed McGrath's assertions that while the New Atheism purports to belittle belief systems, theirs is a belief system as well.

    However, it was the discussion of the so-called war between religion and science that I found to be the most compelling. McGrath takes a look at the view that religion and science must naturally stand against each other, with surprising insights.

    In conclusion, I enjoyed this book for the ideas it presented. Highly recommended for anyone interested in apologetics.


    Disclaimer: I was provided this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    Engages The Athiest in Friendly Fire!

    "Yet I've noticed recently that all is not well within these virtual communities. They had an upbeat feel in the heady days of 2006 and 2007 when the New Atheism seemed to be like a bright new sun dawning on the world. But not now. Is a "crisis of faith" beginning to emerge?" - Pg. 41

    A recent debate with atheists and memories of old debates with atheist family members gave rise to the yearning to learn more about atheism and it's roots. Alister McGrath, a former atheist, holds the chair of theology, ministry, and education at King's College London, "having previously held the chair of historical theology at Oxford University." This atheist-turned-Christian challenges the "Four Horsemen" of the New Atheism.

    "The term New Atheism was invented in 2006. Gary Wolf was writing an article for Wired, a British magazine aimed at "smart, intellectually curious people who need, and want, to know what's next." Wolf was looking around for a snappy slogan to refer to a group of three men who'd attracted media attention through best-selling popular books advocating atheism: Sam Harris with The End of Faith (2004), Richard Dawkins with The God Delusion (2006), and Daniel Dennett with Breaking the Spell (2006)....In 2007, the New Atheism movement gained a new hero when Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great became the latest atheist best seller. The phrase the Four Horsemen began to be used to refer to these writers, who rapidly assumed celebrity status and are now collectively identified as the intellectual and cultural spearhead of the New Atheism." - Pg. 3-4

    McGrath engages the New Atheism in friendly fire. He's objective, having read books and publications from atheist writers, and proceeds to tirelessly refute each of their objections with grounded reasoning. He uses historical context to show the harm of the New Atheism. The shocking agenda of the New Atheism and the lengths they would go to eradicate all religion from society shocks other athiests. "Even says Sam Harris, 'some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them.' This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live."

    "Killing such people, he tells us, could be regarded as an act of self defense. The Inquisition, the Gestapo, the Taliban, and the KGB could not have put it better. To be honest, I found Harris's statement to be morally repulsive." - Pg. 10

    The chapters are easy to follow, but you do have to read slowly. McGrath makes every sentence count and it reminds me of studying in school. There are two pages (front and back) of suggested "further reading" for those believers or atheists who choose to learn more, and 13 pages of notes detailing his sources. His index allows for readers to investigate certain phrasing without thumbing through the pages like I do in some book reviews. McGrath's last chapter makes the New Atheism less threatening. Truth does not shy away from debate nor does it stick its head in the sand. Truth is open to discussion.
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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Is the "new atheism" running empty? That is the question posed on the cover of Alister Mcgrath's book, "Why God Want Go Away". After a few settings with the book I'd say Mcgrath makes a strong argument in favor of God and does a fabulous job prosecuting the "new atheism" movement. From cover to cover the book, "Why God Want Go Away", does exactly what it promises to do; Mcgrath challenges the new atheism on its own grounds. I will admit that I had to read many paragraphs more than once to follow Mcgrath and understand his point. However, with a little patience on my part I successfully finished the book. Suffice it to say that the book is not exactly a pleasant read. Then again, I'm not convinced that Mcgrath was aiming for the book to be "pleasant". So, while the book was difficult to read at times I found it to be extremely helpful as one who has given the last 17 years to proclaiming the gospel and pleading for faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. There is more evidence in documented form, personal experience, and the testimony of many to prove the case of Christ, God's dear Son than against it. Christ is the propitiation for the sin of the world. I'm evidence of that. He said He is God's Son sent as "The Way, The Truth, and The Life" and that "no man comes to God except by Him". And Christ says He is "sent from God." Therefore, I believe in God. Mcgrath has strengthened my faith with this book. Along the way I discovered a more clear definition of what "new atheism" actually is. Mcgrath gave a great argument on his point, "the problem of religion" and "the problem of human nature". As I read what the printed page said about "believing only what can be proved" I was intrigued to say the least. And at the end of the day I was extremely challenged to give more thought to how this point actually and obviously is fleshed out in modern culture. I am therefore a more informed person, Christian, and now a more thoughtful preacher due to Mcgrath's argument. Not only did I experience intrigue as I scurried the pages of this book, I also found myself angry at times. Angry? Sure! I found it absolutely absurd that some think religion is only imagined or a myth. And then, although it was not Mcgrath's intention, I found lots of what he said to be humorous. Not that his words were funny. And his argument definitely deserves my respect and that of all his readers. The thing is, his argument is made so well it makes "new atheism" absolutely absurd, hideous, and utterly humorous. The points written and argued in this book are very well researched, extremely educated and clearly educating. I would recommend this book to any serious student of religion, culture, and spiritual matters. It is my opinion that Alister Mcgrath has written a book full of truth, great argument for truth, and a book very sound theologically.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Why God Won't Go Away

    I have just finished Alister McGrath's new book, "Why God Won't Go Away; Is The New Atheism Running on Empty?" In this book, scholar, historian, and theologian McGrath introduces the reader to a group of anti-theists known as "New Atheists". New Atheism is defined as "an enthusiastic advocation of atheism and a scathing criticism of both religious belief and cultural respect for religion." McGrath identifies two kinds of atheism. The first is Apathetic Atheism. This group takes the position that says "I don't believe in God". They feel no real need to defend their beliefs and have no serious heartburn with organized religion and faith. The second group is known as Committed Atheists. This group takes the position that says "God does not exist". They have reasons for their beliefs and possess a desire to make those reasons known to all. New Atheism falls in this second category, but goes farther. They do not tolerate religion and believe that apathetic and committed atheists are "cowards". New Atheism is aggressive and, as McGrath says, "militant" in nature. He says, "The New Atheists make rationality one of its core defining characteristics and emphatically and aggressively denies that any alternative view can be regarded as rational." Why God Won't Go Away is divided into three sections. In the first section, he introduces the reader to the four leading voices of the New Atheism: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. He also lists their recent works and how they have contributed to this movement. In the second part, McGrath focuses on and unpacks the core themes of violence, reason, and science. It is here that he exposes the flaws in the New Atheism movement. Thirdly, McGrath explores the question, "Where does the New Atheism go from here?" It is here that he chronicles the decent of New Atheism from the mainstream and how it is losing traction with its original and sympathetic audience. I really appreciate McGrath's method of writing in this book. He was kind and fair while giving a solid rebuttal to New Atheism. He has chosen to take the high road in his explanation and handling of this movement. This makes the book work. "Why God Won't Go Away" is well written, researched, and presented. He has succeeded in pointing out the internal problems of New Atheism and their reluctance to have an open mind. McGrath's subtitle asks the question, "Is New Atheism Running on Empty?" I believe he has answered that in the positive. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    Interesting Read

    Book Review: Why God Won't Go Away, by Alister McGrath I would not describe this book as one that you would want to curl up in front of a fire with. For the average Joe who knows nothing of the war between atheism and Christian apologetics, this book may seem pretty obtuse. In his book, Why God Won't Go Away, McGrath presents many positions that "the four horsemen" of the New Atheism - Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, & Christopher Hitchens present, and attempts to disprove their ideals by showing a lack of knowledge consistency in their arguments. McGrath makes some excellent points about how the New Atheism movement is beginning to resemble the very thing that they are trying to fight against, by attempting to convert people to their worldview and attacking anyone who opposes their views, the way that organized religions often do. All in all, this book was an interesting read. McGrath offers a well thought out argument backed up with extensive research. What I liked most about his book was that, though McGrath does state that he is a Christian, his book is not dedicated to the defense of Christianity or any other religion, nor is it just another mudslinging campaign against atheism. Though this book was a little difficult to get through, McGrath discussed a few points that caused me to pause and contemplate. I don't think that this book will have much impact on the frontlines of the ongoing war between atheism and religion, but he does give some excellent opposing arguments for the other side. I would definitely recommend this book to scholars of religion and Christian apologetics, but I must reiterate this is not a book for the average Joe. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    A Book to Stay

    Thomas Nelson Publishing courteously enlightened me with a copy of Why God Won't Go Away through BookSneeze, a blog-for-books program. Allister McGrath, theologian, professor and this case author, a former atheist himself, acquaints the reader with the four major voices in the New Atheism movement, highlighting their theses of their beliefs in the non-existence of a deity. Interestingly, McGrath then rebuts their arguments and champions the cause for a deity in a very non-invasive manner.
    As I read it occurred to me the anger that the New Atheism spews at religion is nothing but a farce. Dawkins' and Harris' views are shared without much substantiating evidence. I found myself rather bemused at their stands. Often religion and philosophy are entwined giving credence to one another. What I believe shapes my philosophy in life, and really I could go further stating they are one in the same. Yet, here this movement despise religion claiming it is evil, a mental deficiency and/or an indulgence. Are not their beliefs the religion this movement believes in?
    It was heartbreaking to learn some of the New Atheists are proponents of mass killing of theists. Ironically, religious extremism is one of the so-called problems of religion. If they are against extremism, how can they propagate such hatred?
    Why God Won't Go Away is wonderful theological fodder. McGrath eloquently presents his firm belief in God that is understandable and a pleasure to read. It was surprising how fast the book was read. Apparently, this read is quite the page-turner. Often, such philosophical and theological books can be tedious and well, a bit dry to peruse. Why God Won't Go Away should be on every Christians bookshelf to present a basic understanding of the New Atheism movement. Though the movement gained a stronger following during the middle of the last decade and subsequently has lost some steam, it would still be wise to know what Satan will put out in the world today. Doubt and committed disbelief weren't enough to attack God, he is now using hatred and unrelenting anger to try to stamp out God. Thank you to Mr. McGrath. Praise to be our Lord Jesus Christ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2011

    Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

    Hello there. I've gotten a new book from booksneeze. I've enjoyed it, but before I tell you about, I should say that I received this book for free from the booksneeze program offered by thomas nelson publishers. I was not paid to give a certain opinion or anything like that, and whatever I say is how I truly feel about this book. "Why God Won't Go Away" by Alister McGrath was a truly fascinating book for me. I've always loved the books along the likes of C.S. Lewis and Lee Strobel (the defending of the faith). This book discussed the "new atheism", which for me was a fairly complex idea for me and I couldn't explain it if I tried, but I loved learning about it. "Why God Won't Go Away" by Alister McGrath explains what new athiesm is, the main ideas of it, and where the new atheism goes from here. This is a wonderful apologetics tool, but honestly it goes into some deep intulectual stuff- at least, that's how I felt about it. But if you're up for the challenge, I'd definitely recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn how to defend Christianity. For sure five out of five stars?

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    Posted July 30, 2011

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