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Peter S Williams
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1 Feb 2013
The book will counter the 'new atheist' movement using the arguments of C.S. Lewis, thereby appealing to readers interested in both loci and showing that there is nothing especially 'new' about the new atheism. How might C.S. Lewis, the greatest Christian apologist of the twentieth century, respond to the twenty-first century 'new atheism' of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and company? Might Lewis' own journey from atheism to Christian belief illuminate and undercut the objections of the new atheists? Christian philosopher Peter S. Williams takes us on an intellectual journey through Lewis' conversion in conversation with today's anti-theists. 'This book shows the breadth, depth, and durability of Lewis's Christian apologetics.' Michael Ward, chaplain at St Peter's College, Oxford

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Peternoster (1 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842277707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842277706
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed the book, and intend to read it again soon, to endeavour to grasp more of the arguments. Intellectually it was way above me a lot of the time, but it's a book that I feel should be widely read as it attempts to give the balance to the strident notes frequently broadcast on our air waves. (The Biased Broadcasting Company - read BBC) seems to present the New Athiest's view, and any counter view they broadcast, seems to be a sympathiser in disguise. It's as if any viewpoint not in keeping with theirs is not worth broadcast time. This book shows the paucity of their arguments, by at least two brilliant minds. Well worth a read. The Kindle book has the beauty of direct links to many of the references.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A book for theologians, not ordinary Christians 31 Jan 2014
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I bought this book because of a review I read in a Christian magazine which I thought was written for ordinary"in the pew" Christians. I do realise that it is difficult for people, such as the author who, on the back of the book, is described as a "Christian philosopher & apologist" to write in language that the ordinary people use & understand. I suppose I am not the sort of reader who should read this book. I is fine & comprehensive research for the specialist
Like many such authors, he assumes that the reader will have as much or similar knowledge & understanding that he has. For example, a comprehensive list of CS Lewis' writings (in one appendix) ( however, a very good point is that the relevant writings of CS Lewis for each chapter re clearly set out at the end of such chapter) would have been useful, as would a summary time line of CS Lewis's life.
In my view, he does not make his definitions clear &, when he does try to explain anything, it is in obscure language.. He does not give clear statements of eg the basic beliefs of CS Lewis or what the "new atheists" believe, and what are the major "points of difference" with the "old atheists.
I found it hard going - what I would have found helpful was a "plan of action" and advice how the ordinary Christian can deal with such difficult concepts. I tried to read a chapter each Sunday afternoon after church
The format of separate chapters with conclusions & recommended reading is excellent.
I certainly did not "enjoy reading this book" but do congratulate the author and Paternoster for having the courage & foresight to write & publish such an important book. I hope & pray that people will be inspired to stand up & argue for the true Christian faith
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of CS Lewis vs. the New Atheists 5 Aug 2013
By Izak Burger - Published on Amazon.com
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I read Lewis' "Surprised by Joy" some years ago because I was interested in his story of conversion. While that book (Surprised by Joy) is still an important one to own for anyone who loves Lewis, I think this book almost does a better job of documenting the Journey from Atheism to Deism, Theism, and eventually Christianity, even if that is not the main objective.

The book deals with so much more than just Lewis' arguments though, the author also references material from many other philosophers from both sides of the debate.

I think the most important thing I can say about this book is that -- whether you agree with Lewis or not -- a lot of the rhetoric used by the new atheists is in fact not "new". I think the reason why so many modern day internet-atheists simply repeat the same old tired arguments is that they simply don't know that they are old.

Now of course there is nothing wrong with an old argument, some of the best arguments have been going on for centuries and this is certainly no different, but in a debate as important (and old) as this one, it is certainly a good idea to be up to date, and I can hardly see how you can be up to date on the theistic side of the debate unless you've read Lewis. This book makes an excellent summary on this subject.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of CS Lewis vs. the New Atheists on Kindle 15 Jun 2013
By Patrick S - Published on Amazon.com
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CS Lewis vs the New Atheists was a quick, informative, fun and good read.

Peter S Williams does a great job in reviving CS Lewis' works to bring them to today's debate concerning the existence of God and to counter the claims of the new atheists. The book covers the impact CS Lewis had and still has on various philosophers from the past and today, his journey from atheism to Christianity, a refutation of scientism and logical positivism, the argument from desire, the argument from reason, the moral argument and Lewis' Jesus: liar, lunatic or lord? approach to the historical Jesus.

The outline of the book is:

Foreword by Revd Dr Michael Ward
Author's Preface
1. Old-Time Atheism
2. The Positively Blunt Sword of Scientism
3. A Desire For Divinity?
4. The Argument From Reason
5. The Problem of Goodness
6. Jesus in the Dock
Conclusion: First Things First
Selected Resources

I also learned a lot about CS Lewis's personal life which I prior did not know, like for example that he carried all his life a piece of shrapnel in his chest due to his service in the war during WW1.

After each chapter there is a Recommended Resources page which I loved with links to videos, audios, online papers and book titles. Unfortunately not all links work which would be great if it could be updated.

I recommend this book to anyone engaging with the God debate today, it is an easy-to-read book. I would put it on the same level as On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig or Gunning for God by John Lennox.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logically sound. 30 Mar 2013
By Anthony Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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Received the book quicker than promised. This book is one of most logically sound defenses against the new atheist that I have read. I highly recommend it for anyone with an open mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Amateur Apologist 10 Mar 2014
By Fulano - Published on Amazon.com
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His logic is impeccable! CS Lewis is the Sherlock Holmes of Christians. Book gives great ideas on answering critics and unbelievers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis and william - a great combo 13 Nov 2013
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I ordered this and i couldnt wait to get it. when it arrived i couldnt put it down - im not a huge lewis fan, but i like many of his apologetic arguments. here williams brings fine concision and clarity to many of lewis' best arguments. i really liked his work on the argument from reason and lewis' argument from beauty - this is a must read for apologists and seekers. williams at his best! A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism: God is Not Dead
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