“Because here’s the thing: the “God Question” is arguably the most important question that anybody can think about,” Andy Bannister writes in his book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets those interested in learning about atheism. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the King James Version is referenced.
After a foreword by Ravi Zacharias, eleven chapters cover the topic of being an atheist and how to discuss concepts regarding its “sound-bite” beliefs. Most chapters begin with a tongue-in-cheek story or sarcastic dialogue that correlates to the subject, followed by an in-depth discussion, footnotes, and further reading sections. The ending has acknowledgments and text credits. Americans may notice the British punctuation differences.
~ Why ~
While many Christians veer away from discussing “religion” with atheists, it is important to know what they think, consider, believe, or do not believe. This book brings to light current New Atheism and its ideals regarding a non-belief in God, one less God, God is like Santa Claus, scientism, the Good, faith versus reason, and the unreliability of history to name a few. Often mentioned are well-known atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Bertrand Russell.
~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not like the deep thinking, meticulous verbiage, and often satirical humor. It becomes apparent the author does not like Dawkins as he and his works are dissected often. There is little Biblical application and verses quoted with the final chapter discussing Jesus Christ.
~ Who ~
Having a doctorate in Islamic studies, author Bannister is the Canadian Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and speaks and teaches internationally regarding issues of philosophy, belief, and skepticism.
~ Wish ~
As a Christian, I want to be able to discuss my beliefs with any person, including atheists. I wish the book’s information were more cut and dry with facts listed instead of correlations to Lock Ness, Sweden, Tolkien, Vegans, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster (although some of the writer’s light-hearted comments were engaging but included a couple of hells as a slang word). I also wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are in a debate with an atheist and want to know more about how he or she thinks, this book might be a good starting point that explains New Atheism and its founding father. If too timid to broach the subject, gifting the book to the person may be a thoughtful option.
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