Sunday, July 10, 2011

Why God Won't Go Away

Alister McGrath’s book, Why God Won’t Go Away, is a scholarly discussion of the beliefs and worldviews of those who call themselves the New Atheists. This neo-aethism gained momentum for their views after the planes hit the World Trade Center in 2001. McGrath describes how this horrific event justified one of the fundamental beliefs of the New Atheists that religion in any form is evil and therefore, destructive and should cease to exist.

McGrath explains the viewpoints of the leaders of the New Atheist movement whom he referred to as the “four horseman.” The book puts forth the ideas that show the fundamental nature of the movement as being unable to back their philosophy and positions about religion with their own highly treasured beliefs in rationalism and science.

I read this book out of curiosity and to get myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading.  I won’t say that I particularly enjoyed it, but I learned a lot. Although I don't believe that the book really answers the question that is the title of the book, my only negative statement would be to say that I hated the last sentence of the book. I was somewhat taken aback and thought that the editor should have advised McGrath to leave out the one sentence that kept the book from ending on a positive note—at least, not a positive one for me. 

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