Walk into any Border's Bookstore and you'll see Richard Dawkin's latest book The God Delusion somewhere amongst the Top 10 non-fiction books. Dawkins is one of the world's leading and most outspoken atheists. He believes that religion and the belief in God are the source of most of the world's evil and that we'd all be better off without it. In this book he emphatically states - "If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down."
Mature Christians can benefit from reading such books - simply to be aware of those who differ from how we think and also to be equipped to talk with people around us who may be reading this kind of material.
There are some good Christian responses to Dawkins book, none better that Alistair McGrath's book The Dawkins Delusion? It is short and concise but it pulls apart most of Dawkins emotional arguments in a gracious manner. McGrath (a former atheist himself), like Dawkins, has been a professor at Oxford University for many years. The best quote is on the cover of McGrath's book and it is from Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He says of McGrath's book - "The God Delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist, and McGrath shows why."
It's unfortunate that Borders doesn't have McGrath's book right alongside Dawkins - so people can read both perspectives. You will most likely only find McGrath's book in a Christian bookshop (although I did find my copy in a small bookshop in Paris while there on holidays recently!).
For a number of other good articles in response to Dawkins' book see:
For more information on Alistair McGrath, check out his web site.