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Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris are Fundamentally Wrong by Ian S Markham
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"Requires concentration but well worth the effort."
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Ian Markham tackles a difficult job well. His job is difficult not because his opponents are so clever but because, as atheists, to quote one critic, they are pretty amateur even if entertaining. Historians, archaeologists and astronomers had the same problem with von Daniken and his theories that spacemen built the pyramids. His work contained so much misinformation they were at a loss to know where to begin. One second of ignorance can take an hour to put right. Oh for the days of real atheists, such as Bertrand Russell, who were philosophically literate! Markham writes lucidly. First he states his opponents' arguments and spends the rest of the book addressing them. He acknowledges that his chapter on Nietzche is the most important and the most difficult for the reader. It is difficult and his summary at the end does not achieve his avowed aim of making the difficult part comprehensible. A pity, because Nietzche was a genine atheist who saw and relished the full gruesome implications of his creed. Markham does not present all possible arguments in a relatively short book, but it represents a good start.

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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. This title offers 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. It tackles these authors on their own ground, arguing that they do not understand the nature of atheism, let alone theology and ethics. It 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.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Meeting Fred and Natalie 1 Getting inside Fundamentalist Atheism: The Gentle Atheism of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris 2 Nietzsche: The Last Real Atheist Interlude: The Perspective from God 3 Appreciating the Faith Discourse 4 Physics: The Grown-up Science 5 A Revealing God 6 Christianity 7 Islam 8 Suffering, Providence, and Horrid Religious People 9 Religion and the Future 10 Faith and Uncertainty - Believing the Truth Conclusion Notes Select Bibliography Index

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 edition (2009), and the 2-volume reference, The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Release date Australia
January 22nd, 2010
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Pages
176
Dimensions
138x216x15
ISBN-13
9781405189637
Product ID
3442879

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