Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In Store Now - The Making of an Atheist

I just finished reading my friend's (Paul) post and then this book came in the store and a light bulb came on.  His post made reference to the author of this new book from Moody Publishers: The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief.  It also reminded me a similar recent post by Mike Wittmer which said "everyone who rejects God does so for ethical rather than intellectual reasons."  This is a daring thesis but one which I think has considerable Biblical support. 

On the back cover we read:
"Atheists may insist that their unbelief is the result of impartial reasoning and an unbiased look at the evidence.  but what if these arguments were a smokescreen--an exercise in self-deception?  What if atheists' will and moral compass were more responsible for their anti-theism?" 
"Drawing on Scripture, psychology, philosophy, and case studies of the lives of famous atheists, Spiegel shows that atheism is suppression of mankind's inborn sense of God's existence.  Such anti-faith springs from moral rebellion against God's ethical standards, and often the psychological trauma of missing or defective father."
"Most of the work done today in response to atheism focuses on intellectual issues.  James Spiegel has crafted a clear, crisp, compelling case that there are nonrational moral and psychological dynamics that lead to unbelief.  Rooted in Scripture and argued with the precision of a trained philosopher, this powerful book is a must read for theists and atheists alike!"  Chad Meister, Bethel College school of religion and philosophy, coeditor of God is Great, God is Good

James F. Spiegel is a professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.  The book is a paperback with 141 pages and sells for $12.99. 


Paul said...

Jim Spiegel's post, which I commend on my blog really got my attention. It adds a dimension that I, to my detriment, rarely think about, namely, we live not only from the inside out but from the outside in. The bearing that our behavior may have upon our cognitive skills and our beliefs is rich and deserves much reflection.

The quote: "atheism is suppression of mankind's inborn sense of God's existence" clearly aligns with Romans 1. Moreover, I need to spend some time with Romans 1 and see what causal relationships are involved (e.g., are "darkened foolish hearts" a result of wrong thinking about who God is, or was wrong thinking about God a result of worshipping the creation rather than the Creator? Or maybe there's a symbiotic relationship whereby both behavior and beliefs bear upon one another?). Much to muse on here.

Louis said...


I was so intrigued by it that I brought it home last night and read it (only took a couple of hours). I plan on doing a review in the next couple of days.

Paul said...

Have it on my Amazon wish list. Awaiting your review!