Why People Don't Believe

Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith

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What good is religion?

Religious faith is increasingly seen as dangerous and violent. The litany of allegations being brought against religion includes that it is the cause of intolerance, imperialism, irrationality, bigotry, and war, to name a few. How are Christians to respond?

In Why People Don't Believe, Paul Chamberlain honestly represents the challenges raised against religious faith and Christianity in particular. He deftly responds to these criticisms, evaluating whether they have merit, and outlines the many positive contributions Christianity has made to the world over the past two thousand years.

If you are troubled by today's headlines involving religious violence or if you're at a loss when it comes to responding to critics, you will find Why People Don't Believe a helpful and hopeful book.


"Excellent--on all counts. Chamberlain chooses the right seven challenges to faith, describes them clearly and fairly, responds carefully and rationally, and provides today's serious Christians with answers that will, at once, strengthen the faith of believers and refute the objections many non-Christians have toward placing their faith in Christ. I am especially impressed with the way he deals with so-called religiously motivated violence and with the charge that the biblical God himself is dreadfully immoral."--James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door

"The complaints of the New Atheists have attracted widespread media attention. Philosopher Paul Chamberlain addresses seven of the frontline issues that center on religion producing evil in our world. . . . But rather than superficial responses, he takes each complaint very seriously, so the reader experiences the 'crunch' of the atheist's objection. Chamberlain's responses are detailed, creative, and layered, responding from different angles, thereby building a formidable array of potential rejoinders. Whether it is the charge of religious violence, irrationality, anti-scientific attitudes, or biblical immorality, Chamberlain faces each one squarely. I enjoyed this book immensely; it belongs on the shelf of thinking readers who are concerned about these issues, whatever their viewpoint." --Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University & and Theological Seminary

"Paul Chamberlain has written an accessible analysis of the New Atheists' arguments. He adeptly exposes their philosophical weaknesses and flawed assumptions. Yet he also rightly challenges professing Christians--in matters of intellectual engagement and of moral and spiritual influence--not to contribute to the problem that helps fuel the fires of disbelief."--Paul Copan, professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University; and author of Is God a Moral Monster?

The Author

  1. Paul Chamberlain

    Paul Chamberlain

    Paul Chamberlain (PhD, Marquette University) is director of the Institute of Christian Apologetics and professor of apologetics, ethics, and philosophy of religion at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He has also served on the staff of Ravi...

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