Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target

Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target

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By (author) John C. Lennox

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  • Publisher: Lion Books
  • Format: Paperback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 16mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0745953220
  • ISBN 13: 9780745953229
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 16,225

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Atheism is on the march in the western world, and its enemy is God. Religion, the "New Atheists" claim, "is dangerous", it "kills" or "poisons everything". And if religion is the problem with the world, their answer is simple: get rid of it. But are things really so straightforward? Tackling the likes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett head on, John Lennox highlights the fallacies in the their approach, arguing that their irrational and unscientific methodology leaves them guilty of the same obstinate foolishness of which they accuse dogmatic religious folks. Erudite and wide-ranging, Gunning for God packs some debilitating punches. It also puts forward new ideas about the nature of God and Christianity that will give the New Atheists' best friends and worst enemies alike some stimulating food for thought.

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Author information

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on Faith and Science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has lectured in many universities around the world, including Austria and the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in the interface of Science, Philosophy and Theology. Lennox has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith. He debated Richard Dawkins on "The God Delusion" in the University of Alabama (2007) and on "Has Science buried God?" in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival, 2008) and the question of "Is God Great?" (Samford University, 2010), as well as Peter Singer on the topic of "Is there a God?" (Melbourne, 2011). John is the author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife Sally live near Oxford.

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By Michael Alam 07 Nov 2013 5

Lennox shows his superiority in the philosophical argument of faith v reason, in that religion does not necessarily rely on faith in order to believe in the supernatural. Lennox gives an in dept response on these new atheist claims, and articulates his points concisely. This is a great book for all who struggle to grasp with the new atheist arguments, as it illustrates that we don't have to abandon reason and logic in order to adopt the beauty that is God.

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...robust reply to writers such as Dawkins, Hitchens and others... The Bookseller "This is a powerful, hard-hitting yet accurate indictment of the 'New Atheists'. Quoting extensively from their works, Lennox fully documents their closemindedness, their reluctance to consider evidence, and their resort to ridicule, mockery, and misrepresentation in the place of serious argument - qualities that can make their work confirm rather than undermine religious belief." -- Professor Alvin Plantinga, The William Harry Jellema Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College "There is no more important debate than this - science versus religion. But it needs to begin again, with a clear understanding of what science and religion actually are. Lennox has done this wonderfully." -- Colin Tudge in The Guardian