Monday, November 7, 2011
Book Review: Why People Don't Believe by Paul Chamberlain
Posted by Ben
Paul Chamberlain's Why People Don't Believe could be called an apologetics book, but the more accurate portrayal would be a theological treatise that defends Christianity. Chamberlain systematically dismantles several of Christianity's most well-known critics, offering not only rebuttals, but solutions to their questions.
Chamberlain spends a large amount of time on the topic of religion and violence. He refutes that religion is the cause of much of the violence in the world, instead pointing to political and cultural influences. He then moves on to the questions of the irrationality of belief in God, and whether or not Christianity is a hindrance to science. He finishes answering critics with a chapter on the morality of the Bible.
Chamberlain does a superb job of answering critics such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. The text is complex, as this is a theological work, but it never gets bogged down in trivial details. Chamberlain refuses to chase any rabbits, and the result is a fascinating read that shows ordinary Christiains the minds of neo-atheists.