Against Atheism : Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-08
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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In this new book, Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic world view, opposing the arguments given by renowned authors of books on atheism, such as Richard Dawkins. Unlike other responses to the new atheism, Markham challenges these authors on their own ground by questioning their understanding of belief and of atheism itself. The result is a transforming introduction to Christianity that will appeal to anyone interested in this debate. A fascinating challenge to the recent spate of successful books written by high-profile atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris Tackles these authors on their own ground, arguing that they do not understand the nature of atheism, let alone theology and ethics Draws on ideas from Nietzsche, cosmology, and art to construct 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

Author Biography

Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics. He is the author of numerous books, including: Encountering Religion (2000), A Theology of Engagement (2003), Do Morals Matter? (2006), Understanding Christian Doctrine (2007), A World Religions Reader, 3rd edn (2009), and the 2-volume reference work, The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introduction: Meeting Fred and Nataliep. 1
Getting inside Fundamentalist Atheism: The Gentle Atheism of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harrisp. 7
Nietzsche: The Last Real Atheistp. 28
Interlude: The Perspective from Godp. 46
Appreciating the Faith Discoursep. 50
Physics: The Grown-up Sciencep. 65
A Revealing Godp. 80
Christianityp. 92
Islamp. 105
Suffering, Providence, and Horrid Religious Peoplep. 116
Religion and the Futurep. 128
Faith and Uncertainty - Believing the Truthp. 135
Conclusionp. 144
Notesp. 147
Select Bibliographyp. 156
Indexp. 159
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