The atheist authors Fr. Williams is rebutting are: Richard Dawkins who wrote The God Delusion (2006), Sam Harris who wrote The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2005) and Letter to a Christian Nation (2006), Daniel C. Dennett who wrote Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2006), and Christopher Hitchen who wrote God is Not Great: How religion poisons everything (2007). Fr. Williams says that these atheists describe religion as being harmful to humanity and that it is a major source - if not cause - of much of the violence in the world today and in the past.
Fr. Williams has an introduction which presents these atheists and their criticisms of religion and has divided the book into five parts. Each chapter starts off with a question which the atheists propose and Williams answers. The questions deal with various topics such as: Can persons be moral without religion? Are religious people less intelligent than non-religious? Does religion do more harm than good in society? Is religious education a form of child abuse? Is Christianity against science? Is religious faith irrational? Did Jesus really exist? Do Christians hate sex? Are atheists more tolerant than believers? Some of these above criticisms are borderline ridiculous. Williams shows in his presentations that some of these are not rational and that many of the issues posed show the atheists’ ignorance or contempt for the good that religion and Christianity in particular do for individuals and for society. He wonders if some of these authors have had some kind of bad experience with a particular person who was religious.
Williams shows that many scientists today and in the past believed in God or had a religion they believed in. The authors say that true science does not need religion. That science can explain everything. Williams refutes this by quoting some eminent scientists who are believers. It would seem these authors are ignorant of some of the works of some scientists like Newton who wrote about science as helping to reveal God.