C S Lewis Vs The New Atheists
by Peter S. Williams
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Counter new atheist arguements with the reasoning of C.S Lewis, as Peter Williams re-traces the steps of Lewis' conversion.
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C S Lewis Vs The New Atheists
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C S Lewis Vs The New Atheists by Peter S. Williams was published by Authentic in February 2013 and is our 16757th best seller. The ISBN for C S Lewis Vs The New Atheists is 9781842277706.
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Reviewed by Melanie Carrollvia The Good Book Stall
An absolute must of a book for any fan of Lewis or for people who want to grapple with 'New Atheists' and their arguments against our mere Christianity! Honestly if you had ever wondered how Lewis would these days approach and deal with the new atheist arguments then here you will find your answer.
Given C S Lewis came initially from an atheistic position to one of faith and then spent so many years as a keen apologist of the faith, it is obvious that his works are well suited as a base to help in dismantling atheist arguments and building up a framework of arguments for the faith. Peter Williams does an excellent job of setting forth the new atheist arguments and positions with good outlines of Grayling, Dawkins, Hitchens et al positions and then in turn digging down into Lewis' own work and arguments to proffer forward strong rebuttals and strategies of discourse. The book is itself a beautifully strong apologist work with no little reference to academic knowledge and measures (indeed each section has an end reference that is almost encyclopaedic in its scope and coverage) but over all the book retains a style that is easy to read and for this reader thoroughly enjoyable.
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How might C.S. Lewis, the greatest Christian apologist of the twentieth century, respond to the twenty-first century 'new atheism' of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and company? Might Lewis' own journey from atheism to Christian belief illuminate and undercut the objections of the new atheists? Christian philosopher Peter S. Williams takes us on an intellectual journey through Lewis' conversion in conversation with today's anti-theists. 'This book shows the breadth, depth, and durability of Lewis's Christian apologetics.' Michael Ward, chaplain at St Peter's College, Oxford 'Peter Williams is a bright, young British philosopher and a skilful debater with whom I had the privilege of partnering in our Cambridge Union Society debate in 2011. I recommend his work enthusiastically.' William Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California
"This book shows the breadth, depth, and durability of Lewis's Christian apologetics.' Michael Ward, chaplain at St Peter's College, Oxford 'Peter Williams is a bright, young British philosopher and a skilful debater with whom I had the privilege of partnering in our Cambridge Union Society debate in 2011. I recommend his work enthusiastically." - William Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California
Even atheists have to take Lewis Seriously
Commonly identified by the individuals such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens New Atheism is the name given to arguments supposedly based on scientific reasoning that "religion should not simply be tolerated but should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational argument wherever its influence arises." Nowhere, they argue, is it necessary to introduce God or the supernatural to understand reality.
Many religious or supernatural claims, such as the virgin birth of Jesus are scientific claims, say the New Atheists, with insistence that "absence of evidence is evidence of absence" when evidence can be expected. Cardinal William Levada among others reply that New Atheism has misrepresented the doctrines of the church, describing its followers as "aggressive" the primary source of discrimination against Christians. The theologians Jeffrey Robbins and Christopher Rodkey concluded that, with Evangelical Christianity, New Atheism "encourages endless conflict without progress" between the two. Sociologist William Stahl observed that, "What is striking about the current debate is the frequency with which the New Atheists are portrayed as mirror images of religious fundamentalists."
When the New Atheist, Chrsitopher Hitchens, wrote in support of the philosphy, he included C S Lewis as the only spokesman for God since 1800, revealing the respect for the man’s intellectual honesty and courageous thinking, even among his opponents. In particular, the difficult arguments that Lewis forces himself face shows a serious consideration and response to the challenges of atheism. This new assessment of the debate, by Peter S Williams, takes you on an intellectual journey through Lewis' conversion and into serious conversation with today's generation of anti-theists.
About the author: Peter S Williams
English philosopher and apologist Peter S. Williams works with the UK based Damaris Trust (www.damaris.org), a Christian charity dedicated to relating Christianity and contemporary culture. Williams is also Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Norway.
Williams studied Philosophy at Cardiff University (BA), Sheffield University (MA) and the University of East Anglia (MPhil), where he completed his thesis on objective definitions of truth, knowledge, goodness and beauty in relation to the nature of God. Before joining Damaris, Williams spent three years as a student pastor for a church in Leicester.
Williams is author of: A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism (Paternoster, 2009); I Wish I Could Believe in Meaning: A Response to Nihilism (Damaris, 2004); The Case for Angels (Paternoster, 2002) & The Case for God (Monarch, 1999). He is co-author of Back in Time: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Doctor Who (Damaris, 2005) & the Connect Bible Study on ‘Computer Animated Films’. He has contributed chapters to: The Matrix Revelations: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to the Matrix Trilogy (Damaris, 2003); Truth Wars: Talking About Tolerance (Damaris, 2005) & Sex and the Cynics: Talking About Love (Damairs, 2005).
Details for C S Lewis Vs The New Atheists
|Page last updated||3rd July 2015|
|Author / Artist||Peter S. Williams|
|Publisher||Authentic (February 2013)|
|Number of Pages||294|