the Atheist New Wave

This week, Eurozine responds to the recent success of books like Chris Hitchen’s  Good Is Not Great and Richard Dawkin’s The God Dellusion:

We should begin by recognising that the “New Atheism” is not really new. Its distinctive themes – religion as the enemy of science, of progress and of an enlightened morality – are in a direct line of descent from the eighteenth-century enlightenment and nineteenth-century rationalism. The “new” movement is better seen as a revival, a reassertion of the values of rational thought and vigorous argument. It has struck people as new because it has given new life to old disagreements and debates and done so with great panache and style. But we need to beware of fighting old battles in a world which has moved on.

Read the full article at Eurozine.


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