Tuesday, March 11, 2014 reviews "True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism," by Tom Gilson & Carson Weitnauer, General Editors
Prepare yourself for a mission that is not impossible! Your mission: to overturn the New Atheists’ PR campaign to own “Reason” itself.  Learn from this seasoned group of Christian philosophers, apologists, and theologians how to graciously and reasonably demonstrate that Christianity is the worldview in which “Reason” makes sense. This book is sure to become a well-worn reference book in your collection for refuting the New Atheism Movement and their thought leaders.The contributors herein expertly reveal how unreasonable the New Atheism’s “reasoning” really is.
In a compilation of articles written by seasoned Christian philosophers, apologists, and theologians, this book explains the belief system of the New Atheists, refutes their beliefs with solid evidence in a respectful manner, and then invites a welcoming dialogue.

With Hawking and Dawkins at the helm, the New Atheists insist that they have reason and science on their side, and that the laws of physics are sufficient to explain the creation of our universe and life itself, without the need of a Creator.

In “The Party of Reason?” Tom Gilson makes the case that Christianity is more reasonable than Atheism. In “The Irony of Atheism,” Carson Weitnauer explains how the very existence of reason depends upon the existence of God, because reason is a gift from God. Using funny examples to bring his point home, Carson handily dismisses the theories of leading atheists such as Darwin, Dawkins, Hitchens, Nagel, Sherman, Lewontin, and Harris. William Lane Craig presents a clever play on words in “Dawkins’s Delusion.”  Craig reveals how Dawkins’s central argument- that belief in God is a delusion- is empty. Craig also refutes the “who designed the Designer” argument.

My favorite contributor to this book is David Marshall. He is a very engaging defender of the faith - with a unique sense of humor, a down-to-earth writing style, and reasoning that is really easy to understand. In “John Loftus and the Insider-Outsider Test for Faith,” Marshall points out that he actually gave Loftus the very tools Loftus used in formulating his Outsider Test for Faith! Marshall also authored “The Marriage of Faith & Reason,” showing how the Christian concept of faith is intellectually exciting, and explains the complex world we live in. Marshall co-wrote an article with Timothy McGrew, “Faith & Reason in Historical Perspective,” wherein they reason that Christianity compels itself to the rational mind.
                     In “Atheism & the Argument from Reason,” Lenny Esposito references C.S. Lewis, and concludes that we cannot use “reason” to argue that Naturalism is true, because Naturalism ultimately denies all rational grounds for belief. Nice explanation on the cause-and-effect model, too. Following Esposito is David Wood’s “The Explanatory Emptiness of Naturalism,” affirming that Naturalism is undermined by everything that exists, and that our universe requires a cause for its existence. In “Reason in a Christian Context,” Peter Grice proffers an interesting challenge to Naturalism by comparing Naturalists to the Ancient Epicureans. Unique perspective!
           “A Sun to See By – Christianity, Meaning & Morality,” is a well-reasoned expository by Samuel J. Youngs, affirming that Christianity provides a framework in which the discovery of science can meld with the knowledge that we are created by God, in the image of God. In “Are Science & Christianity at Odds,” Sean McDowell explains that there is no such conflict, and that the order of the universe actually fits better with a theistic worldview.
              John M. DePoe answers age-old questions about evil in “The Problem of Evil & Reasonable Christian Responses.” Randall Hardman explores the “Historical Evidences for the Gospels,” with solid historical evidence revealing that the gospel writers took extreme care to preserve historical accuracy. In “Did God Command the Genocide of the Canaanites?” Matthew Flanagan compares war stories in the Books of Joshua and Judges, and comes to an interesting conclusion. A must-read. Well documented, too. Glenn Sunshine gives a compelling answer in “Christ & Slavery.” Confronting difficult history head-on, Glenn concludes that Christianity was more a solution to the issue of slavery, rather than a problem.
          In the Epilogue, Carson Weitnauer implores the New Atheists to search for truth with an open mind. Carson concludes that the center of “reason” is found in God alone. With thought provoking questions, Carson gently points the New Atheist to Jesus Christ.
             Included is a wonderful Foreword by John Stonestreet, of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, which sets the tone for the book. Each article is extremely well-written and well documented with chapter endnotes and comments, for further study.
         Very well done!

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