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Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the…

de Sean McDowell, Jonathan Morrow

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Atheism is making a comeback. From bookstores to bus campaigns, the question of God is up for public debate--and well-known atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are leading the charge. While these authors, who have been dubbed "The New Atheists," argue against religion in general, they aim most of their criticisms and complaints at the world's largest religion--Christianity. Why are people reading books that bash God and ridicule faith? And how can Christians respond?The writings of the New Atheists are especially challenging to the emerging generation who are skeptical of authority and have not been given answers to the hows and whys of faith's honest questions. For these readers especially, authors Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow have penned an accessible yet rigorous look at the arguments of the New Atheists. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, McDowell and Morrow lay out the facts so that the emerging generation can make up their own mind after considering all the evidence. Divided into two parts--the first addressing the scientific and philosophical challenges to belief in God and the second dealing with the moral and biblical challenges--Is God Just a Human Invention? will respond to each major argument in a way that is balanced, thorough, and easy to understand.McDowell and Morrow believe that the current religious landscape is both an opportunity and a challenge for people of faith. Now is the time to respond.… (mais)
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I've won a copy through First Reads and look forward to reading it.
  Athenable | Jan 10, 2014 |
Ugh... the review I read of this got me to even buy it, since the library didn't have it, but I hated it. ( )
  KatKealy | Jan 16, 2012 |
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Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow, eds. Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists. Kregel, 2010. 304 pp. $16.99.

As suggested by the book's subtitle, this book is a response to the New Atheists (e.g., Dawkins' The God Delusion; Hitchens' God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; Harris' End of Faith and Dennett's Breaking the Spell). These New Atheist authors "are on a crusade against religion." McDowell and Morrow's book is a response to the writings mentioned above. The book employs 19 different authors in eighteen chapters, including apologists such as Greg Koukl and Paul Copan.

Many of the chapters include the predictable subjects of evolution, science, miracles and hell. Some more unique topics include Christianity and sexual repression and the Bible and slavery. This book is college freshman level reading and serves as a good introduction to the field of apologetics. If you are looking to get your feet wet, here is a good place to begin. ( )
  amramey | Jul 12, 2011 |
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I was generally pleased with the book in that it moved relatively quickly and I found it to generally be quite entertaining. I found the breadth of topics covered to also be quite enjoyable, but even so the chapters were a bit terse in dealing with the subject matter. I understand that this is necessary to have broad appeal and reflects the intended audience of the book, but I generally prefer that apologetics books, especially those that appear to be geared towards the home crowd, be thorough in addressing atheist claims. The brevity of the articles undermines the usefulness of the text given that it is supposed to arm the reader with answers to the most common charges of the New Atheists.

That said, I found myself rather annoyed by the way the book wastes time on non-essential issues. I realize that many Christians do not believe in evolution, but, given their statement that if they found the science compelling they would believe it too, wouldn't it have been more worthwhile to philosophically explore why evolution does not automatically preclude the existence of God than fight another uphill battle against it. As someone who finds the question of evolution unimportant, it disappoints me to see such time devoted to it.

I was likewise disappointed by the discussion about the existence of the soul. There are many Christian philosophers who do not believe in a soul. This sounds crazy if you haven't been introduced to the arguments, but it is actually quite reasonable. The Old Testament has no concept of a soul that survives death. Such ideas find their root in Platonic thought. It would have been nice to have a genuine, Christian philosophical approach to the non-existence of the soul rather than an unnecessary defense based on near death experiences of all things. Talking about NDEs is a complete waste of time, and will only open up the faith to ridicule. Plenty of people are revived without ever experiencing anything of the sort.

In short, I generally liked the book, but I was annoyed by its philosophical shortcomings. There are better and more logically consistent answers to some of these questions. I encourage the reader to seek them out. (For a good Christian discussion of the soul issue consider "Body, Soul, and Human Life" by Joel Green or "Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies" by Nancy Murphy both available on amazon) ( )
  AshleighandJeremiah | Feb 28, 2011 |
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"New Atheism" is on the rise, apparently. With it's open hostility to theism in general and Christianity in particular, NA has gained a following among people who are disenchanted with Christians and looking for something different from organized (or disorganized) religion. And while there have been apologetic books written that deal with New Atheism (McGrath's Dawkins Delusion is one of the best in that group), there hasn't been a good overview to the subject until now.

Sean McDowell has written a good, basic primer on New Atheism and evidentialist approaches to countering it. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is very little Scripture in this book; McDowell spends most of his time establishing the philosophical underpinnings to theistic belief. In a discussion with New Atheists, I think this type of approach is vital, since they will dismiss out of hand any evidence based on Scripture. If you remember this simple thing, and consider the audience the book is written for, then you may understand a bit better why there is a reliance on philosophy over revelation.

Is God Just a Human Invention? is a good starting point for anyone wanting to look at modern apologetics, especially those who are having to cope with New Atheist attacks on faith. It certainly should not be the final resource, though. ( )
  wkelly42 | Feb 11, 2011 |
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A book addressing the questions and accusations raised in the public sector by the New Athiests is nothing brand new. What is unique about this book is its ability to be accessible to the theologian, as well as, the church member. McDowell and Morrow divide the book into two sections: Scientific and Philosophical challenges and Moral and Biblical Challenges.
The first section of the book is the more informative for this reader. The authors specifically look at nine questions/accusations that are being launched at those who believe in God. The authors particularly engage with three prominent New Athiests: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. Almost every chapter begins with a quote from one these three men that are related to the topic at hand. In addressing the first section of the book, the authors challenge these men’s mindsets that there is no possibility of God, Christian or not. It is obvious from engaging with the New Athiests that blanket statements concerning their position or contrary to the religious position, are considered the only logical conclusion. McDowell and Morrow seek to respond intellectually to their positions, and do so quite effectively.
While the first section of the book is working out the evidences, per se’, the second section is dealing with the anti-Christian/religion rhetoric that New Athiesm is aggressively attacking. As I was reading this section, I was also reading Reason for God by Tim Keller. Having these two resources alongside of each other was beneficial in not just having a response to New Athiesm, but also how to respond on a personal level in everyday life with those who are inundated with New Athiesm’s philosophy. For a Christian, the second section of the book has a feeling of preaching to the choir. Not that this is wrong, but this reader felt that McDowell and Morrow were attempting for this book to be a tool in the hands of a non-Christian. The arguments raised and dissected in this section were not anything new. However, if a new Christian was in an arena where he did not have proper understanding concerning these elements, I would encourage him/her to pick up this resource for public engagement.
Overall, I was very happy with the book and would recommend it to others to be prepared for the questions/accusations that they will undoubtedly encounter. An well-done apologetic work.
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Atheism is making a comeback. From bookstores to bus campaigns, the question of God is up for public debate--and well-known atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are leading the charge. While these authors, who have been dubbed "The New Atheists," argue against religion in general, they aim most of their criticisms and complaints at the world's largest religion--Christianity. Why are people reading books that bash God and ridicule faith? And how can Christians respond?The writings of the New Atheists are especially challenging to the emerging generation who are skeptical of authority and have not been given answers to the hows and whys of faith's honest questions. For these readers especially, authors Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow have penned an accessible yet rigorous look at the arguments of the New Atheists. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, McDowell and Morrow lay out the facts so that the emerging generation can make up their own mind after considering all the evidence. Divided into two parts--the first addressing the scientific and philosophical challenges to belief in God and the second dealing with the moral and biblical challenges--Is God Just a Human Invention? will respond to each major argument in a way that is balanced, thorough, and easy to understand.McDowell and Morrow believe that the current religious landscape is both an opportunity and a challenge for people of faith. Now is the time to respond.

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