The website for Christian philosopher James Spiegel’s newest book, The Making of an Atheist, is now up here. I had the pleasure of editing this volume and I believe it will be a helpful resource – and probably a source of some controversy. Part of Spiegel’s aim is to make the case that
atheistic rejection of God is precipitated by immoral indulgences, usually combined with some deep psychological disturbances, such as a broken relationship with one’s father. I also show how atheists suffer from what I call “paradigm-induced blindness,” as their worldview inhibits their ability to recognize the reality of God manifest in creation.
For those in the Reformed tradition – especially in terms of Reformed or presuppositional apologetics – this analysis will sound familiar. For those who adopt a more evidential-oriented apologetics, this viewpoint may feel foreign or uncomfortable. However, most of us who are steeped in the evidential tradition have probably not taken non-rational factors seriously enough in dealing with disbelief. I came away from the book much more convinced that the will and psychological dispositions play as important a role in choosing to believe or disbelieve as rational factors.
The book doesn’t officially release for a couple of more weeks, but I would be interested in hearing responses and reviews from those who read it.