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The Atheist Who Didn't Exist - Or: The Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments - by Andy Bannister

(Lion Hudson, £8.99, 238 pages)

What a refreshing read! Dr Andy Bannister is the Canadian Director for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), and he's put together a punchy, intelligent, witty book that takes on many of the arguments current in popular atheism, and dismantles them with insight and good humour.

The great skill of this book is that it deals with weighty philosophical ideas and outlooks in a way that helps readers unfamiliar with them to understand what they're saying, as well as probing some of the common atheist arguments that simply don't hold water.

Andy is a bright and engaging writer, and it's an easy to read book. He does make hefty use of footnotes, which can occasionally interrupt the flow, and the book is stuffed with British cultural references that might pass non-British readers by, but for many on his cultural wavelength it certainly is as Adrian Plass describes it "a positive whoosh of fresh air".

The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is a handy book for equipping Christians with ways of engaging with their atheist and agnostic friends, and would also work as a book to give an open-minded non-believer. Buy it.

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