The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by Andy Bannister (with a foreword by Ravi Zacharias) is a brilliant read. Parts of it were laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, as I struggled not to laugh out loud again and again one afternoon, my husband became quite concerned. I haven’t had that much fun with a book in a while!
At the same time, Bannister’s points are absolutely serious. Each chapter takes on one of new atheism’s arguments against the existence of God and shows where the argument fails. With subtle skill, Bannister takes readers from entertaining analogies to clearly made points.
In the first chapter, he tells readers the purpose for the book. If you are a Christian, he is equipping you to defend yourself against evangelistic atheists who love to debate and would like nothing better than to convert your way of thinking to theirs. If you are an atheist, his aim is “to clear away some of the weeds of bad arguments so that a more sensible dialogue can be had.” His hope is that you will “at least commit to being a thought-through atheist—perhaps a doubter, rather than a sceptic; somebody who is willing to think deeply and think well.” In other words, both Christians and atheists can benefit from reading this book. Agnostics and people of faiths other than Christianity will find ideas worth considering, too.
I thank Kregel Publications for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed reading it and will refer to it again.