Thursday, September 10, 2015
The Atheist Who Didn't Exist by Andy Bannister and Forword by Ravi Zacharias
An entertaining and enlightening poke at atheism by a popular speaker
Addressing some of the more popular atheist sound bites about the Christian faith, The Atheist Who Didn't Exist clears the space for a deeper and more honest discussion about the big questions of life.
Our culture now assumes that atheism is the default position indeed, the only position for anyone who wishes to be seen as educated, contemporary, and urbane. In the media, atheism is usually portrayed as scientific and rational versus religion, which is seen as stuffy, outdated, and irrational.
Blending humor with serious thought, The Atheist Who Didn't Exist will help readers to think a little deeper about the popular claims of atheism. Whether the reader is a Christian who desires to be able to start a conversation with secular friends or simply an agnostic dissatisfied with some of the arguments that pass for serious thought, Andy Bannister shows that when it comes to the most important questions of life, we need to move beyond simplistic sound bites.
About The Author
Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the US, Europe, and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses both Christian audiences and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics, and society.
With a background in youth ministry before studying theology and philosophy (focusing especially on Islam), Andy was previously based in Oxford, where he worked with churches and organizations across the denominational spectrum.
Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively. He has spoken and taught at universities across Canada, the US, the UK, and farther afield on both Islam and philosophy and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology.
Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an, a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed. His latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism.
When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber, and photographer. He lives in Toronto and is married to Astrid; they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher.
When I saw this book had a forward by Ravi Zacharias I knew I wanted to read this, and was not disappointed.
What a remarkable gift and talent Andy Bannister possesses, such a quick wit and enjoyable read. Each chapter contains a story and his points are filled with chuckles and humor. While not everyone enjoys this type humor his points are right on, and we all know that atheists would not exist without Christians.
I have always wanted some comeback to address people who attack my Christian faith, and reading through this book, chapter by chapter there are lots of logical facts that place the shoe on the other foot. I recommend this book, you won’t be disappointed and you just might gain a wealth of information.
I received this book through Kregel Publishing Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.