- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Lion Books (23 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745953220
- ISBN-13: 978-0745953229
- Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target: A Critique of the New Atheism Paperback – 23 Sep 2011
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About the Author
John Lennox is Reader in Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green College. He is particularly interested in the interface of science, philosophy and theology and has lectured around the world on the subject. He is the author of the bestselling God's Undertaker.
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Before a more detailed review I should make it clear that whilst I’m an atheist I am no fan of New Atheism. I have read Dawkin’s “God Delusion” and Harris’ “Letter to a Christian Nation” and found them vulgar and derivative. Lennox makes several references to a symposium called “Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion & Survival” organised by The Science Network in 2006. This was essentially a New Atheist “love-in”. All the lectures are available on line and in amongst the diatribe there are some more considered discussions. There was actually a second symposium “Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark” in 2008 which is much more balanced and has more scientific rigour. In total, there is five days’ worth of lectures. It has been some time since I listened to them but I did make my way through them all. This is a lengthy review and I have tended to focus on the touch-points for me as an atheist. This not so as to misrepresent the book; but, to highlight the areas where I either agreed or disagreed with Lennox.Read more ›
This book gathers up much of the material Lennox has used so effectively in taking on the cultural phenomenon of the New Atheism. He shows that it is sadly wanting in philosophical sophistication, lacking in intellectual firepower and totally devoid of an evidential basis. He makes his case from science, history, morality, philosophy and scripture, taking on the attacks and arguments (such as they are) of the New Atheists, showing that not only does Christianity survive the attacks but it shines in them.
He commences in his first chapter by addressing the common misconception of there being a conflict between God and faith on one side and reason and science on the other. He most helpfully points out that right from the beginning God encouraged science. Lennox also reminds us that modern science was birthed in a Christian culture and sprang from a belief in a rational God who created an intelligible universe according to regular laws. Thus, the very fact science can be done at all points to God. Lennox notes that the view that Christians oppose science is a gross caricature, and in fact "in the twentieth century scientific models of a beginning were resisted because they might increase the plausibility of belief in God."
Lennox takes Hawking to task for his logical fallacies and philosophical blunders. In regard to the statement "Philosophy is dead" in The Grand Design, Lennox writes, "But this itself is a philosophical statement. It is manifestly not a statement of science.Read more ›
Fair minded readers can celebrate that a book has been published on the Christian side that argues reasonably without bullying. That said, it is a gap in his argument that he does not mention the moral problem of fear based religion, either in the his answer to whether religion is harmful, or in his defence of the atonement idea. He defends theism without showing why he then needs to accept, and be an apologist for, the superstitious blood atonement nonsense. At least he skilfully gives a liberal sounding take on it, as a kind spirited instrument for making moral relationships with God work.
Book is more likeable as a resource, including for his full quote of Dawkins's view on that, than for his own response to it. Yet his response also makes the book valuable, because he finds he has to reject the simple, and I have always found unjust, line of one-sided forgiveness that Christianity is often associated with. He apparently disagrees with turn the other cheek. He shows some appreciation of the unavenged victim's position, that all too many Christian ministers determine to reject admitting exists. This has a particular interest coming from a writer from Northern Ireland.Read more ›
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A Brilliant, concise critique of new atheism. It was easy to read and even the harder stuff pulled from other books (for Example David Hume) were explained well by Lennox. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are lots of misconstrued arguments here but it is interesting to see the subject matter from a different perspective.Published 2 months ago by John Harbord
Like Alvin Plantinga said = Powerful, hard-hitting !
Read it and you will understand !
Excellent book. Should be compulsary reading in any classroom to balance at least some of the massive atheistic propaganda.Published 7 months ago by Jens-Ancher Sonne
If you come to this book as I did looking for a thoughtful repudiation of atheism you'll be disappointed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve Bowen
An excellent book, well written and brilIantly argued by a highly intelligent scholar. He skilfully demolishes the arguments of Richard Dawkins and co (which, in truth, many more... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David M. Jackson
Everyone should read Johns books a real treat. But best of all listen to John speaking, He really appeals to men who have their eyes shut and ears blocked. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Diggy