In this new book, Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic world view, opposing the arguments given by renowned authors of books on atheism, such as Richard Dawkins. Unlike other responses to the new atheism, Markham challenges these authors on their own ground by questioning their understanding of belief and of atheism itself. The result is a transforming introduction to Christianity that will appeal to anyone interested in this debate.* A fascinating challenge to the recent spate of successful books written by high-profile atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris* Tackles these authors on their own ground, arguing that they do not understand the nature of atheism, let alone theology and ethics* Draws on ideas from Nietzsche, cosmology, and art to construct a powerful response that allows for a faith that is grounded, yet one that recognizes the reality of uncertainty* Succinct, engaging, but robustly argued, this new book by a leading academic and writer contains a wealth of profound insights that show religious belief in a new light
Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics. He is the author of numerous books, including: Encountering Religion (2000), A Theology of Engagement (2003), Do Morals Matter? (2006), Understanding Christian Doctrine (2007), A World Religions Reader, 3rd edn (2009), and the 2-volume reference work, The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians (2009), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Acknowledgments viii Introduction: Meeting Fred and Natalie 1 1 Getting inside Fundamentalist Atheism: The Gentle Atheism of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris 7 2 Nietzsche: The Last Real Atheist 28 Interlude: The Perspective from God 46 3 Appreciating the Faith Discourse 50 4 Physics: The Grown-up Science 65 5 A Revealing God 80 6 Christianity 92 7 Islam 105 8 Suffering, Providence, and Horrid Religious People 116 9 Religion and the Future 128 10 Faith and Uncertainty Believing the Truth 135 Conclusion 144 Notes 147 Select Bibliography 156 Index 159