The new atheists are on the warpath. They come armed with arguments to
show that belief in God is absurd and dangerous. In the name of societal
progress, they promote purging the world of all religious practice. And
they claim that people of faith are mentally ill. Some of the new
atheists openly declare their hatred for the Judeo-Christian God.
apologists have been quick to respond to the new atheists' arguments.
But there is another dimension to the issue which begs to be
addressed--the root causes of atheism. Where do atheists come from? How
did such folks as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and
Christopher Hitchens become such ardent atheists? If we are to believe
them, their flight from faith resulted from a dispassionate review of
the evidence. Not enough rational grounds for belief in God, they tell
us. But is this the whole story?
Could it be that their
opposition to religious faith has more to do with passion than reason?
What if, in the end, evidence has little to do with how atheists arrive
at their anti-faith? That is precisely the claim in this book. Atheism
is not at all a consequence of intellectual doubts. These are mere
symptoms of the root cause--moral rebellion. For the atheist, the
missing ingredient is not evidence but obedience.
declares, "The fool says in his heart there is no God" (Ps. 14:1), and
in the book of Romans, Paul makes it clear that lack of evidence is not
the atheist's problem. The Making of an Atheist confirms these biblical truths and describes the moral and psychological dynamics involved in the abandonment of faith.
The Making Of An Atheist by James S Spiegel was published by Moody in March 2010. The ISBN for The Making Of An Atheist is 9780802476111.