Finding an Apologetics Gem Among the Backlist Titles
I must be unintentionally driving my book promotion and publicity contacts a little crazy. Lately I’ve been reading and reviewing books at my other blog, Thinking Out Loud that are (a) not new and (b) not from the usual gang of publisher suspects, but are in fact things friends and customers have loaned to me.
Such is the case for Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target by John Lennox (Lion Books, 2011). I’m not a science guy exactly, but I found this extremely easy to follow and the author’s style very engaging. Lennox will be 72 on Saturday (he shares a birthday with Billy Graham) and to the best of my knowledge is still a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (which gave us that other part-time Christian apologist you may have heard of, C. S. Lewis).
The book’s purpose is not to argue for the existence of God, or a particular model of creationism, but rather to point out the flaws in the arguments of the major proponents of what is termed The New Atheism, which Lennox points out isn’t new at all. And item by item, he does refute their arguments and even the right of scientists to delve into certain issues of philosophy or moralism that are beyond their purview.
But while there are areas where the author feels strongly that Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are somewhat lacking in scholarship (such as Biblical interpretation) or have wandered outside their boundaries of their respective fields (such as ethics) or have taken a leap of logic (such as imposing conditions on Christianity that would never be accepted if the shoe was on the other foot) he chooses to disarm them gracefully.
HIs closing chapter on evidence for the resurrection faces the challenge of covering familiar ground for committed Christ-followers, but he does this with excellence.
Christian apologetics doesn’t fascinate every Christ-follower, but I would argue that people need to include books like this once in awhile to have a balanced reading diet. This one hits all the high notes and is certainly one of the best resources to counter the arguments being made by those on the other side.