What is the relationship between the New Atheism and Evolutionary Religious Studies? This question is surprisingly complex and needs to be answered in at least three steps.
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By Kimberly Winston
Religion News Service
(RNS) In September 2001, Sam Harris was an unknown doctoral student who didn't believe in God.
Defining "religion" is notoriously difficult. Roman Catholicism is clearly a religion. But what about Quakerism? And if you include the Quakers, then what about the Rotarians and the Free Masons?
The general consensus on the part of professional philosophers on all sides of the question is that the popular arguments being made by new atheists are not all that new.
The rule that many Christians seem to follow when they lay their hands on their keyboards is "Ridicule your enemies; misrepresent those who hate you; caricature and malign those that mistreat you."
While it may not be true that those without a faith need one, it is demonstrably true that people of faith must have questions and doubts. Otherwise their faith becomes a static, lifeless, self-serving doctrine.
H. Allen Orr
The New York Review of Books
The Evolution of God
by Robert Wright
Little, Brown, 567 pp., $25.99
Robert Wright is not afr...
"36 Arguments for the Existence of God" is an intriguingly structured work, tricky but also very traditional; a book that tries to make a serious argument but also tells a captivating story.
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