In their books, their websites, and their debates—and often on this blog—they’ve shown that they aren’t very good at it.
There’s a better place to discover True Reason.
Today I’m happy to the publication of True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism. Thirteen authors have teamed up to discuss what the New Atheists mean by reason, where they succeed at it, and how much more reasonable Christianity is at its best than the New Atheism is at its best.
Early reviews have been most encouraging. Speaker/author John Stonestreet says, “Reasonable people will take this content seriously,” and Tim McGrew, philosophy professor at Western Michigan University adds, “Anyone who engages with these arguments thoughtfully will discover that it is surprisingly difficult to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”
The story of this book begins very early on Christmas Eve, 2011. I was lying awake in bed, for some reason thinking about the atheists’ upcoming Reason Rally, wondering how it was that they think they could claim the brand of reason for themselves. On this blog, in their debates, in their published work, what I keep encountering among atheists is a limited understanding of reason, and a surprising lack of competence where it counts the most.
Sam Harris is a great example. Reading through his material you find that for him, reason equates with (1) not believing what can’t be demonstrated by observable evidence, and (2) treating one another reasonably. He says almost nothing (a little, but not much) about the crucial underlying foundation of reason: the ability to connect one thought to the next, starting from evidence and/or premises, and come to a valid conclusion. Not only does he say little about it, but as I say in chapter five of the book, he doesn’t practice it at all well.
That’s the kind of thing I was thinking about that morning. Someone needs to write a book, I thought. Then I realized, I know a lot of someones who could do that. I contacted them, and a dozen of them joined with me. Today, exactly 80 days after it was first conceived, the book is available for you to purchase.
The short time frame meant we couldn’t produce it in a print version yet, but you don’t need a Kindle or a Nook to read it; you can use free software to read it on your computer.
We have priced this ebook so that you can afford it. Buy it now for $2.99, and be one of the first to discover True Reason!
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