The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

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When Richard Dawkins published 'The God Delusion', David Robertson wanted there to be an intelligent Christian response. After some ill thought through interventions in the media it was obvious that no one was really going to answer the real issues so David Robertson wrote an open letter to Richard Dawkins on his church website. This has found its way into Richard Dawkins website, where it generated the largest response of any posting up to that time. Since then it has been the source of continued discussion - being a critical part of the largest discussion since that time as his book was officially reviewed on the website.


This ferocity of the responses and the shallowness of the thinking that it exhibited, spurred David to write this book. Christians need to know where Dawkins is weak and we need to explain things better! It draws upon David's experience as a debater, letter writer, pastor and author.


This is a very honest book. It agrees with Dawkins where appropiate but also does not hesitate to point out where some of his thinking does not hold together - It is written in a gentle spirit of enquiry.


If you want ideas and answers to the challenges of 'The God Delusion' then Dawkins Letters is the place to find your answers!

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"The content is excellent. It's a fun, engaging read that seeks to be as charitable as possible (with an obviously virulent opponent) while not shrinking back from pointing out and exposing the fallacious, emotional, and often-childish arguments constantly employed by Dawkins." (Ligon Duncan ~ Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary)

Note from the author The poster, 'richarddawkins.net' (is this an official view?) accuses me of lying and gives the example of the quotes on the cover of the book having been made up. From a Christian perspective this accusation of lying by either myself or CFP is very serious. Lying for Jesus is obviously self contradictory and wrong. The example that the poster gives is just wrong. All the quotes came from the Dawkins website, were seen by many people, and I have copies of them all. However over 300 posts were removed from that particular thread - including many of my own posts and all the ones referred to in the book. Perhaps it was just a coincidence but whatever the case those quotes did exist. If the poster is writing on behalf of richarddawkins.net, they know this and therefore are themselves not telling the truth. It is not the first time that a lie is told in order to accuse others of lying. It is very strange that richarddawkins.net are so keen to accuse me of lying, it indicates a certain level of desperation. They are struggling to answer 'The Dawkins Letters' and so have to revert to attacking the author. (David Robertson ~ Pastor, St Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee & Associate Director of SOLAS, Centre for Public Christianity)

"The shortest, the cheapest and in some ways the sharpest book is The Dawkins Letters (Christian Focus, £4.99) by David Robertson. David, Free Kirk minister in Dundee, writes ten letters to Dawkins, and they are clever, humourous and right to the point." (Ron Ferguson, Life & Work, Church of Scotland magazine)

"This book is a refreshing, excellent read...I wouldn't hesitate to pass this book on to a non-Christian, atheistically-persuaded friend." (Hannah Wooley, Evangelical Magazine, Evangelical Movement of Wales)

No preacher or church leader should be without this remarkable book. Arch-atheist Professor Richard Dawkins is campaigning to banish religion in general and Christianity in particular from our schools, government and all significant areas of public life. Dawkins' big idea is that Christianity does more harm than good and he's aggressively campaigning on both sides of the Atlantic. He won't succeed but he will do a great deal of damage as his poisonous lies permeate Western culture. David Robertson has written a brief, brilliant and compelling rebuff to Dawkins' latest book, ‘The God Delusion'. It is a remarkable apologetic for the Christian faith and an essential tool in winning the battle of ideas. I'd give it ten stars if I could! (Richard Morris, Wesley Owen)

This book is a more than useful contribution to the ‘Dawkins Debate' and one which has helped me to understand more about the flawed arguments contained within ‘The God Delusion'. The book comprises a series of ten letters to Dawkins, the first of which was published on Dawkins' own website, which counter the arguments in Dawkins' book chapter by chapter. Robertson is clearly well-read and marshals his arguments in a balanced and intellectually sound way. But this is not an inaccessible academic treatise; he writes clearly and understandably in such a way that most people will be able to grasp the arguments easily. He avoids the temptation to ‘rubbish' Dawkins, just dismantles and challenges his arguments frankly and cohesively. The final letter (to the reader) "Why Believe", contains a very useful and extensive reading list which most will never get to read in entirety but is helpful to have. (Clem Jackson, Editor, Christian Marketplace)

Comment about the initial 'Letter' that appeared on Richard Dawkins website and which prompted the writing of the book "Wow, this is an intelligent and well-crafted view of RD's book." (Response from an atheist on Richard Dawkins Website)

"...probably the book's greatest triumph is that it doesn't come across as being a knee-jerk polemic right back at Dawkins, but rather a book that deals with bigger atheist arguments (myths) and as such has more value than just for the next few months." (Gary Aston, Youth Pastor, England)

"I have read your manuscript. In a word, it is SUPERB! You really do an extraordinary job." (Samuel Logan ~ International Director, World Reformed Fellowship)

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