The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments

The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments

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The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments by Andy Bannister

In the last decade, atheism has leapt from obscurity to the front pages: producing best-selling books, making movies, and plastering adverts on the side of buses. There's an energy and a confidence to contemporary atheism: many people now assume that a godless scepticism is the default position, indeed the only position for anybody wishing to appear educated, contemporary, and urbane. Atheism is hip, religion is boring. Yet when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments used to prop it up quickly unravel. The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is designed to expose some of the loose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognise lazy scepticism and bad arguments. Be an atheist by all means: but do be a thought-through one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857216106
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 07/17/2015
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Canadian Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Andy speaks frequently across Canada, America and Europe, in settings ranging from universities to business forums and churches. Before joining RZIM, he had a background in youthwork before gaining a PhD in Qur'anic Studies.

Table of Contents

Foreward Ravi Zacharias 11

Chapter 1 The Loch Ness Monster's Moustache (or: The Terrible Consequences of Bad Arguments) 13

Chapter 2 The Scandinavian Sceptic (or: Why Atheism Really is a Belief System) 30

Chapter 3 The Aardvark in the Artichokes (or: Why Not All Gods are the Same) 47

Chapter 4 The Santa Delusion (or: Why Faith in God Does Not Mean You're Insane) 66

Chapter 5 Aim for That Haystack! (or: Why Psychological Arguments Against Religion Fail) 82

Chapter 6 Sven and the Art of Refrigerator Maintenance (or: Why Religion Doesn't Poison Everything) 98

Chapter 7 The Lunatic in the Louvre (or: Why Science Cannot Explain the Entirety of Reality) 118

Chapter 8 Humpty Dumpty and the Vegan (or: Why We Really Do Need God to Be Good) 140

Chapter 9 The Peculiar Case of the Postmodern Penguin (or: Why Life Without God is Meaningless) 164

Chapter 10 The Panini Poisoner of Pimlico (or: Why Everybody Has Faith) 187

Chapter 11 The Reluctant Eunuch (or: Why We Really Can Know a Lot About Jesus) 209

Acknowledgments 234

Text Credits 237

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Atheist Who Didn't Exist by Andy Bannister is a great book. I enjoyed the book on several levels. First the book is an easy read. It has a easy sense of humor that makes the logic easy to understand. As a Christian, I find it helpful to engage with non-Christians by knowing their various viewpoints. This book enunciates a variety of viewpoints and then helpfully shows why these particular arguments are not logical. Many people who are not Christians explain that their beliefs are based on science and/or fact. When face to face with the fact that their beliefs are not particularly logical and in fact take much more "faith" than Christianity, it causes them to re-assess their viewpoints and beliefs. I am not trying to hurt non-Christians by pointing out the fallacies of their beliefs, but help them understand why Jesus is the only answer to any question. Mr. Bannister assists by taking various arguments to absurd extremes. It helps an average person understand why it takes more faith to believe some of the more common non-Christian beliefs. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether Christian or not. It is both an easy read and will make you re-think why you believe what you believe. I received this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from this book, but I delved into it imagining I would become armed with ideas to counter atheist arguments. And, yes, this book definitely delivers on that. One big take away from this book is that atheism is a religion itself with its own set of beliefs. I had never thought of it in that way, and as I was reading through this book, I began to think of atheists adhering to their “religion.” As much as they deny it, they can get away from the fact that they do indeed have a set of beliefs. I enjoyed the stories that begin each chapter, and the humor used to make a point, although the alliteration got to be a bit much for me. I had to put the book down for a while and then go back to it. I would recommend this book to those who want to learn apologetics and haven’t read a great deal on the subject before. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the book were a little longer. He makes some great points that should make an atheist think.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by Andy Bannister takes the reader on the exploration of questioning people who claim to be atheists. I like how each chapter begins with a humorous little story before diving into the seriousness of this subject. A must read to help prepare oneself in dealing with a friend, co-worker, or stranger that claims to be an atheist. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by author Andy Bannister is a short paperback book with 11 chapters. It is a quick read but definitely packed full of thought provoking information and humor. This Apologetic is good for Christians, Seekers, or those self-proclaimed Atheists. The author has a nice, easy style of writing. The chapters flow right along. It is about a serious subject and broached with humor. Sometimes he used a little too much humor for me. The author uses time old questions, their weak rebuttals, then better answers and scripture to back it up. He tackles science, atheists, and their belief or rather unbelief. It is an interesting book to say the least. I am not sure what I expected but this was a very different Apologetic. I would recommend reading it and sharing it. Everyone knows someone who would benefit from reading it. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that the title of this book really caught my attention. The Atheist Who Didn’t exist, hummm, interesting title for a Christian read. Mr. Bannister has written a captivating book about the rise of atheism (or people’s claim of atheism). In his book Mr. Bannister looks at the lure of atheism and starts to pull apart why people say they are atheist. Is there really such thing as atheism? Can we believe in nothing? Or do we have to believe in something? Here is a piece of summary from the back cover of the book, “Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognize lazy skepticism and bad arguments.” You will not be disappointed in picking this book up to read. Thank you Mr. Bannister for a wonderful book. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Andy’s style of writing. He is taking something that many of us Christians shy away from or get nervous about and puts a new spin on it. A new way to approach this topic. This book can easily be read by an atheist or a Christian. Andy pokes a lot of holes in the atheists belief or non-belief :) This isn’t really a book to read for deeper spiritual growth (which is usually what I am drawn to) but definitely a great book to read to beef up on your beliefs and see atheism in a new way and a way that we can approach with confidence when we are challenged in our beliefs. A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Whether you are a believer or not you need to read this book. This book gives the arguments that many in the Atheist movement have stated for years. I think this author hit a home run in his explanations. He does it in such a funny way that I was laughing out loud. Don't get me wrong these are serious issues/questions but he explains things without having you feel like he is pushing things on you. I would recommend this to everyone who is either a non believer on the fence or a Christian already. I have a few people who are on the fence that I plan to give it as a gift. Thank you and God Bless
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. I’m reading The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by Andy Bannister. I love how knowledgeable he is on the topic and while I’m sad to think about the decline of the United States and of Christianity, he approaches it with humor and therefore gives me hope that all is not lost. This is a book I would highly recommend to many people - atheists, friends, family, etc. Great book - so glad I chose to read it. I learned a lot and also feel a little more empowered when approaching people who don’t share my view of Christ and His love. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I have posted my review everywhere it is sold.