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Why God Won’t Go Away

, 2011


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In a decade embroiled in fanaticism and fear, a renewed interest in the age-old debate over the question of God has reignited, giving rise to a new group of media-savvy contenders dubbed the “New Atheists.” As expressed in the works of best-selling authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the New Atheists have found a foothold in today’s cynical society, and have ramped up their efforts to debunk the existence of God.

Renowned historian, theologian, and scholar Alister McGrath is on the frontlines of this conversation, publicly debating many of these prominent skeptics. In this thoughtful and accessible volume, McGrath gives a spirited rebuttal to the claims of the New Atheists, critiquing the New Atheism on its own merits and exploring the fundamental questions:

  • Who are the New Atheists, and what do they believe?
  • Is religion delusional and evil?
  • Are human beings fundamentally good?
  • How do reason and science prove or disprove faith?
  • Is the best hope for humanity a ‘New Enlightenment’?

Why God Won’t Go Away explores how the movement’s ideas are defined and propagated, helping us understand the agendas and anxieties of this global movement and its appeal to society as a whole. Why God Won’t Go Away explores what is “new” about New Atheism, critiques the movement on its core themes of violence, reason, and science, and asks, “where does the New Atheism go from here?”

  • Discusses agenda and mass appeal of the New Atheism movement
  • Examines the messages of the four leading representatives of New Atheism
  • Engages the Christian reader providing them with solid understanding and a new way to communicate
  • Part 1: What Is the New Atheism?
    • The New Atheism: How It All Started
    • What’s ‘New’ about the New Atheism?
  • Part 2: Engaging the New Atheism: Three Core Themes
    • When Religion Goes Wrong: Violence
    • Reason: The Rationality of Beliefs
    • A Question of Proof: Science
  • Part 3: Where Does the New Atheism Go from Here?
    • Where Is the New Atheism Now?
    • God Won’t Go Away: Beyond the New Atheism
A robust defense of the God of the Bible . . . This is a book for serious thinkers who wish to make God real in a world that has forgotten its creator and maker.

—Joni Eareckson Tada, author, A Place of Healing

  • Title: Why God Won’t Go Away: Engaging with the New Atheism
  • Author: Alister McGrath
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Apologetics; Christianity and atheism
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-26T17:54:06Z

In the Logos edition, this digital volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English Bible translations, and important terms link to a wealth of other resources in your digital library, including tools for original languages, dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, and theology texts. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath (DPhil, DD, Oxford University) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He previously held the chair of theology, ministry and education and was head of the Centre for Theology, Religion Culture at King's College, London. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world and is the author of many books including The Dawkins Delusion? and Christianity's Dangerous Idea.


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Digital list price: $13.99
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