Book Review: The Atheist Who Didn't Exist

The Atheist Who Didn't Exist
Or: The Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments 
By Andy Bannister

In the last decade atheism has leapt from obscurity to the front pages; producing best-selling books, making movies, and plastering adverts on the side of buses.  There’s an energy and a confidence to contemporary atheism:  many people now assume that a godless skepticism is the default position, indeed the only position for anybody wishing to appear educated, contemporary, and urbane.  Atheism is hip, religion is boring.
Yet when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments use to prop it up quickly unravel.  The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist is designed to expose some of the loose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens.  Blending humor with serious thought Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all. Recognize lazy skepticism and bad arguments.  Be an atheist by all means: but do be a thought-through one.

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Canadian Director for RZIM.  He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the USA Europe, and the wider world, addressing audiences of all faiths and none on issues of philosophy, belief and skepticism.  He holds a doctorate in Islamic studies and enjoys mountaineering, juggling, and cats (although not simultaneously).  He tweets frequently at @andy bannister

My Thoughts: Atheism is something a lot of Christians have trouble with. I hear all kinds of silly arguments, like "atheist sure talk about God a lot" just to name one, as well as a whole lot of hate from Christians. Because of this I was interested in seeing what The Atheist Who Didn't Exist had as far as arguments go. Upon reading it my first thought was that this is an entertaining book to read. A lot of it was funny and the author seemed down to earth. However a few of the arguments would leave an atheist still with a lot to argue about. If you like Stealing from God or Awakening God this is a book to check out. 

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