John Shook's The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and everyone in between) is a stunning addition to the sometimes highly volatile contemporary arguments over God that are so prominent. The author takes a serious in-depth look at just about every argument used by apologists of religion (particularly Christian) and teases them apart, describing how they are constructed, and uncovering the many flaws that make them ineffective.
Shook categorizes arguments for God in the following way:
- Theology from the scripture - arguments for God based on special revelation and apologetics
- Theology from the world - arguments for God derived from the natural world, morality, human experience, and human analogy
- Theology beyond the world - cosmological arguments, teleological arguments, and arguments from the laws of nature
- Theology in the know - Reformed epistemology, foundationalism
- Theology into the myst - arguments based in mysticism, relativism, existentialism, and scriptural interpretation