Is Atheism Dead? is an entertaining, impressively wide-ranging, and decidedly provocative answer to that famous 1966 TIME cover that itself provocatively asked “Is God Dead?” In a voice that is by turns witty, muscular, and poetic, Metaxas intentionally echoes C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton in cheerfully and logically making his astonishing case, along the way presenting breathtaking—and often withering—new evidence and arguments against the idea of a Creatorless universe. Taken all together, he shows atheism not merely to be implausible and intellectually sloppy, but now demonstrably ridiculous. Perhaps the only unanswered question on the subject is why we couldn’t see this sooner, and how embarrassed we should be about it.
Conservative radio host Eric Metaxas (Bonhoeffer) attempts to put a new spin on Nietzsche's classic question "Is God dead?" by suggesting the answer is an emphatic "No." Metaxas's argument boils down to three components: the "fine tuning" theory (a glorified rehashing of intelligent design), archaeological facts as proof of the Christian Bible, and a consideration of what he believes to be the failings of atheism as a whole. Metaxas does employ the proper awe at some of the scientific facts pointing to the existence of a God namely the stunning fact that if it the universe were lighter or denser by the mass of a single dime, life on Earth (as we know it) wouldn't be possible. However, there is an unfortunate righteousness in Metaxas's approach which undercuts the strength of his arguments. Between questioning the accuracy of the history of the Crusades and referring to Quakers as "violent and bloodthirsty" compared to other Christian groups, the book often wavers from suggesting the death of atheism\n to suggest the universe has one creator in the father of Jesus Christ (within the evangelical perspective). Even while posing a piquant question that yields abstract and profound answers, Metaxas is unable to get out of his own way. Those looking for an evenhanded treatment of the complex philosophical issues involved in echoing the existence of God should look elsewhere.