A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism: God is Not Dead Paperback – 27 Feb 2009
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
And Peter Williams sets out to show how and why the religious are sceptical of the claims of atheism. He does this by many arguments, across the field of the God debate. He knows the atheists' arguments well and quotes their key points and references before going on to interact with them and show up their logical or evidential flaws. For those who see Dawkins's "The God Delusion" as holy writ this will be unsettling.
This book is very carefully written trying to be fair to those authors and ideas which it critiques.
I can recommend it either to theists who want to disturb the certainties of their atheist friends, or to atheists who are beginning to reflect on their position.
Of course dyed in the wool rock heads won't even consider reading it.
If you want a good overview of the strong arguments against atheism then this book is a good place to start.
If you intend to read this book it does help to have some background knowledge on philosophy and science as Williams does get into some complex and deep issues throughout the book and covers a lot of ground in each chapter. It would probably beneficial also, though not necessary, to have read at least one New Atheist books or at least be partially familiar with their arguments.Read more ›
The pages can be quite busy sometimes but it doesnt distract from the indepth content that provides the Atheist with some serious problems. The way Williams deals with Dawkins arguments from the God Delusion is a stand out for me and I will certainly be looking forward to more of what Peter Williams has to offer in the future.
It is interesting how self-referencing these books actually are - and Peter Williams in his modest treatment, accurately diagnoses the mindset and logical fallacies implicit in their arguments. It is not (I do not think) written with an atheist readership in mind - and in my (limited) experience, Williams' use of connected argument is unlikely to appeal to that kind of readership - but for Christians seeking to understand the philosophical underpinnings of modern (or 'new') atheism, this is a must-read.
So, I could have saved myself a lot of time, by cutting to the chase and reading 'A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism'. Why don't you?
What sets this apart from many other apologetics books is the author's research - on average over 150 footnotes per chapter. As well as that, his quotations do not simply cover Christian commentators, but in fact the majority of his references come from atheist and agnostic sources.
It must be noted that if you do not have some philosophical knowledge (I am an avid amateur) then some of the chapters can prove a struggle, but this should not deter anyone; it's worth the work.
The Sceptic's Guide to Atheism is an astonishing book that deserves to be read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book but you need your brain in gear. Uses philosophical jargon but overall a handy resource to dip into.Published on 2 May 2014 by Malcolm S Hindmarsh
I found this to be an eloquently written defense of theistic arguements and reasoning. It is written at a level that a novice to philosophy and theology like me could get to grips... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by Rachel
Really loved this book. Very academic and concise refutation of the New Atheism. Whether you believe in God or not, an open minded read of this book will stop you basing any of... Read morePublished on 20 July 2013 by Mike
Cear critical analysis of the arguements presented by leading anti-theists. Impressive logical demolition but less effective argument for natural theologyPublished on 26 May 2013 by Wetherby