The Atheist Who Didn't Exist

The Atheist Who Didn't Exist

The intention of this book is to reveal the vacuity of some of the more popular sound bites about the Christian faith, so that we can clear the space for a deeper and more honest discussion about the big questions of life....

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Title:The Atheist Who Didn't Exist
Author:Andy Bannister
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0857216104
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:238 pages pages

The Atheist Who Didn't Exist Reviews

  • Agata
    Sep 12, 2015
    What an enjoyable and informative read. Andy tackles some of the bad arguments against belief in God (that are so common in today's culture thanks to the New Atheist movement) in a humorous but still serious way. Some of them include: atheism isn't a belief system, all gods/religions a...
  • James
    Sep 11, 2015
    I like Christian apologetics book as much as the next guy which means not a whole lot. I do like the idea of them. A reasoned, rational defense of Christian truth is a great idea--something that answers questions and addresses difficulties can be very helpful. But let's be honest, most...
  • Debbie
    Jul 31, 2015
    "The Atheist Who Didn't Exist" is a Christian apologetics book. The purpose is to point out the problems with 'bad argument' sound bits for atheism so that Christians and Atheists can carry on a more thoughtful dialogue. The author took an atheist claim and rephrased it in another cont...
  • Rod
    Sep 18, 2015
    As Apologetic as this book is... I got to label it as a Comedy book ALSO - because this tale is pure comic gold. I'm surprised atheists like Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore don't/didn't realize how funny Atheism can be? (actually, those two may be the leaders in that bit of enl...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Sep 09, 2015
    When I saw this book had a forward by Ravi Zacharias I knew I wanted to read this, and was not disappointed. What a remarkable gift and talent Andy Bannister possesses, such a quick wit and enjoyable read. Each chapter contains a story and his points are filled with chuckles and humor...
  • Genni
    Nov 20, 2015
    Ths book was so much fun. It was not typical apologetics. He did not make a case for God, a young earth, etc, etc, but instead, takes on the soundbites of new atheism with humor, humor, and more humor (I recall no instances of ad hominem humor). In fact, the humor was almost distractin...
  • Yvonne Morris
    Jul 05, 2015
    The book is amusing. As an atheist this book didn't represent me because I never feel the need to have arguments, discussions or defend my being an Atheist. I'm proud to be an atheist and respectful of others of all faiths. ...
  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    Sep 09, 2015
    The Atheist Who Didn't Exist Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments By Andy Bannister The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is an intriguing and rather amusing look at the off the wall arguments that are used to justify personal beliefs. In the case of this book the arguments to ...
  • Peter
    Jun 11, 2017
    Disappointing, while there's much too richly critique in atheist arguments this book does it very badly. There's way to many straw men, far to much resort to goddidit, mildly funny in places, some good critique, way to biased though. Some is utter rubbish. ...
  • Bob Seidensticker
    Feb 17, 2017
    Bannister takes a deliberately lighthearted tone, but it comes across as condescending in many places. He attacks arguments with some condescension, which I don't really mind, but the mixture of "humor" and bile doesn't work. This is an entry-level book. The arguments are retread ar...
  • Bob
    Jan 10, 2018
    ?The Atheist Who Didn?t Exist? by Andy Bannister, is easy to read, easy to understand, is funny, entertaining & very informative. The book presents several pet arguments often used by the new atheists to call into question the existence of God, the deity of Christ etc. by usi...
  • Joan
    Sep 04, 2015
    This is an excellent book. Bannister does not attempt to prove that God exists. Rather, he looks at the arguments that He does not exist and tests their validity. He has us think through them, showing many to be absurd. He takes other arguments and turns them around or uses them in ano...
  • Chris
    Feb 14, 2016
    A fantastic book that is extremely readable, with strong logical arguments mixed with practical humour. This book is sensible and reasonable, and rips the rug out from under many common empty arguments against the Christian faith. Bannister is a level-headed person who tries to walk a ...
  • James
    Aug 12, 2017
    The book is interesting and shows a case can be made that much of the 'new Atheist' criticisms resolve into soundbites. The humour becomes very wearing and spoils the book as it overdone. The footnotes at times are for humorous value .Footnotes, in my opinion, should not be used in ...
  • Chuck
    Nov 21, 2015
    Evidence, schmevidence! How do we know we're not just dreaming? Andy Bannister does a good job of poking fun at several of the new atheists' arguments. He even offers some great rebuttals. However, I felt often his arguments were more about making us laugh, than convincing anyone th...
  • Barrie Lawrence
    Jan 27, 2016
    It's cool to be an atheist today, and aspiring militant atheists can read books by Hitchens, Dawkins et al, and slam their opponents with... But, hey, wait a minute! These books and arguments are not quite so convincing as some people think. In fact, they're full of holes. You don't th...
  • Jeffrey Backlin
    Sep 17, 2015
    This book, is if nothing else, hilarious; and that is no small point. Given our entertainment saturated, simple sound-bite thinking culture, this book might actually attract people to read an apologetic book. I would recommend this book also because it deals with the popular objections...
  • Tom James
    Jul 18, 2017
    A lively rebuttal of the common arguments used to defend atheism. Bannister begins each chapter with a parable to illustrate magnify the holes in the arguments for unbelief and then proceeds to demolish each one. Particularly satisfying is the chapter at the end that shows the internal...
  • David Westerveld
    Jul 17, 2015
    Sometimes the humor was a little overboard, but I really enjoyed this. Applying the logic to novel situations really helps show how absurd some of the logic used by New Atheism really is. ...
  • Tim
    Jul 27, 2017
    This book focuses on the arguments of the 'New Atheists', rather than broader criticisms of religion. But its still well worth a read as it points out flaws in some of the favourite sound bite attacks on religious belief popularised by the likes of Dawkins and Hitchens. Where Bannister...
  • Aaron
    Jul 15, 2015
    The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is a new book by Andy Bannister, Canadian Director of RZIM. It is a book which is intended to expose the logical fallacies in the arguments used by New Atheism. For those unfamiliar with New Atheism, it is a movement which arose around 2004 as a sort of ath...
  • Brit
    Jul 15, 2015
    This is an easy to read apologetics book. Arguments are taken to their logical conclusion with wit, humor and seriousness. ...
  • Rose
    May 15, 2015
    I really enjoyed this book. It's a great overview it some if the flaws in the arguments of the new Atheism movement, and its also a very accessible book to lend to friends who may be curious but not up to a full on academic style. Dr. Bannister makes his points well but with wit. My on...
  • Donnie
    Feb 15, 2017
    In the world (sometimes alternate universe) of apologetics, many good arguments are made but merely slip through the cracks of irrelevance due to disinterest, disengagement, and dog on unpopularity. On the other hand, if someone in Christendom makes a bad argument, it is immediately...
  • J.J. Richardson
    Jan 08, 2016
    This book is both hilarious in a British humor sort of way and hard hitting. It is respectful to atheists, yet challenges some of their most popular slogan arguments. ...
  • Thaddeus
    Aug 17, 2017
    This is probably one of the few books that I'd recommend you'd read just for the footnotes!! (They're hilarious!) Who says apologetics has to be dry and boring?!? Dr. Bannister's wit and sharp mind are a delight to read in his words... his arguments are compelling and thought-provokin...
  • Adam Preece
    Jul 31, 2015
    I had hoped this book would contain some real insights into some of the poor arguments seen between christian and atheist. It does do this but not in the way it intends! Straw-men abound regarding "atheism" (quotes intentional) so giving the impression that atheistic arguments are b...
  • Patrick Couch
    Jun 25, 2016
    Andy enjoys reading Pratchett and Adams. He has the same sense of humour, so I had to keep looking up his footnotes (e.g., "The English specialise in inventing sports and then getting beaten by the rest of the world in them. I like to think this displays not so much a lack of sporting ...
  • Richard Spear
    Feb 18, 2017
    Very funny and entertaining but thought provoking too. ...
  • Medo Sharaf
    Jan 03, 2018
    An excellent rebuttal to common atheist sound bites such as, "There probably is no God, Enjoy your life" and "Atheism is not faith based". Andy Bannister uses humor and sharp whit to deconstruct bad arguments. One method of doing so that I enjoyed greatly, was his use of humorous stori...