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The Atheist Who Didn't Exist

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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.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published July 27th 2015 by Monarch Books (first published July 17th 2015)
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Chuck Unfortunately, reason and logic is not the same thing as objective truth. What is reasonable and logical has become subjective opinion. "It's…moreUnfortunately, reason and logic is not the same thing as objective truth. What is reasonable and logical has become subjective opinion. "It's 'scientific' if I say it is and if you disagree, you are ignorant and self delusional."
It would nice if we could sit down and discuss these life changing matters over a caramel macchiato, but inevitably someone starts yelling.(less)

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Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
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 apologetic works suffer from some serious defects. A few are overly simple and don't really offer more than trite answers to tough questions. Some books are just dry and boring. Rare is an apologetics book that an ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 enlightenment). If nothing else, this offering proves Richard Dawkins has no sense of humor (or logical arguments for his cause).

The subtitle of Andy's book is the foundation:
"The Atheist Who Didn't Exist - OR: the Dread
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
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 distracting. Still, definitely worth reading.

Taking on the soundbites of "new atheism" limited the scope of the book. He did not address some of the more problematic topics of apologetics (evil, for example) very deeply. How
Jeffrey Backlin
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
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 of the New Atheists that many philosophical and rigorous works ignore (because they are so bad) such as: "We just believe in one less God than you ..." "We don't believe in fairies, santa, etc" ... or "Athiesm is ...more
Adam Preece
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 being refuted logically when in fact they're poor approximations which are not analogous. For example, the loch ness monster section is laughable and not comparable with the real world example. As far as I'm aware there
Patrick Couch
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 prowess as modesty; we like to give other nations a chance." "The origin of the specious"). Having said that, Bannister's analysis of the arguments presented by the "New Atheists" is really clear. I mean that. If y ...more
David Westerveld
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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 using silly, absurd fictitious stories the author demonstrates the absurdity of the new atheists argument, then systematically he establishes why the argument is poor & then presents a well laid argument to the contrary ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
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 justify not believing in God are examined. What can seem, on the surface, like a profoundly intelligent argument can in fact be a bunch of confusing word play.

Atheists don't believe God is dead, rather He never existed and t
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, especially atheists who think Dawkins is intelligent
Shelves: christianity
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 are the same, believing in God is like believing in Santa Claus, religion is a psychological crutch, religion poisons everything, science is the only way to know truth/reality, you can be good/moral without God, you ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 another setting to show they are not valid. Through all of this Bannister inserts some of his quirky humor. It serves the purpose to lighten up a bit this book on a serious subject. I recommend this book to atheists a ...more
Maureen Timerman
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 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. While not everyone enjoys this type humor his points are right on, and we all know that atheists would not exist without Christians.
I have always wanted some comeback to address people who attack my Christian fait
J.J. Richardson
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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-provoking... and the book is a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about apologetics to atheists, or is an atheist seeking a good introduction to the other side of the argument. If you enjoy some good ole cheeky Brit
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 atheistic fundamentalism and by most accounts appears to be waning in popularity. It was characterized by aggressive ad hominems, religious zeal and an unprecedented proselytizing.

In this book, Bannister counters the
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
"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 context so that it was easier to see how the argument held up. He started each chapter with a silly story that illustrated the argument in the new context, then he explained why it isn't a good argument.

I think he did
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
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 that he was correct. A talking penguin that makes up his own meaning for life is funny, but does little to truly illustrate that life is meaningless apart from God. That being said, the book was an enjoyable read and giv
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 only complaint is that this book took me longer to read than it should have because I had to stop to facepalmed every 2 mines because there were SO MANY ridiculous puns. And soooo mannny alliterations.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 middle road, not assuming anything simply because of his faith. A repeat read for sure!
Barrie Lawrence
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 think so? Then this is the book for you!
Yvonne Morris
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an easy to read apologetics book. Arguments are taken to their logical conclusion with wit, humor and seriousness.
Feb 15, 2017 added it
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 exposed by “to whom it may concern”. Atheists and Secularists are relentless in their efforts to deconstruct the Christian Faith. Our responsibility is to make not only convincing arguments but also sound and valid. A
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by a friend of mine.

I was kind of agnostic about the whole thing (the book, not God, although I tend agnostic there too), but the book was actually quite insightful. I believe there was one portion closer to the end that I didn't agree with, but for the most part it's a great critique—albeit a rather surface level one—of modern thought, I believe there is a chapter on Post-Modernism that I could barely get through a page without laughing pretty hard!

That said, that bein
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I'm not a Christian, and after reading this book... I'm still not a Christian.

Ive had this book on my backlog for a long time, and finally got around to it. I was told it was an interesting and a funny read... And, well... That's about right.

The book is mainly a refutation of many atheist sound bites and slogans, it doesn't go too in depth, but it provides some good food for thought. I don't think it refutes all the arguments it aims to, and some of the analogies he provides ar
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
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 is at his weakest is when trying to justify god's existence in general (basically the god of the gaps argument) and Christianity in particular (Christianity's features that distinguish it from other religions are ...more
Bob Seidensticker
Feb 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 arguments and won't give anything new to experienced readers of apologetics. He makes bold assertions (objective morality, objective meaning, and even that God exists) without backup.

If you're a Christian who wants a pat
Tom James
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians, atheists,
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 historical evidence for the truth of the New Testament. He employs humour and word play (particularly alliteration) so that the book is never dry. Indeed, there were several "laugh-out-loud" moments. While I do no ...more
Medo Sharaf
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 stories that expand and show the holes in the atheist arguments. Having said that, Andy does well to steer clear of straw man arguments as well as ad hominems and focuses his attack right at the heart of the arguments p ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
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Andy Bannister is an adjunct speaker with RZIM. Prior to working with Solas, Andy was director and lead apologist at the Canada office of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an and ...more
“If there is no God, then humankind is not designed, purposed, or planned: there is nothing we are intended to be. All that we hold dear, all of our dreams, ambitions, goals, and accomplishments are pure accidents of atoms. Furthermore, no matter how high we squirm up the greasy pole of existence, no matter how enlightened we become, all of it – the whole cathedral of human accomplishment – is destined to become no more than rubble, buried beneath the debris of the end of the universe: utterly ruined, pitch dark, cold as death, achingly alone.” 5 likes
“is there something that we are meant to be, or is a life spent playing computer games and eating pizza as valid as one spent fighting poverty or serving the cause of justice?” 2 likes
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