Answering the New Atheists: How Science Points to God and to the Benefits of Christianity
by Anthony Walsh (Boise State University)
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"To say that Dr. Walsh covers a lot of ground is an understatement. He counters the “New Atheists” with evidence from physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, and theology. If Christianity is true, then it should provide us with a holistic understanding of reality. In addition, every discipline should provide signposts to God when considered fairly. Drawing from recent expert scholarship, Walsh does an admirable job showing that this is indeed the case.”
Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, Professor of Physics and Astrobiology, Ball State University
"Prof. Tony Walsh grounds this book in science but shows that science itself cannot aspire to answer the greatest questions of human origins or human destiny. Science specializes. It establishes the relationship between one thing and another thing. Science cannot talk about why one thing is related to another thing or where things come from or why things are the way they are. Proper scientists like Walsh recognize the limits of science as they relate its findings and ultimately acknowledge the dependence of science on philosophy or theology. Walsh provides precisely such a vision, showing how the big unanswered questions of physics, biology, sociology, and chemistry point to a creating God who intended to preserve life in this corner of the universe. Christian theism is the key that unlocks the mysterious door that science points to. All Christians should take comfort in Walsh’s analysis—science never proves as much as its narrowly-focused practitioners think and many of its conclusions, properly understood, point to the fact that the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork."
Scott Yenor, Professor of Political Science, Boise State University
In the face of increasing attacks on Christianity by militant new atheists, Christians should be able to robustly defend their beliefs in the language spoken by Christianity’s detractors—science. Atheists claim that science and religion are incompatible and in constant conflict, but this book argues that this is assuredly not true. In order to rebut the polemic agenda of the new atheists who want God banned from the public square, this book engages with the physical and natural sciences, social science, philosophy, and history. It shows that evidence from these diverse disciplines constitutes clear signposts to God and the benefits of Christianity for societies, families, and individuals.
Answering the New Atheists begins by examining what new atheism is, before demolishing its claim that Christianity is harmful by showing the many benefits it has for freedom and democracy, morality, longevity, and physical and mental health. Many historians of science contend that science was given its impetus by the Christian principle that a rational God wants us to discover his fingerprints on nature. Thus, in subsequent chapters, Walsh presents a well-informed and philosophical-based analysis of the Big Bang and cosmic fine-tuning, the unimaginable improbability of factors that make this planet habitable, and the multiverse often called the “last refuge of the desperate atheist.” Interdisciplinary in its approach, this book adeptly explores the very problematic issues of the origin and evolution of life that have forced many top-rate scientists including Nobel Prize winners, who have thought deeply about the philosophical meaning of their work, to accept God as the Creator of everything.
Chapter 1 Science Points the Way to God
Chapter 2 Christianity, Rationality, and Militant New Atheism
Chapter 3 Christianity, Atheism, and Morality
Chapter 4 Christianity, Western Democracy, and Cultural Marxism
Chapter 5 The Big Bang and Fine Tuning of the Universe
Chapter 6 Earth: The Privileged Planet
Chapter 7 Cosmological Fine-Tuning and the Multiverse
Chapter 8 Abiogenesis: The Search for the Origin of Life
Chapter 9 Cracks in Neo-Darwinism: Micro is not Macro
Chapter 10 Answering the Tough Questions: God of the Gaps, Free-Will and the Problem of Evil
Anthony Walsh has worked in academia for 35 years, during which time he has published 38 books and over 150 articles and book chapters. The topics covered range from multiple sclerosis patients to psychopathy, hypertension to hermaphrodites, religious freedom to prisons, ideology in criminology to ideology in physics, and the neurobiology of criminal behavior to the neurochemistry of love.
Big Bang, Abiogenesis, cosmic fine-tuning, multiverse, macroevolution, apologetics, free will, evil