One of the Editors of a New Book ‘Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism’ Responds to Your Criticism

A few weeks ago, I posted an excerpt from a new book called True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, edited by Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnauer.

Their goal was to refute some of the claims made by popular atheists. While I don’t normally post excerpts from Christian books, I though this one would be interesting because the editors agreed to respond to your comments (and criticism).

And Tom Gilson has done just that. Below is his response to many of the points you all made. I inserted links where I thought they would be helpful, but his response is otherwise unedited:

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A New Christopher Hitchens Book Will Be Published This November

Christopher Hitchens is still publishing books years after his death. Simon & Schuster will be releasing Why Religion is Immoral: And Other Interventions this November. It’s not clear whether this is a compilation of material we’ve seen before or a never-published book that Hitchens was working on before his death, but it’s available for pre-order right now.

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Is Atheism Rational? A New Book Attempts to Refute That Idea

You can understand why some Christians would feel threatened by the attention given to atheism over the past several years. Atheist authors tend to spawn headlines with every book and we’re quick to respond when religion is found at the scene of societal ills.

In True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, edited by Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnauer, a group of Christian writers attempt to refute some of the popular claims made by popular atheists.

In the excerpt below, apologist Sean McDowell answers the question: “Are Science and Christianity at odds?”

(Note: Normally, I don’t post excerpts from Christian books — certainly ones that contain ideas I strongly disagree with — but I thought I would make an exception in this case because the editors have agreed to read your comments and respond to them at a later date.)

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So That’s How Mark Driscoll’s Book Ended Up on the NYT Bestsellers List…

On January 22, 2012, a book written by Pastor Marc Driscoll and his wife Grace debuted at #1 on the New York Times‘ “Hardcover Advice & Misc.” bestsellers list.

(For what it’s worth, we were not fans of the book at this site.)

The following week, Real Marriage was off the list completely. Which seems strange… but it didn’t matter since the phrase “#1 New York Times Bestseller” could now be plastered atop all future editions of the book:

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The Birth Control Case That Infuriated the Religious Right

After more than 25 years working at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rob Boston knows a thing or two about the Religious Right, their motivations and tactics, and what the future appears to have in store for them. His latest book gets to the heart of the religious freedom we’re guaranteed in the Constitution and how conservatives have tried to eliminate them in a variety of areas. It’s called Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do (Prometheus Books, 2014):

In the excerpt below, Boston discusses a historic Supreme Court case involving birth control:

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