REVIEW: “Inside the Atheist Mind” by Anthony DeStefano
This is a review of the book Inside the Atheist Mind by Anthony DeStefano.
I spend a lot of my time reading faith-based books. But most of those books do not deal with apologetics as much as they deal with culture, theology, or self-help. Reading Inside the Atheist Mind was out of my normal sphere of reading material; there were some things I enjoyed about the book, but there were other things I did not.
From the beginning, DeStefano does not mix words or intentions. He states up front that he is not intending to persuade anyone to believe in God. He instead acknowledges that the only project of this book is to point out all the logical flaws in the new atheists, and do so in a way that comes across as bullying because someone has to step up to the bully. From there, DeStefano lays out a case that (spoiler) the new atheist’s mentality unavoidably leads to death and hopeless with a lack of any sort of morality and goodness.
While this book is well written, there were some parts I walked away from with a feeling like writer’s tone was used to take the place of substance. In taking the stance of the Christian bully, there were a few points where I felt like perhaps DeStefano was making broad generalizations and jumping to conclusions that perhaps his readers needed (self included) to see how he was making the connections. There were a couple of points where one couldn’t say he let his “evidence” do the talking.
Overall, “Inside the Atheist Mind” is an okay book. It isn’t doing anything brand new or fresh. If the potential reader has read any other of this genre of book (Evidence that Demands a Verdict or I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, for example), then he or she is familiar with a lot of the content already. Still, as a break from my normal reading choices, it engaged me. And isn’t that an important characteristic of a book?
I received my book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to write a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.