THROWING SHANE TO THE LIONS!
or BEARDING THE LION IN HIS DEN!
ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADING ATHEISTS HEMANT MEHTA HAS AGREED TO POST AN EXCERPT FROM MY CHAPTER ONE ON HIS POPULAR BLOG "THE FRIENDLY ATHEIST." (My book THE END OF UNBELIEF is, in part, a pro-faith response to the God-Is-Dead arguments made by the New Atheists in their books The End of Faith, The God Delusion, etc.) Hemant and his many agnostic and atheist readers will, of course, try to tear it apart. I will be able to respond individually to their comments or post a general response. Chapter 1, by the way, is titled "An Agnostic Argues for Faith."
Hemant recently made news by trumpeting the theme on his website "God Is an Abusive Boyfriend (and You Should Break Off with Him)." The Washington Post reported that this offended many of his followers -- abused women who don't think abuse is a laughing matter. Hemant smilingly retracted, saying he had had great fun with the theme but would drop it. (His critics had no problem with ridiculing religious faith, as long as it's done in a politically correct way.)
My publisher, a Christian university press, was open-minded enough to not only agree to this unusual exchange of views on a hostile blog, but even to offer a few free copies of my book to blog responders, if Hemant thought that would stimulate interest. He said he would post my chapter soon. Generating discussion of the book is vital to its success -- and I must reach skeptics as well as believers. It's written to engage agnostics and atheists in a uniquely effective way. Stay tuned.
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