March 9, 2013

New Atheism Reaches a Dead End

Damon Linker, The Week

Does the world really need another "new atheist" manifesto? Another attack on the ludicrousness of religion and the childishness of belief in God? Another paean to the spiritual and intellectual satisfactions of secularism, materialism, and humanism? Do the efforts of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, the late Christopher Hitchens, and their many lesser imitators really require further reinforcement? British philosopher A.C. Grayling must think so, since that is precisely what his latest book (The God Argument, which will be published on March 26) aims to provide.

Grayling is mistaken. The style of atheism rehearsed in these books has reached a dead end. It's one thing to catalogue the manifest faults within this or that religious tradition, which the new...

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