The New Atheists and their Critics: A Bibliography

by Luke Muehlhauser on October 15, 2009 in Criticism of Atheists,Resources

Please comment with suggestions and additions. I will keep this page updated. Only books and scholarly articles are listed.

Ordered by publication date. Use Ctrl+F to search by name or title.

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Chuck October 15, 2009 at 6:42 am

The End of Reason … what a title … *shakes head*


Jeremy Killian October 15, 2009 at 6:53 am

The Last Superstition by Edward Feser should be added to the list.


MC October 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

A mutual project!

Here is my list that I’ve been compiling for about a year now and I’ve omitted those that you’ve already cataloged above.

(Note: some of these books listed below are included because (1) they dedicate (a) chapter(s) to “refuting” the “New Atheists” (e.g. Varghese, Strobel, and Mooney/Kirshenbaum) and/or (2) whose publication was/is strongly motivated by the “New Atheism”… So, pardon their inclusion if you believe that books whose sole purpose is addressing the “New Atheists” are to be added to the list above and feel free to pick and choose which books below deserve to be added to your bibliography. Also, some are pathetic self-publications and/or e-books which probably don’t deserve inclusion. Pardon any repeats).


“God Is Great, God Is Good” by William Lane Craig

“What’s So Great About Christianity” by Dinesh D’Souza

“Knowing Christ: A Guide for Today’s Disciples” by Dallas Willard

“Why Faith Matters: God and the New Atheism” by David J. Wolpe

“The Richard Dawkins Delusion” by Daniel Keeran

“I Don’t Believe in Atheists” by Chris Hedges

“No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers” by Michael Novak

“Conversations With An Atheist: The Good News of God’s Plan of Salvation For Mankind” by Janina Balabat

“There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind” by Roy Abraham Varghese and Bob Hostetler

“Atheism Is False: Richard Dawkins And The Improbability Of God Delusion” by David Reuben Stone

“The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism” by Timothy Keller

“A Catholic Replies to Professor Dawkins” by Thomas Crean

“The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ” by Lee Strobel

“God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?” by John Lennox

“The Ipod Tutor: The Argument Against Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion’” by “The Intelligent Community”

“Darwin’s Angel: An Angelic Riposte to “The God Delusion” by John Cornwell

“God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists: Proof that the Atheist Doesn’t Exist” by Ray Comfort

“The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism” by Edward Feser

“The Deluded Atheist: A Response to Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion” by Douglas Wilson

“God Is. How Christianity Explains Everything” by Douglas Wilson

“Contending with Christianity’s Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors” by Paul Copan and William Lane Craig

“Patience With God – Faith For People Who Don’t Like Religion (Or Atheism)” by Frank Schaffer (Author)

“Why Faith Matters” by David J. Wolpe

“Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins” by Keith Ward

“A Case for the Existence of God” by Dean L. Overman

“Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies” by David Bentley Hart

“When Atheism Becomes Religion: America’s New Fundamentalists” by Chris Hedges

“Dawkins’ GOD: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life” by Alister McGrath

“Is Religion Dangerous?” by Keith Ward

“The New Atheism: Ten Arguments That Don’t Hold Water” by Michael Poole

“A Reasonable God: Engaging the New Face of Atheism” by Gregory E. Ganssle

“An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity is Better Off with Religion Than Without It” by Bruce Sheiman

“Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future” by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum

“Atheist Personality Disorder: Addressing A Distorted Mindset” by Fr. John J. Pasquini

As much as I think this man is an embarrassment to atheists, I’d include David Mills’ Atheist Universe, which sold considerably well on the back of The God Delusion.



lukeprog October 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Excellent work, MC!


James October 15, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Wow – it looks like 2007 and 2008 were the years of book-length responses to the new atheism. Damn. Which ones have you read?


James October 15, 2009 at 7:37 pm

How about “Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam” by Michel Onfray (Paperback – Jan 16, 2008)?


lukeprog October 15, 2009 at 8:10 pm


Yeah, I dunno whether or not to consider Onfray a member of the New Atheists club. He has a very different view of science and society than the primary New Atheists.


Bruce Sheiman October 16, 2009 at 10:12 am

Please add my book: “An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with Religion than without It”

Bruce Sheiman


MC October 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm

To be added:

“An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity is Better Off with Religion than without It” by Bruce Sheiman


“It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian” by Samir Selmanovic

[EDIT: I just was Bruce Sheiman's post just above mine, so pardon the redundancy.]


Rups900 October 18, 2009 at 4:05 am

Hey Luke,

You’ll want to add

“Dawkins’ godless delusion” by J. Angelo Corlett in Int J Philos Relig (2009) 65:125–138




Dan Alighieri October 19, 2009 at 2:08 am

How about ‘Evolution as a Religion: Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears’ or the not as good ‘The Myths We Live By’ by Mary Midgley


Matt K October 19, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I didn’t see Terry Eagleton’s excellent new book on your list, or on any of the comments: _Reason, Faith, and Revolution_. Published the same day as David Bentley Hart’s book, and also by Yale UP.


David Marshall October 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Great list! That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a list of great books, but I think some of them are pretty good — not to mention my own. (9th from top.)

Observing the New Atheism emerge has been a bit like watching plants and animals colonize a new miniature ecosystem, compete, chew on one another, diversify, and compete for resources. I feel like the little mammal running around among all the massive dinosaurs — an exciting romp through an interesting playground, his brain still too small to be intimidated, and with bright prospects in view.

I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of your blog, BTW. Honesty doesn’t always seem to be one of the qualities “selected for” in this jungle, so it’s refreshing to come across so large a patch of it under these cyber-palms.


lukeprog November 7, 2009 at 9:00 am


I finally got around to uploading “Dawkins’ Godless Delusion.”


Moe November 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Sam Harris and the End of Faith: A Muslim’s Critical Response is excellent for those who are open-minded. For those who are not, it is still an excellent book — very fair.


lukeprog November 22, 2009 at 6:35 pm


That book is already on the list.


Arizona Atheist June 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

A book I don’t see listed is called “The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief,” by James S. Spiegel. I’ve read it and it’s poorly argued. I’ve even written a refutation of it (as well as other books on your list).


lukeprog June 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Arizona Atheist,

In fact, I interviewed Spiegel for my show. :)


Arizona Atheist August 13, 2010 at 5:22 am

Yes, I listened to that one. It was a very interesting discussion. I tried to have a discussion with him on his blog but he hasn’t responded in a few months. Shame. I was really looking forward to seeing if he could back up what he argues.


George Williamson August 22, 2010 at 6:51 am

Hey, here’s something that maybe belongs on your list. I wondered where the term ‘New Atheism’ originated, and when I went looking, here’s where I arrived:

Robert Morey, The New Atheism and the Erosion of Freedom (1986)

Of course, this is very much before the publishing phenomenon we know and love, and Morey has the culture of the 60s and 70s in mind.

But then, from what I have seen (excerpts on the web), it is the same old arguments reiterated by contemporary New Atheist critics.


lukeprog August 22, 2010 at 7:50 am


I wrote a post on that book back here.


George Williamson August 27, 2010 at 7:53 am

Ah, bravo, erm … lukeprog. I just had a look at your other post. I have only been able to get a brief look at the Morey book, but it does look like it could have been written last year, about the new New Atheists.


Rups900 August 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Found a new article Luke:

Vincent Brümmer, “Dawkins’ Religion”, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie. Volume 52, Issue 2, Pages 177–192

(Try pronouncing that one!)


Rups900 August 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Oh yeah and don’t know if it counts but Swinburne has written a reply found here:


lukeprog August 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Thanks Rups900!


Adam Sanchez December 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm

David Adams Richards, God Is: My Search for Faith in a Secular World, 2009.


Arizona Atheist January 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

This is long overdue but I came across this post again and was reading the comments. Then I found George Williamson’s comment about the origin of the term new atheism. I think the term goes back even farther. 20 years farther. I have a book from 1966 titled “Whose God is Dead? The Challenge of the New Atheism,” by David H.C. Read.


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