Becky Garrison Outflanks the New Atheists

Over the past few days I have spent quite a bit of time working on my two web sites. By looking at them you probably wouldn’t know because most of the work was done behind the scenes. I have upgraded to WordPress 2.5 and have been installing a host of plug-ins that will supposedly make my life easier. We’ll see about that.

I have also provided myself with ample evidence that I’m a completely hopeless hack when it comes to web sites with my simple inability to upload files to the correct folders on my web sites. With sluggish satellite internet moving at roughly half the speed of DSL, it was a rough go. However, the sites are well on their way to being updated and hopefully you’ll notice some improvements here and there on the sites. Once I figure out how to make this theme “widget aware” I’ll be really cooking.

All that blogging babble aside, here’s what I’ve been up to:

On the Bed Side Table

Of course I haven’t spent all of my time uploading software and tweaking web sites. I’ve really dug into Christian satirist Becky Garrison’s book The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail. This is a book that really stands by itself, and I will review it soon, but it’s worth simply making a few introductory remarks up front.

First of all, Garrison fills a gaping void in Christian writing: smart, well-researched, well-written books that are accessible for a wide audience. This means that Garrison does not wield a PhD or shock the atheists with her incredible credentials. She is no doubt brilliant with an MDiv from Yale, and unlike many authors with a PhD and tenure track position, she can really, really write.

Secondly, you have to keep in mind that Garrison is a satirist who writes with a self-deprecating humor that dances around issues and talks about some pretty deep stuff with light and sometimes silly words. It’s a chatty style where you’ll read a quote from Alister McGrath in one moment and then launch into a light-hearted banter against the new atheists.

I guarantee you’ve never quite read a book like this.

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