The Atheist's Fatal Flaw: Exposing Conflicting Beliefs

The Atheist's Fatal Flaw: Exposing Conflicting Beliefs

by Norman L. Geisler, Daniel J. McCoy


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Most critiques of atheism focus on refuting head-on the claims of atheists. Instead, this unique book faithfully represents what atheists say they believe and stands back to watch as the natural inconsistencies in that worldview inevitably rise to the surface.

Norman L. Geisler, the apologetic giant of our time, is joined by Daniel J. McCoy, highlighting two inconsistencies in particular. First they examine the atheist's assertion that God cannot exist because there is evil in the world and that if God truly existed, he would intervene. These same people then turn around and say any intervention on God's part would impose upon human autonomy, and thus would be unjust. Second, these very interventions that would be considered immoral if imposed upon the earth by God are lauded when they stem instead from some human institution or authority.

Geisler and McCoy highlight this kind of "doublethink" step by step, showing readers how to identify such inconsistencies in atheistic arguments and refute them—or rather show atheists how they refute themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016462
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (1932-2019) taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and was distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He wrote nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Christian Ethics, and Systematic Theology.

Daniel J. McCoy (MA, Veritas Evangelical Seminary) is an associate minister and Christian school teacher, and is currently working toward a PhD through North-West University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Problem of Moral Evil 11

2 The Value of Human Autonomy 25

3 Submission and Favor 37

4 Death and Faith 51

5 Guilt and Rules 65

6 Punishment and Pardon 85

7 Hell and Heaven 97

8 Inconsistencies 111

9 Responses and Objections 131

10 The Request 145

Bibliography 159

Notes 167

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