If you matched ‘atheism’ and ‘reason’ and put together ‘Christian’ and ‘faith’, then you’ve been influenced by the New Atheist movement. But what if these associations are the result of a PR campaign – and not supported by a careful look at the facts?
In True Reason, we firmly but graciously challenge the ‘common sense’ wisdom of our day with a diverse set of reasoned arguments. The two major points are these:
- Atheists claim to represent reason, but atheism actually leads away from reason and leading atheists reason poorly.
- Christianity promotes true reason and does so in a reasonable way.
Instead of launching another polemical volley in the culture wars, our goal was to write in a way that invited conversation, challenged assumptions, and opened up new questions for consideration. My hope is that you will find this to be a provocative, accessible, and encouraging book for discussions with friends from many different backgrounds and perspectives.
Two years after the initial release of True Reason as an ebook, we have had the opportunity to thoroughly edit and revise the first edition. Even better, the new paperback version includes two additional chapters. One is by Dr. Tim McGrew and Dr. David Marshall on “Faith and Reason in Historical Perspective.” The other is by Lenny Esposito, the President of Come Reason Ministries, who contributed an essay on “Atheism and The Argument from Reason.” In addition to the foreword and epilogue, True Reason includes eighteen chapters. I believe you’ll be getting a lot of value out of this resource.
True Reason also includes articles on some very pressing issues: Christianity and science, the problem of evil, the reliability of the gospels, the Canaanite ‘genocide,’ and the historical legacy of Christianity and slavery. The book includes recent scholarship and significant lines of argument on each of these challenging topics. If the Christian faith is a reasonable one, it must be a worldview that can respond well to these objections.
True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism is now available for sale at many local bookstores and Amazon.com. Please buy a copy today and share the news with your friends!
P.S. Here are some of the endorsements for True Reason:
“For my whole Christian life I’ve been saying, ‘My heart cannot rejoice in what my mind rejects.’ Today’s New Atheists seem to be saying something like that: that we should only believe what’s within the bounds of evidence and sound reason. For them, that means we should choose atheism, but in reality nothing could be further from the truth. True Reason explains clearly and deeply how New Atheists have both missed and misunderstood the evidence that exists, and why Christianity is by far the better choice for the thinking mind and worshiping heart.”
—Josh McDowell, Author and Speaker
“With a clear message and respectful tone, True Reason challenges and convincingly refutes the claim of the New Atheists to own reason. The contributors persuasively argue from history, science, and philosophy that the Christian worldview is not only reasonable in itself but also provides the necessary founda- tion for reason. If you love reason, True Reason explains why Christianity is the best worldview for you.”
—Michael Licona, PhD, Associate Professor in Theology, Houston Baptist University, Author of The Resurrection of Jesus
“More than a year before he joined our staff, Tom Gilson came alongside Ratio Christi to help lead dozens of students to the atheist Reason Rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC. They entered a modern-day ‘lions’ den’ to share Christ’s love and truth, giving away bottles of water and excerpts from True Reason’s first edition. Armed with logic and True Reason, these students engaged in conversation with anyone who would listen. It was a turning point in the growth of Ratio Christi. This book explains the clear difference between the weak thinking represented by the atheists at the Reason Rally, and the strong reasoning accessible through biblically informed thinking.”
—Rick Schenker, President, Ratio Christi, student apologetics alliance
“New Atheists have tried to co-opt the word reason to describe their hypotheses. Just a few years ago there was even a reported move to refer to atheists as “Brights”! But Tom Gilson asserts that, ‘Reason is the New Atheists’ weakness, not their strength.’ The essays in this volume, coedited by Gilson with Carson Weitnauer, show why the atheists’ ideas are not at all reasonable, whereas Christian beliefs do indeed deserve this description. If the press clippings of the New Atheists bother you, you may acquire some ammunition in the pages of this text.”
—Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and Chair, Department of Philosophy
“Numerous books have recently been released in response to the rising influence of agnosticism and atheism. But as attacks on theism and religious freedom have grown, the world of Christian apologetics has truly come into its own. I know of no brighter expression of this than True Reason, featuring essays by a number of notable apologists. David Marshall’s response to John Loftus (an atheist hero in some circles) is worth the cover price alone. The same could be said for David Wood’s chapter critiquing the explanatory power of naturalism. I applaud the release of True Reason—a compendium of fresh scholarship from contributors who are on the front line of apologetics today.”
—Alex McFarland, Director, The Center for Apologetics and Christian Worldview, North Greenville University, South Carolina
“The New Atheists claim the high road of reason, yet for all their bluster about rationality, careful, balanced, logically valid thinking has not been their strong suit. True Reason, by contrast, genuinely lives up to its title, and so much more. It takes on the stoutest challenges from the most notable voices on the other side and systematically dismantles them, yet with a grace, respect, and even-handedness rarely seen from their intellectual opposition.”
—Gregory Koukl, President of Stand to Reason (str.org), author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions and Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air
“Another important work in the growing list of books rebutting the New Atheism, True Reason is a refreshing, crisply argued critique of this movement’s frequently ill-informed and ungrounded assertions about science, faith, and reason.”
—Paul Copan, co-editor of Contending with Christianity’s Critics and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida