Thursday, July 21, 2011

Why God Won't Go Away

"Why God Won't Go Away" by Alister McGrath was my most recent read, and I found it to be a very interesting book. This book recounts the rise of the "new" atheism movement and some of its key players. The book can basically be broken up into three sections: past, present, and future. There are discussions of the four men who spearheaded the new atheism movement, and brief histories of their contributions. These short biographies of Richard Dawkins, Sam harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens help to understand the key principles of atheism. I was truly fascinated and a little bit disappointed at how these atheists can make definitive claims about religion that are so far off, such as religion causes violence, or religion is irrational.

While the book itself was interesting, and I believe that it is good to know and understand the arguments of those who believe differently from what I do, I also found that the atheism movement is founded on false doctrines and generalizations about faith. There were definitely moments where I wanted to argue with Mr. Dawkins or Mr. Dennett about these generalizations.

Overall, a good book with a concise explanation of this atheism movement and explanation of the founding principles. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements  

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