Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target

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Lion Books, 2011 - Religion - 248 pages
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New ideas about the nature of God and Christianity that will give Dawkins' best friends and worst enemies alike some stimulating food for thought

 

Tackling Hawking, Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and a newcomer in the field--the French philosopher Michel Onfray--John Lennox points out some of the most glaring fallacies in the New Atheist approach in this insightful book. Since the twin towers crashed to the ground on September 11, there has been no end to attacks on religion. Claims abound that religion is dangerous, that it kills, and that it poisons everything. And if religion is the problem with the world, say the New Atheists, the answer is simple--get rid of it. Of course, things aren’t quite so straightforward. Arguing that the New Athiests' irrational and unscientific methodology leaves them guilty of the very obstinate foolishness they criticize in dogmatic religious folks, this erudite and wide-ranging guide to religion in the modern age packs some debilitating punches and scores big for religious rationalism.

 

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Contents

introduction
9
Are God and faith enemies of reason and science?
27
is religion Poisonous?
59
is Atheism Poisonous?
83
Can We be Good Without God?
97
is the God of the Bible a despot?
117
is the Atonement Morally repellent?
145
Are Miracles Pure fantasy?
165
did Jesus rise from the dead?
187
final reflections
227
notes
233
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John Lennox is a professor of mathematics and the philosophy of science at the University of Oxford. A popular Christian apologist and scientist, Lennox travels widely speaking on the interface between science and religion. He is the author of Christianity: Opium or Truth?, The Definition of Christianity, God's Undertaker, and Key Bible Concepts.

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