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Warning! This book may be dangerous to your faith!
This book is not for the faint of heart. This is not a work of Christian apologetics designed to arm the believer with biblical and theological strategies to counter humanist arguments. It is not designed to buttress your Christian faith against attacks from atheists and other unbelievers.
On the contrary, this book takes the claims of atheists seriously. It listens to the arguments of atheists against the existence of God, and it comes to the conclusion that in a number of areas, atheists are right and Christians are wrong. For that reason it may actually undermine your faith. So please, if you are a Christian, think twice before you read it.
Drawing upon the writings of the 21st century New Atheists, as well as previous generations of atheists, the author explores the most convincing arguments that atheists make against theism. His conclusion is that the New Atheists have important things to say to today’s Christians. He goes so far as to say that atheists are God’s prophets to the Church today, sent by God to purify the Church by proclaiming hard truths that Christians are not willing to hear.
He make a case for nonbelieving prophets in the Bible, and then explains how atheists are playing the prophetic role today by echoing the same themes as the biblical prophets. Old Testament prophets regularly confronted the religious authorities and orthodoxies of their day, often paying for “speaking truth to power” with imprisonment and death. Likewise atheists are among the most mistrusted people today.
Davis suggests that instead of instinctively resorting to confrontational, evangelistic or apologetic approaches, Christians should listen to atheists with open minds and hearts. They might just hear a word from God!
He examines the New Atheists’ arguments against God, with particular emphasis on the atheists’ strongest argument: the age-old problem of evil and suffering. Along the way he explores the issues of violence ordered by God in the Bible, scriptural historicity, biblical literalism, creationism, hell, prayer, miracles, resurrection, and the problematic doctrine of substitutionary atonement.
This book examines the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of Christianity as exposed by the New Atheism. It also explores the responses of Christian apologists who oppose the New Atheism. In the last section of the book, Davis “reimagines” Christianity in the light of reason, evidence, science and historical criticism.
Marshall Davis tests the Christian faith from the viewpoint of skepticism to see if it is worthy of our devotion. His conclusion is that it is, but that the New Atheism can help put Christianity on a stronger footing … if Christians are willing to listen to God speaking through the New Atheists.
“This book transcends the typical atheist-theist debate over the existence of God as a supernatural being. He takes a number of pro-science, pro-future insights from religious skeptics and offers a fresh interpretation of Christianity in light of the Evidential Reformation now emerging throughout the world. I highly recommend it.” ~ Rev. Michael Dowd, author of "Thank God for Evolution" and host of “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness"
bound: 325 pages
publisher: Independently published (May 1, 2017)
isbn: 1521173591, 978-1521173596,
weight: 1.2 pounds (