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Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins

by Poythress, Ransom

Richard Dawkins (1941– ), a leader in the New Atheism movement and bestselling author, is one of the foremost proponents of a gene-centered approach to evolutionary science. Not only does he claim that materialism offers a satisfying purpose for life, but he has trenchantly criticized those who accept the existence of a supernatural creator. Dawkins has had a great impact on perceptions of science’s scope and the viability of atheism, but his foundations are not as robust as they might seem. The author provides a sound, Reformed, biblical toolkit for defending the faith—looking at where Dawkins’s ideas on science cross philosophical concepts and critiquing them from a Christian perspective. Equipping readers with helpful information, this book gives advice and encouragement about how to engage others on these issues in an informed, loving way. The hope of the gospel is more than able to withstand the challenges presented by Dawkins and his thought. The book is part of the series on Great Thinkers.


“The New Atheism is now an established feature of the intellectual landscape of our age. Richard Dawkins was one of the chief architects and intellectuals of the New Atheists. Ransom Poythress has written an accessible introduction to Dawkins’s life and thought and a compelling refutation of his arguments against Christianity. This is an enormously helpful resource.” —R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“The ‘New Atheists’ have terrorized many Christians by invoking modern science and philosophy to debunk Jesus and the Bible. Richard Dawkins has been one of their most effective voices, focusing especially on the doctrine of evolution, which most academic and media writers assume to be true. Ransom Poythress is well qualified to respond to Dawkins and more generally to the New Atheist movement. He writes knowledgeably about evolution, science, philosophy, and theology, devastating the arguments and conclusions of the New Atheists. His presentation is powerful, but also gracious and winsome. I recommend this book to anyone who seeks knowledge of these issues and reliable guidance through the conceptual thicket.” —John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

Paperback, 192 pages, Notes, glossary of terms and concepts, Bibliography, Index of Scripture, Index of Subjects and Names

USD 14.95 / CAD 19.95

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