Several blogs have recently featured reviews or interviews with me about my book, The Making of an Atheist, including the blog of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Cloud of Witnesses and Exo Tays Parembolays.
So far, most responses to the book have been enthusiastically positive, though there have been some negative comments (from folks who have yet to read the book!), suggesting that I commit an ad hominem fallacy in claiming that atheism results from self-deception and immorality. This would be true if the point of my book was to argue that atheism is false. That’s not the book’s aim at all. Rather, my purpose is to give an explanatory accountof the origins of atheistic belief. That’s quite a different matter, and my account actually parallels the attempts of such atheists as Feuerbach and Freud to explain theistic belief. Atheists typically applaud their accounts and aren’t inclined to accuse them of ad hominem reasoning. Perhaps its too much to expect that they would show me the same courtesy.