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Intellectuals Don''t Need God is for people who are not convinced by the arguments of classical, rationalistic apologetics, for people who feel that Christianity must have a broader appeal that to reason alone if it is to be persuasive to non-Christians. Alister McGrath shows convincingly that reason is only one of many possible points of contact between the non-Christian and the gospel. In today''s world, nonrational concerns -- such as a sense that life lacks focus, an unconscious fear of death, a deep sense of longing for something unknown we don’t have but know we need -- are much more effective points of contact for apologetics. In this book, Dr. McGrath (who is both a theologian and a scientist with a Ph.D. in microbiology) combines the clarity of a brilliant scientific mind with a deep commitment to Christ and to reaching non-Christians. Intellectuals Don''t Need God is for anyone who has questions about the validity of Christianity as well as for students, pastors, and lay leaders. Anyone who works with students and young people especially needs to read this book. As McGrath says, "apologetics is not about winning arguments -- it is about bringing people to Christ."

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Intellectuals Don''t Need God is for people who are not convinced by the arguments of classical, rationalistic apologetics, for people who feel that Christianity must have a broader appeal that to reason alone if it is to be persuasive to non-Christians. Alister McGrath shows convincingly that reason is only one of many possible points of contact between the non-Christian and the gospel. In today''s world, nonrational concerns -- such as a sense that life lacks focus, an unconscious fear of death, a deep sense of longing for something unknown we don''t have but know we need -- are much more effective points of contact for apologetics. In this book, Dr. McGrath (who is both a theologian and a scientist with a Ph.D. in microbiology) combines the clarity of a brilliant scientific mind with a deep commitment to Christ and to reaching non-Christians. Intellectuals Don''t Need God is for anyone who has questions about the validity of Christianity as well as for students, pastors, and lay leaders. Anyone who works with students and young people especially needs to read this book. As McGrath says, ''apologetics is not about winning arguments -- it is about bringing people to Christ.''

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Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McGrath, a longtime professor at Oxford University, now holds the Chair in Science and Religion at Oxford. He is the author of several books on theology and apologetics, including Christianity''s Dangerous Idea and Mere Apologetics. He lives in Oxford, England and lectures regularly in the United States.

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S. Peek
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A Helpful Work On The Art of Christian Apologetics
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2015
''Intellectuals Don''t Need God And Other Modern Myths'' is a valuable addition to an apologetics library. It does not focus on the evidences of Christianity, although it does contain some of that. This book is more about how to interact with another person in an... See more
''Intellectuals Don''t Need God And Other Modern Myths'' is a valuable addition to an apologetics library.

It does not focus on the evidences of Christianity, although it does contain some of that. This book is more about how to interact with another person in an apologetics discussion. As the author states, ''The science of apologetics needs to be complemented by the art of apologetics." Written by Dr. Alister McGrath, one might expect more hard core science since McGrath has a doctorate in microbiology, but in this volume, he addresses the art side more.

Two things that Dr. McGrath really stresses are listening before responding and personalizing the approach to the individual. Both of these are very much needed. He compares apologists to physicians in that they both need to have a strong bedside manner or else their knowledge and skills in other areas will not be effective.

There are many very helpful areas in this book including the need to explore the presuppositions of the listener(s) and the need to use images, stories, etc., rather than just sticking with arguments, reason, etc.

Dr. McGrath does explore some of the arguments and evidences for Christianity, but these are not the main focus. For that reason, this would probably not be a great introductory apologetics work, but it is a very good one to supplement some others.
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John Hunter
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Intellectuals don''t need god.
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2014
I have always enjoyed Dr McGraths writings. His background is uniquely suited to engage in discussions involving science and religion. This work can be summed up by the last statement in his concluding remarks, that apologetics is not just about winning arguments, it is... See more
I have always enjoyed Dr McGraths writings. His background is uniquely suited to engage in discussions involving science and religion. This work can be summed up by the last statement in his concluding remarks, that apologetics is not just about winning arguments, it is about winning people. He give his views on the philosophy behind good apologetics, from both perspectives. I recommend this book as an addition to a well rounded library in the armamentarian of the apologist.
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Aaron Massey
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Another great work on apologetics!
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
So grateful for McGrath''s writing.
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Four thumbs up.
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2014
I read this for an apologetics class I was taking and left notes in the margins to re-read certain chapters later. McGrath presents issues and goes deep with answers. I enjoyed the clarity of his writing.
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Great exactly what was expected.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
Just what I was looking for
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Douglas I. Jordan
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Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2015
I am an avid Alister McGrath fan. His books are all vell thouht out and well written.
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Denis Osullivan
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I found useful ideas in this book
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2015
I found useful arguments that I can use in this very book. However, I found it a little too protestant. One important idea that was attributed to Calvin also appears in Aquinas.Author''s view of Scripture seems divorced from the Church that wrote it. History is too important... See more
I found useful arguments that I can use in this very book. However, I found it a little too protestant. One important idea that was attributed to Calvin also appears in Aquinas.Author''s view of Scripture seems divorced from the Church that wrote it. History is too important to be dismissed.
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This is a good book for those who want to pursue the path of the apologist.
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