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The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments Paperback – Jul 1 2015
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"This is a remarkable and timely book. Apologetics has to mature and evolve into the 21st century and this intelligent, funny and elegant work is precisely what we are looking for."—Michael Coren, broadcaster, author and journalist
"Andy Bannister's book is a breath, a gust, a positive whoosh of fresh air. Made me laugh, made me think, made me cry. The words bounce across the page. A sane Christian! Whatever next?"—Adrian Plass
"Every atheist vs. believer debate I've been to has made me want to gouge out my eyes with a spoon. Bannister's book, however, is exactly what this sceptical believer needed."—Drew Marshall, radio host
"In a brilliant work that is as humorous as it is damaging to atheist arguments, Bannister demonstrates the consequences of implementing new atheist arguments into real life (that is, out of the realm of stuffy office speculations). His work is a wild ride that takes the reader from stories to theory to end game. Writing with eloquence and imagination, he illustrates the supposed 'safe ground' of new atheist thought as truly no ground at all."—Mary Jo Sharp, Houston Baptist University
"Andy Bannister provides a set of powerful and accessible arguments that can be used by ordinary people in responding to the tsunami of atheist sound bites flooding public discourse in the West. His tongue-in-cheek humour gives a certain lightness which does not in any way undermine the rigour and force of the book's arguments. This is not a negative study—though atheism is certainly taken to the cleaners—but it is also profoundly positive in presenting compelling arguments for the central claims of Christianity."—Dr Peter Riddell, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London
About the Author
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 scepticism. He holds a doctorate in Islamic studies and enjoys mountaineering, juggling, and cats (although not simultaneously). He tweets frequently at @andygbannister.
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In his thought-provoking Q & A responses, Bannister easily tackled subjects ranging from atheism and scepticism to faith, philosophy and belief systems. Holding a PhD in Islamic Studies, Bannister is the Canadian director of Ravi Zacharias Ministries International.
His recent book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist, showcases bullet-proof arguments against atheism intertwined with his trademark tongue-in-cheek humor.
Bannister begins by examining the slogan on the “atheist” bus that reads: There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life. These slogans were first seen on buses in England but have now appeared on buses around the world.
These bus ads were sponsored by the British Humanist Association as well as renowned Oxford atheist Richard Dawkins, writer of the best-selling book, The God Delusion.
Bannister claims that this slogan, along with “much of contemporary atheism, thrives on poor arguments and cheap sound bites, advancing claims that simply don’t stand up to scrutiny.”
After hurling humorous howitzers at this slogan in the first chapter, Bannister sets in stone one solid argument upon another that builds a high wall against atheism. This culminates with a look at the heart of Christianity — who Jesus claims to be.
In an email interview, Bannister said, “That was the goal of the book. To start gently from the atheist bus, then weave a path through New Atheist arguments, and then through the questions ‘Can we be good without God?’ ‘Can we have meaning without God?’ and ‘Is faith the opposite of reason?Read more ›
"...when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments used to prop it up quickly unravel. The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is designed to expose some of the lose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognize lazy skepticism and bad arguments."
"The Atheist Who Didn't Exist" is a combination of comprehensive arguments and light comedic fun, and on that basis this small, easy to read evaluation on the atheistic worldview delivers what it promises. Bannister not only reveals the logical fallacies of popular sound-bite type arguments, but outlines the underlying principles of these popular tropes and why they should be appropriately labelled empty. Highlighting not only this truth for the arguments of your typical "street atheist" but likewise noting the problems in the popular body of works of the "giants" whose arguments they regularly regurgitate and whose shoulders many pretend to stand on.
By doing so Bannister pulls out the bottom tier of the Janga tower that is the atheist worldview, toppling the wibbly-wobbly tower altogether. By pointing out the inconsistency in this "new" atheism, and highlighting the lack of depth in the research and analysis of the classical ("old") atheists, we see all that is "new" is simply building blocks made on "sound bite" type arguments that sound good on NBC, BBC, and CTV, but generally don't get brain cells moving all that much.Read more ›
That being said, one difference I note is that in the book format he has time to introduce his chapters with witty stories illustrating the fallacious argument that each chapter takes on. I looked forward to each of these stories and I think you will too, not the least because it lends a look into who Andy is and if you can't trust a person's character there really would be no reason to read further.
I recommend this book because it is highly engaging and accessible to the person-on-the-street, yet it explores subtle intellectual 'tricks' that don't get exposed enough these days. Anyone who watches or reads the news will find Andy's exposé of various fallacies very useful indeed, even beyond the realm of New Atheistic propaganda.
A slight caveat: Andy's book is intended as a counter-point to such books as "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins (who he quotes a lot). It is NOT intended to provide a perfectly balanced look at BOTH Atheism and Theism. That being said, his book does exactly what it sets out to do: set the record straight regarding some fallacies in the New Atheistic camp while affirming Andy's atheistic friends in their honest search for the truth.
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I couldn't put it down. Bannister uses humour and delightful stories to bring his points across. Highly recommend this book.Published 10 days ago by Dawn Kalsbeek
Can't remember when I've enjoyed a book this much....especially on such a complicated topic. I laughed out loud often, and learned a lot along the way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wendy McLellan
Superb title caught my eye. Very easy read, great use of humour. Sticks to the point. Worthwhile read.Published 5 months ago by Lane Fusilier
An amusing and interesting look at some prominent Atheist arguments. Some were stronger than others and the chapter on the gospels as history was a bit weak in my estimation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shawn Johnsen
I have read a lot of good books that present a compelling case for the existence of God, and yet this one offers something unique--humour. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ChrisArchie