Michael Bradley reviews Michael Augros’s new book Who Designed the Designer? A Rediscovered Path to God’s Existence (Ignatius, 2015) and emphasizes its unique strengths in responding to the new atheism:
What makes Who Designed the Designer? special?
Augros takes aim at new atheism and its horses, including one of its revered ancestors, Bertrand Russell, and in so doing synthesizes his argument’s philosophical potency with strong responses to the new atheists’ cultural and aesthetic arguments as well, and so responds to an uncommonly broad array of objections. This innovative combination makes the book essential reading for contemporary people of faith interested in religious philosophy and the relationship between faith and culture.
The book is also highly accessible. Augros writes clearly and for the non-philosopher. He compiles in an appendix every single argument he makes in the book, in its deductive form, stripped of anecdotes and examples, providing an excellent summary.
Who Designed the Designer? is important and rewarding reading for honest participants in society’s shrill discussion of belief and atheism, and science and metaphysics. Accessible and enjoyable yet rigorous, manageable (244 pages) yet challenging, it has the potential to instill fresh confidence in reason’s ability to dethrone new atheism and prove the reality of the divine mind.
Read the entire review on the Ethika Politika website.