Friday, February 28, 2014
True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism by Tom Gilson & Carson Weitnauer, General Editors
About the book:
With clarity of thought and precise logic, more than a dozen contemporary Christian apologists have come together to unmask the self-aggrandizing claims of the New Atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. In sixteen, carefully constructed essays, these Christian thinkers demonstrate that "reason is the New Atheists' weakness, not their strength." They show that "Christianity is on the whole much more reasonable than atheism," and that "Christian faith as a whole supports sound reason, and Christians have applied it well." With coherence and competence these writers address the fallacies of "the party of Reason," and offer an introduction to the true reason of Christianity by making their case equally accessible to both the casual enquirer and the serious student.
This is a fascinating book I think everyone should read! It's so important that we know our faith is not blind and instead is rational and reasonable. I had heard of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, but had never actually read anything they'd written. The book starts out by clarifying what reason actually means, then looks at some of Dawkins' main points, followed by a look at history, science, the problem of evil, and slavery, to name a few topics. The authors use plenty of quotes and examples from these atheists' works to show what they believe and the fallacies in their arguments. Each chapter has notes that explain further or give a reference so you can research a topic more on your own. If you like philosophy or theology or just want a reasonable view on faith in God, you should definitely check it out!
I received a free pdf copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.