Friday, July 1, 2011

"Why God Won't Go Away" - 3 Stars

"Why God Won't Go Away" by Alister McGrath was my most recent read, and I found it to be a very interesting book.  The book can basically be broken up into three sections: past, present, and future. There are discussions of the four men who spearheaded the new atheism movement, and brief histories of their contributions. These short biographies of Richard Dawkins, Sam harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens help to understand the key principles of atheism. 

I also found that the atheism movement is founded on false doctrines and generalizations about faith. There were definitely moments where I wanted to argue with Mr. Dawkins or Mr. Dennett about these generalizations.
I was truly fascinated and a little bit disappointed at how these atheists can make definitive claims about religion that are so far off, such as religion causes violence, or religion is irrational.

Overall, a good book with a concise explanation of this atheism movement and explanation of the founding principles.