The Confused World of Modern Atheism
Moshe Averick was ordained as an Orthodox rabbi in Jerusalem in 1980. Born in Chicago, IL, he has taught spirituality, theology, and Judaic Studies in the United States, Canada, and Israel for over three decades. He is a founding faculty member of Aish Hatorah, Toronto, one of the largest Jewish Adult Education Centers in North America. He has trained teachers and Rabbinical students for years. Many of his students are today prominent Jewish educators and Rabbinic leaders. He is also a columnist for Algemeiner.com, a leading online Jewish news site. Rabbi Averick lives in Israel and is the proud father of eight and grandfather to a growing number of grandchildren. Here is the Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Nonsense-High-Order-Confused-Atheism/dp/1535018348/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479419183&sr=8-1&keywords=confused+world+of+modern+atheism
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? I am an Orthodox Rabbi and have taught religion and theology for roughly 35 years. The question of the existence of God and the arguments between believers and non-believers was a subject I always found fascinating. Between the years 2003-2007 a number of best-selling atheist manifestos were published by authors like Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Christopher Hitchens (How Religion Poisons Everything), Sam Harris (The End of Faith), Daniel Dennett (Breaking the Spell), and others.
As I mentioned, being fascinated with the subject I read all of them, and grew increasingly annoyed and indignant at the inverse relationship between the viciousness of their attacks and the corresponding shallowness of their arguments. I resolved to write a book which would decisively demonstrate that it is the believer who holds the intellectual high ground in this debate.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe us your targeted reader? Well, I think that the full title: "Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism" is pretty self-explanatory regarding whose side I am on and what the book is about.
As an aside, the phrase "Nonsense of a High Order" was coined by one the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century, the illustrious British astronomer, mathematician, and physicist Sir Fred Hoyle. He was an atheist and in his later years took on as a project the investigation of the Origin of Life. This honest scientific investigation forced him and his long time collaborator Chandra Wickramasinghe to reconsider their position. They realized that there was no scientific plausibility at all for a naturalistic, unguided emergence of life from non-life. Hoyle ended up writing a book called The Intelligent Universe. He stated that the notion of a living cell forming by chance in some pre-biotic swamp was clearly "nonsense of a high order"
My main purpose in writing the book is to instill confidence in believers who often feel bullied by smug academics and atheistic scientists who declare that they are primitive and backward in their beliefs.
It is important to note that while everything in the book is meticulously footnoted and documented, it is specifically written in a popular, reader-friendly style, and I sprinkled a lot of humor in the book to keep up the reader's interest.
The next target audience are those who are open minded and seriously unclear on this issue and are looking for a rational presentation on the intellectual case for the existence of God. And last but not least, I hope that some atheists will read the book and reconsider their position.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? That belief in God and belief in the human soul is in the final evaluation is the most reasonable and actually the most obvious truth about our existence and that our entire life ultimately revolves around a relationship with our Creator. The book is not about any particular religion or revelation narrative,that is an entirely different subject and undertaking.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? I think I would share what Mario Puzo said about writing. 1. Rewrite 2. Rewrite 3. See step number 1 - Be open to criticism, don't fall too much in love with what you have written, be prepared to hear what others have to say about what you have written before finalizing anything.
5. What great challenges did you have in writing your book? I can't say I had much of a problem with motivation, it is a subject that I am invested in with a passion. It was difficult at times to find qualified people to critique parts of the book that had to do with hard science. I was very careful about not making any scientific claims that I could not state with 100% confidence and verification. It was also challenging to find appropriate people to give approbations for the book, but thankfully persistence paid off and we got some very nice ones which are printed in the book.
6. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? That's easy, what could possibly be more important that clarifying once and for all about the truth of God's existence and the meaning and purpose of one's life, (and having an enjoyable laugh while doing it)?