I have distilled the many arguments used by atheists against Christians into
twelve, and provided the interested reader with a refutation of each one.
The book has been reviewed by the university student newspaper. The reviewers, a Muslim
and an atheist, were not particularly complimnetary. Read the reviews
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The main impetus for the book came from discussions on Usenet. alt.religion.christian.roman-catholic,
to which I contribute regularly, is infested by a great number of atheist posters.
They seem to outnumber the Catholics.
Now atheism shares with Catholicism the distinction of being an intellectually
tenable position. With the exception of the special case of Reform Judaism,
no other religious position can be defended by a philosphically serious person.
We know that the Torah was not given to Moses on Mount Sinai, and we know that
the Koran contains errors and absurdities which preclude it being literally
dictated by the archangel Gabriel. We know that the theory of evolution rules
out biblical fundamentalism. Similarly, not even Hindu intellectuals really
believe in the existence of the Hindu deities. Other non-Western religions
have similar crises of credibility - we can know this without necessarily being
experts in each one, because none has attracted serious interest from professional
Western philosophers, which a credible religion surely would have. The academy
is split between mainstream Christians, a sprinkling of Reform Jews, and atheists,
with atheists now in the majority.
Atheism deserves a decent defence. It doesn't usually get it. The typical
atheist believes that his case is so strong that all he need do is sneer. Though
there are serious philosophical problems with Christianity, there are also
serious philosophical problems with atheism. A hundred and fifty years after
Darwin, scientists still haven't come up with a convincing explanation of human
free will, consciousness, and language. No one knows why there is something
rather than nothing at all. The miracles claimed by other religions usually
evaporate on closer analysis, but no one has proposed a very convincing natural
explanation for the resurrection. None of this constitutes proof that atheism
is wrong. It simply means that it is not the open-and-shut case that most atheists
think it is.
Rhetoric is more potent than logic. To name is to conquer. That is why I have
named each argument used by atheists. All the Christian need to do is to say
"that is the Wicca argument", or "Deism fallacy", and the atheist will probably
crumple. The refutation is in the book and probably long forgotten,
and of course it is not the final word on the topic - atheists can and do come
back at me. The act of naming the argument labels the atheist as more of the
same old thing. He thought he was being very daring and provocative by demanding
that the church obey employment law on gay clergy, but that is just the boring
old "liberalism" argument.
There are some elite atheists such as Richard Dawkins, an Oxford don, but
most aren't especially bright. They believe any sort of rubbish, from the Holy
Blood and the Holy Grail up. Those of us who are blessed with intelligence
and education must be careful not to
must be brought
to understand that their arguments are not accepted, and most are pretty arrogant
- they've read a couple of cheap paperbacks and so now they think they know
the inside story about Christian origins - and so we need to bring them into
touch with reality. But the world is a lonely place, particularly if you are
an atheist. If a child engages in attention-seeking behaviour, then usually
the root of the problem is that that child does not receive anough attention.
When the atheist comes before his immortal judge, he will say "I disbelieved
in you, because despite many conversations with believers, I was not convinced".
Then the judge will turn to us, and demand "exactly what did you say to this
Let's make sure that we can give a good account in answer to that question.
The book is available here ( a preview chapter is provided free )
12 Common Atheist Arguments (refuted)