A Christian Confronts the New Atheists
By: R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
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Publication Date: July 2008
A leading Christian intellectual explores the newest strain
of atheism, its foremost thinkers, the cultural conditions
that have bred it, and how Christians should respond.
Something has changed in American culture. What for years
was a little-regarded belief system—atheism—has now gained
a large, and increasing, national hearing through the
writings of “new atheists” such as Dawkins, Dennett,
Harris, and Hitchens.
Wanting to both inform and equip serious-minded Christians
regarding this cultural shift, R. Albert Mohler Jr.
explores the environment that has bred the “new atheism”
while also introducing readers to the movement’s four
leading thinkers and the contours of their arguments.
Mohler—deemed “the reigning intellectual of the evangelical
movement in the US” by Time magazine—then uses this
foundation to pinpoint eight major distinctives that make
the new atheism new, and to discuss the future of
Christianity in relationship to it.
At school and in the community, Christians are sure to
encounter people who have been shaped by this strain of
atheism. Here is keen insight that any believer can use to
understand and challenge the new atheists.
“Instead of becoming just one more voice in the rising
debate between Christians and the New Atheists, Dr. Mohler
has chosen to provide us with masterful coverage of the
dominant writers on both sides. I know of no other
introduction to this crucial debate that is as
comprehensive and clear in such brief compass. Mohler tells
us what’s going on, shows us how much depends on the
outcome of this titanic cultural shift, and provides
guidance to the resources Christians need to challenge the
New Atheism root and branch.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity
Evangelical Divinity School
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