Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

Why God Won't Go Away is a rebuttal to what is called "New Atheism".  This group is rather new to the atheist community.  Their 4 man proponents are Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens.  Each has written a book they believe will finally put to rest the silly and infantile notion of God.  However, God still exists.  Cultures all over the world continue to experience the power of God and His son Jesus.  So, why is this possible?  The author takes a look at some of the fundamental stances of the movement and sytematically examines and then refutes them.

I liked this book.  Sometimes the author did get a little detailed in his refutes, but it was needed.  The basis for many of the claims of the movement are really a gordian knot of half-truths and some yelling.  To untangle the knot, you have to follow it all the way through.  The thing about the book that hit me most was the author's carefulness to not resort to the same name-calling he was coming against.  Now, there are times of witty jabs and fun rhetoric, but he actually respects some of these men.  My prayer is that this will be a balance that is sought after by someone who is confused on the stances of this 'new atheism'.  As a Christian, it is a great addition to my armament.

I'd give this book 4 out of 5.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate," says the Lord. "Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."  2 Corinthians 6:17

The church's mightiest influence is felt when she is different from the world in which she lives. Her power lies in her being different, rises with the degree in which she differs and sinks as the difference diminishes.