ABOUT THE BOOK (240 pages): Addressing some of the more popular atheist sound bites about the Christian faith, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist clears the space for a deeper and more honest discussion about the big questions of life.
Our culture now assumes that atheism is the default position—indeed, the only position for anyone who wishes to be seen as educated, contemporary, and urbane. In the media, atheism is usually portrayed as scientific and rational versus religion, which is seen as stuffy, outdated, and irrational.
Blending humor with serious thought, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist will help readers to think a little deeper about the popular claims of atheism. Whether the reader is a Christian who desires to be able to start a conversation with secular friends or simply an agnostic dissatisfied with some of the arguments that pass for serious thought, Andy Bannister shows that when it comes to the most important questions of life, we need to move beyond simplistic sound bites.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andy Bannister is the Canadian director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Based in Toronto, Andy speaks frequently across Canada, the United States, and Europe, in settings ranging from universities to business forums to churches. Before joining RZIM, he had a background in youth work and earned a PhD in Qur anic Studies.
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Thanks, Andy, Cheri, & Fred ~ Here is my review!
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What a wonderful book. I’m reading The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by Andy Bannister. I love how knowledgeable he is on the topic and while I’m sad to think about the decline of the United States and of Christianity, he approaches it with humor and therefore gives me hope that all is not lost. This is a book I would highly recommend to many people - atheists, friends, family, etc. Great book - so glad I chose to read it. I learned a lot and also feel a little more empowered when approaching people who don’t share my view of Christ and His love.
I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I have posted my review everywhere it is sold.
I really enjoyed Andy’s style of writing. He is taking something that many of us Christians shy away from or get nervous about and puts a new spin on it. A new way to approach this topic.
This book can easily be read by an atheist or a Christian. Andy pokes a lot of holes in the atheists belief or non-belief :)
This isn’t really a book to read for deeper spiritual growth (which is usually what I am drawn to) but definitely a great book to read to beef up on your beliefs and see atheism in a new way and a way that we can approach with confidence when we are challenged in our beliefs.
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This is an excellent read for believers as well as non-believers, no matter where they stand. Though a short book, only 11 chapters, the author will cover a different belief about God, or the lack thereof, and help us the reader to gain a better understanding of some of the flimsy arguments we may have heard, or in fact, have used ourselves. He will ask questions, and then explain, and back up with not only Scripture but also other well quoted authors, so that we will learn just what a bad argument can be, and where it can lead. Eyes will be opened. Mouths will be opened in laughter, which makes this book a quick, fun read even though the topics covered are quite serious. In fact, it is a matter of life-eternal, or death. If you are not sure where you stand, or what you believe about God this is the perfect read for you. And if you think you know where you stand but are not sure why, this is the book for you, too.
Pick it up and read it for yourself then share with your friends, especially those who may be standing on shaky ground when it comes to their beliefs about God.
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I have to admit that the title of this book really caught my attention. The Atheist Who Didn’t exist, hummm, interesting title for a Christian read. Mr. Bannister has written a captivating book about the rise of atheism (or people’s claim of atheism). In his book Mr. Bannister looks at the lure of atheism and starts to pull apart why people say they are atheist. Is there really such thing as atheism? Can we believe in nothing? Or do we have to believe in something?
Here is a piece of summary from the back cover of the book, “Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognize lazy skepticism and bad arguments.”
You will not be disappointed in picking this book up to read. Thank you Mr. Bannister for a wonderful book.
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Review Title: See Through Smoke and Mirror Arguments (review of The Atheist Who Didn't Exist by Andy Banister)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars posted on Amazon, Goodreads (feeds into my blog, too), and Christianbook.com
The author, Dr. Andy Banister, gives insight and background, interspersed with humor, regarding the variety of arguments used by atheists to put down people's faith in God. The book fascinates with its subject and approach which although making the arguments of the atheists appear nonsensical, it never ridicules the atheists on a personal level.
Dr. Banister uses some fictionalized passages to add a level of absurdity to further illustrate methods of wrong thinking used in some of the arguments. The author's use of the device is quite helpful and entertaining at the same time.
While reading, I found numerous passages that I wanted to share with others. A young man at a retail establishment saw me reading the book, and it opened up conversation. It is the right book for this time to capture the interest of seekers, agnostics, and even atheists who will want to see what is said about them. It's a wonderful book to generate discussion among different age groups, cultures, and for any group trying to understand how to better reach out to those who have fallen under the influence of the new type of atheists.
I thank the author, publisher, and bookfun.org for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. It is truly worth reading for its intellectual and spiritual value along with its wit.
The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by Andy Bannister takes the reader on the exploration of questioning people who claim to be atheists. I like how each chapter begins with a humorous little story before diving into the seriousness of this subject. A must read to help prepare oneself in dealing with a friend, co-worker, or stranger that claims to be an atheist. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. I also posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbooks, and Goodreads.
I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from this book, but I delved into it imagining I would become armed with ideas to counter atheist arguments. And, yes, this book definitely delivers on that.
One big take away from this book is that atheism is a religion itself with its own set of beliefs. I had never thought of it in that way, and as I was reading through this book, I began to think of atheists adhering to their “religion.” As much as they deny it, they can get away from the fact that they do indeed have a set of beliefs.
I enjoyed the stories that begin each chapter, and the humor used to make a point, although the alliteration got to be a bit much for me. I had to put the book down for a while and then go back to it. I would recommend this book to those who want to learn apologetics and haven’t read a great deal on the subject before.
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Since this is not my normal type book, it took me a long while to be motivated to read it - but I thought it was great once I cracked it open! I posted my review on Amazon, CBD, and goodreads.
This book, with such a serious topic, is just filled with humor! I laughed so frequently as I not only read the book, but even the title chapters! So, not only does the author fill the book with amusing antidotes, he also logically pokes holes in the atheist views in a very light-hearted, easy to read format. And I loved how he even mentioned Sheldon Cooper, a character on a television show!
As the back of the book states, “Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and above all, recognize lazy skepticism and bad arguments.” At one point he discusses the view that “religion poisons everything,” said by the late Christopher Hitchens in this book God Is Not Great. Bannister responds with, “In the minds of many atheists, there is a veritable barrowload of guilt that can be laid at the feet of religion: war, intolerance, hatred, sectarianism, violence, dissent, tribalism, bigotry – probably even halitosis.” He suggests that perhaps other things could be classified as poisonous as well – such as science. “Surely science is good and wonderful; after all it’s given us pacemakers, iPhones, space telescopes and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Well, yes. But science has also given us thalidomide, nuclear and chemical weapons, environmental pollution, and a host of other ills. Science is far from neutral.”
This book is out of my norm for reading but I really appreciated the author’s stories, observations, humor and then quotes from different atheists which Bannister then explains and refutes. I found this book to be fascinating and I highly recommend it. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
The Atheist Who Didn't Exist by Andy Bannister is a great book. I enjoyed the book on several levels. First the book is an easy read. It has a easy sense of humor that makes the logic easy to understand. As a Christian, I find it helpful to engage with non-Christians by knowing their various viewpoints. This book enunciates a variety of viewpoints and then helpfully shows why these particular arguments are not logical. Many people who are not Christians explain that their beliefs are based on science and/or fact. When face to face with the fact that their beliefs are not particularly logical and in fact take much more "faith" than Christianity, it causes them to re-assess their viewpoints and beliefs.
I am not trying to hurt non-Christians by pointing out the fallacies of their beliefs, but help them understand why Jesus is the only answer to any question. Mr. Bannister assists by taking various arguments to absurd extremes. It helps an average person understand why it takes more faith to believe some of the more common non-Christian beliefs. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether Christian or not. It is both an easy read and will make you re-think why you believe what you believe.
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