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Does God Exist? A Fictionalized Debate on an Age-Old Question
by Michael McKinney. Michael McKinney, (Independently published) © 2017,
Kindle $3.99, Paperback $6,00, 100 pages, ISBN-13: 9781549656460
Many times we are given a picture of atheist arguments that are easy to refute. But, unfortunately, those do not represent most of the arguments we hear from atheists, especially on college campuses. In this book, Michael McKinney has put forth the atheist agenda on an intellectual level by postulating a debate on the existence of God on a fictitious campus called Wellington University. The book presents the atheist as a Ph.D. professor in marine evolutionary biology, and the Christian is a well-educated but unemployed theology student.
The atheist position is well presented, including everything from the unnecessary nature of religious belief to the problem of God allowing the pandemic and massive suffering of innocent people. The atheist advances the superiority of scientific explanations over religious explanations. The fictional believer in this book accepts evolutionary theory and just touches cosmological arguments for God's existence, but the answers to the atheist's arguments are excellent. The believer's position is more defensive than offensive, but that is a helpful approach, especially for people challenged by atheist arguments.
The Does God Exist? ministry deals with evidence. Our approach is to examine the positive evidence for God and the scientific support for believing that what we see cannot be the product of blind chance. This book deals more with philosophical problems that atheists face and the benefits of belief in God.
We recommend this book. You may disagree with the endorsement of evolutionary theory, but we have pointed out that evolution assumes creation. Evolution takes that creation and tries to explain how changes happened in living matter once it reached a certain level of complexity. It has nothing to do with the existence of God. Knowing how to answer an atheist professor's arguments is essential for young college students, and this book does a good job of that.