Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target
By John Lennox
Review by Rebecca Johnson
If God needed a defender he could do no better than John C. Lennox. He is a force to be reckoned with. He is a professor at Oxford who has engaged in two major debates with Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The reason he wrote this book is because he felt he could more fully develop his ideas in writing.
If you are curious about the New Atheists this book has a lot to offer. What this book really does is show how extremes on the side of atheism and religion can be dangerous for humans. So in that way I think this book is very balanced. John C. Lennox does not shy away from historical facts.
This book starts out fairly mildly and is somewhat funny in places. Then it becomes much more serious. There is also a great discussion on Jesus and the resurrection at the end.
While reading this book a lot of my response was "Yikes." Hard hitting is definitely an understatement. But as a woman who loves seeing two intellectual guys fight it out I must say I was very entertained. I think you will understand this book even better if you've read Richards Dawkins The God Delusion as I have. That way you know which side each is fighting for.
I felt this book while intense at points had a very beautiful ending. I definitely want to read more books by this author.
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