The Making of an Atheist by James Spiegel
How Immorality Leads to Unbelief

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The new atheists are on the warpath. They come armed with arguments to
show that belief in God is absurd and dangerous. In the name of societal progress,
they promote purging the world of all religious practice. And they claim that people
of faith are mentally ill. Some of the new atheists openly declare their hatred
for the Judeo-Christian God.

Christian apologists have been quick to respond
to the new atheists' arguments. But there is another dimension to the issue which
begs to be addressed--the root causes of atheism. Where do atheists come from? How
did such folks as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens
become such ardent atheists? If we are to believe them, their flight from faith
resulted from a dispassionate review of the evidence. Not enough rational grounds
for belief in God, they tell us. But is this the whole story?

Could it be
that their opposition to religious faith has more to do with passion than reason?
What if, in the end, evidence has little to do with how atheists arrive at their
anti-faith? That is precisely the claim in this book. Atheism is not at all a consequence
of intellectual doubts. These are mere symptoms of the root cause--moral rebellion.
For the atheist, the missing ingredient is not evidence but obedience.

psalmist declares, "The fool says in his heart there is no God" (Ps. 14:1), and
in the book of Romans, Paul makes it clear that lack of evidence is not the atheist's
problem. The Making of an Atheist confirms these biblical truths and describes
the moral and psychological dynamics involved in the abandonment of faith.

About James Spiegel

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JAMES S. SPIEGEL is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He has published several books, including The Benefits of Providence, Faith, Film, and Philosophy, Gum, Geckos, and God, and the award-winning How to be Good in a World Gone Bad. Jim and his wife, Amy, blog together at They have four children and live in Fairmount, Indiana.
Published January 21, 2010 by Moody Publishers. 144 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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For the record, one of the reasons I’m a fanboy of apologetics is that I am a former atheist and former Roman Catholic – and, of course, I like a good argument.

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