Then his introduction makes this point even more clearly. He is writing in response to the New Atheism, but his goal is not to respond to their various arguments (others have done so and these arguments are nothing new). Instead he states:
"I want to show that atheism is not ultimately about arguments and evidence." (10)The New Atheism, Spiegel notes, “is little more than moral rebellion cloaked in academic regalia” (16).
"Atheism is not at all a consequence of intellectual doubts. Such doubts are mere symptoms of the root cause- moral rebellion. For the atheist, the missing ingredient is not evidence but obedience." (11)
Of course Spiegel is not the first to diagnose this moral cause of unbelief. He stands in an honored line of philosophers and theologians, and it is refreshing to see this truth clearly and boldly stated today.
I am excited to read the rest of the book and invite you to join me.