Thomas Nelson Publishing courteously enlightened me with a copy of Why God Won't Go Away through BookSneeze, a blog-for-books program. I want to note that my views are solely based on New Atheism and the book read. Please do not read this as a generalization of all atheists. Allister McGrath, theologian, professor and this case author, a former atheist himself, acquaints the reader with the four major voices in the New Atheism movement, highlighting their theses of their beliefs in the non-existence of a deity. Interestingly, McGrath then rebuts their arguments and champions the cause for a deity in a very non-invasive manner.
As I read it occurred to me the anger that the New Atheism spews at religion is nothing but a farce. Dawkins' and Harris' views are shared without much substantiating evidence. I found myself rather bemused at their stands. Often religion and philosophy are entwined giving credence to one another. What I believe shapes my philosophy in life, and really I could go further stating they are one in the same. Yet, here this movement despise religion claiming it is evil, a mental deficiency and/or an indulgence. Are not their beliefs the religion this movement believes in?
It was heartbreaking to learn some of the New Atheists are proponents of mass killing of theists. Ironically, religious extremism is one of the so-called problems of religion. If they are against extremism, how can they propagate such hatred?