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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ivp (18 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844745716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844745715
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book represents Christian apologetics at its finest. David Glass's grasp of the material is both broad and deep and very impressive; there is no aspect of the New Atheism which is left unexamined. Whilst always fair to his opponents we are treated to a tour de force which is second to none. This is a clear, accessible, well-reasoned critique of Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris et al. and a positive presentation of the credibility of the Christian faith. --Melvin Tinker, Vicar of St John, Newland, Hull

David Glass gives a sustained, measured, and carefully reasoned but ultimately devastating critique of the arguments and rhetoric of the present day cult of new atheism - a real joy to read. --Rodney D. Holder, Course Director, The Faraday Institute, St Edmund's College, Cambridge

The New Atheists are certainly vocal, but are they also reasonable? In this remarkably accessible book, David Glass exposes their frequent failure to understand what they attack, meticulously assesses their arguments, and then goes beyond critique to present a many-sided positive case - scientific, historical, and philosophical - for Christian theism. No other work on this subject combines such wide scope with such consistently high quality. --Timothy McGrew, Professor of Philosophy, Western Michigan University

About the Author

David H. Glass is a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Ulster. His PhD in theoretical physics and MA in philosophy are from Queen's University, Belfast. He has been involved in Christian apologetics for a number of years. He and his wife Cathy have five children.

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Everyone seems to be talking about atheism. The so-called "New Atheists" are out and proud. Their books are in every bookstore, waiting to perpetuate ideas about religion: that it is evil and causes violence, that its adherents are positively irrational or even delusional, and more. Dressed to impress, atheism is sporting "new clothes," and David Glass, in his Atheism's New Clothes, seeks to expose them. Glass explores the primary works of the "New Atheism": Dennett's Breaking the Spell, Hitchens' God is Not Great, Harris' The End of Faith, and Dawkins' The God Delusion.

Glass starts Atheism's New Clothes by outlining the claims of the new atheism. One problem with this movement is that it rejects theistic belief simply because it is, according to them, simply obvious that theism is false and so they do not bother to interact on a scholarly level with theistic discussions.[24ff] In particular, the new atheists define faith in a way which is most helpful to their own case and refuse to interact with theologians on the topic. Harris goes so far as to argue that they can ignore what theologians say because they are allegedly irrelevant to the faith of the faithful.[39] However, Harris' argument is based upon reading Hebrews 11 in "the right way," which is of course his own reading that is not based upon the Greek or even exegesis of any sort.[40] Glass counters the contentions of the New Atheists' by exploring a number of Christian responses to faith throughout history.[42ff] He notes that the consensus is that "within Christianity it is entirely appropriate to provide arguments and evidence for the existence of God and the truth of Christianity... note that the New Atheists fail to engage with any [view of faith outlined by Glass] or any other well-thought out view on the subject.
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I wanted to study a work which was not condescending towards the layman but treated basic issues of belief in accessible language. Sources of quotations are well indexed and hints for study of side issues are provided. The book is marked by courtesy as well as careful research. Ths scope of treatment is adequately wide for the intelligent reader who is not acquainted with deeper philosophical jargon.
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Once an evangelical Christian and now a reluctant atheist, I have been searching for a rational case for the existence of God for over 20 years. This book does not present that case. However it does make an excellent companion to "The God Delusion" because it demonstrates how the delusion can be maintained by an otherwise intelligent, erudite, articulate scholar.

David Glass misunderstands Atheism (it's not a real ism), misplaces the burden of evidence (modern understanding of nature demands a stronger case for a personal deity), his own offering of evidence is based on ignorance (order in the universe, conscious minds), he objects to the form of Atheist arguments, he counters but does not refute the substance of those arguments and plays with definitions (faith) to make them seem defensible or at least too blurred to counter.

I believe that God has given us the gift of Reason and he will not call us to his kingdom until we start using it.

There is also a great irony here. The "New Atheism" is not the enemy of religion because it keeps God on the public agenda. The real enemy is apathy.
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Excellent well written book
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