Christian deception about The Art of Deception

I recently read a review of Robert Morey’s 21-year-old book The New Atheism at Bill Muehlenberg’s CultureWatch blog, which describes Nicholas Capaldi’s The Art of Deception as “a famous atheist debating guide, in which every trick in the book is offered to fellow atheists as they attack theists.”

There are just a few problems with this statement–Capaldi is a Catholic, not an atheist; the book is an introduction to informal logic, not an atheist debating guide; and most of the few examples in the book which address theistic arguments are demonstrating deception in arguing for, rather than against, the existence of God. Morey seems to have gone so far as to fabricate quotations from Capaldi’s book as part of his argument against the honesty of atheists.

And upon reviewing Morey’s Wikipedia entry, there are yet further reasons that he seems not to be a very good personal example for the superiority of the ethics of Christians over atheists.

I’ve gone into the above in more detail at my own blog.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03743116454273042629 Sheldon

    I just followed the link to the review cited. What poppycock! I posted the following comment.

    There is soooo much wrong with this review, I don’t know where to start.
    Lets take this accusation that atheists are attempting supress all religious freedom, such as was done in the Soviet Union. What on earth are you talking about? Dawkins, Harris and others have published books which attempt to persuade people that religion is irrational. They do nothng more. There is no political party that is attempting to sieze state power for the purposes of supressing religious freedom. There are no armed militias attacking churches. As far as making use of the judiciary, these efforts can be reduced simply to the maintenance of the wall of separation between church and state.

    And finally, atheists or anti-theists are not:
    “…..engaged in a direct challenge to, and attack on, God.”

    We are challenging the idea of God as something that is presumed to exist. If I really thought God existed, I certainly wouldn’t be attacking it!


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