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A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism

Peter S Williams
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A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism

Peter S Williams

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This is an accessible response to the contemporary anti-God arguments of the 'new atheists' (Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens, Grayling, etc). Atheism has become militant in the past few years, with its own popular mass media evangelists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett.

In this readable book, Christian philosopher Peter S. Williams considers the arguments of the 'new atheists' and finds them wanting. Williams explains the history of atheism and responds to the claims that: 'belief in God causes more harm than good'; 'religion is about blind faith and science is the only way to know things'; 'science can explain religion away'; 'there is not enough evidence for God'; 'the arguments for God's existence do not work'. Williams argues that belief in God is more intellectually plausible than atheism.^^



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About "A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism"

This is an accessible response to the contemporary anti-God arguments of the 'new atheists' (Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens, Grayling, etc). Atheism has become militant in the past few years, with its own popular mass media evangelists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett.

In this readable book, Christian philosopher Peter S. Williams considers the arguments of the 'new atheists' and finds them wanting. Williams explains the history of atheism and responds to the claims that: 'belief in God causes more harm than good'; 'religion is about blind faith and science is the only way to know things'; 'science can explain religion away'; 'there is not enough evidence for God'; 'the arguments for God's existence do not work'. Williams argues that belief in God is more intellectually plausible than atheism.^^


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Peter S Williams

Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil) is a philosopher and apologist with several books to his name and a particular expertise in working with students. In addition to working with the Damaris Trust, Peter is Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Norway.

He has authored A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism: God Is Not Dead (Paternoster, 2009); I Wish I Could Believe In Meaning: A Response To Nihilism (Damaris, 2004); The Case For Angels (Paternoster, 2002) and The Case For God (Monarch, 1999).

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A comprehensive and compelling rebuttal of the new Atheism
5 stars By Andy F, Oct 17 2010
Wow, I really did enjoy reading this book and just found it so encouraging at the same time.  This I didn't expect from an essentially philosophical approach.  I didn't know of Peter Williams before this, so what a surprise to find this book so thorough and engaging.  If anyone wants a strong and comprehensive rebuttal of the new Atheism this is it.  Bear in mind, although written to the educated layman,  it may require some familiarity with philosophy.  
I'll admit that when I started reading this book it seemed a little disjointed because of the vast number of quotes it uses, but that is also the books strength.  Namely, if you want to know what Atheistic writers are saying without purchasing their works, you can see the best and worst of them here.  If you want to know how the best Christian Philosopher's, theologians and scientists are responding, you'll find them here in one volume.  More than any other response to the new atheism I've read, I just found this book so compelling.  Ultimately, the topic of God's existence is so big that no single book can answer every question you have, and I'm sure this doesn't.  However, it left me in no doubt about the strength and philosophical sophistication of belief in God.  It also exposes the weakness of many of the atheistic arguments and the philosophical fallacies that they so commonly use.  I recommend this book without reservation.
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  • Catalogue Code 292531
  • Product Code 9781842276174
  • ISBN 1842276174
  • EAN 9781842276174
  • Pages 299
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date Mar 2009
  • Sales Rank #88711
  • Dimensions 215 x 142 x 18 mm
  • Weight 0.393kg

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