The New Atheism

The New Atheism

Taking A Stand for Science and Reason

Book - 2009
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In recent years a number of bestselling books have forcefully argued that belief in God can no longer be defended on rational or empirical grounds, and that the scientific worldview has rendered obsolete the traditional beliefs held by Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The authors of these books--Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Victor J. Stenger--have come to be known as the "New Atheists." Predictably, their works have been controversial and attracted a good deal of critical reaction.
In this new book, Victor J. Stenger, whose God: The Failed Hypothesis was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007, reviews and expands upon the principles of New Atheism and answers many of its critics. He demonstrates in detail that naturalism--the view that all of reality is reducible to matter and nothing else--is sufficient to explain everything we observe in the universe, from the most distant galaxies to the inner workings of the brain that result in the phenomenon of mind.
Stenger disputes the claim of many critics that the question of whether God exists is beyond the ken of science. On the contrary, he argues that absence of evidence for God is, indeed, evidence of absence when the evidence should be there and is not.
Turning from scientific to historical evidence, Stenger then points out the many examples of evil perpetrated in the name of religion. He also notes that the Bible, which is still taken to be divine revelation by millions, fails as a basis for morality and is unable to account for the problem of unnecessary suffering throughout the world.
Finally, he discusses the teachings of ancient nontheist sages such as Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Confucius, whose guidelines for coping with the problems of life and death did not depend upon a supernatural metaphysics. Stenger argues that this "way of nature" is far superior to the traditional supernatural monotheisms, which history shows can lead to a host of evils.
The New Atheism is a well-argued defense of the atheist position and a strong rebuttal of its critics.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781591027515
1591027519
Characteristics: 282 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

'The New Atheism' is a wonderful book which defends the so-called 'New Atheist' movement, of which Dr. Stenger is apart of. Victor Stenger refutes the critics who quote-mine the 'new atheist' books, and shows how they time and again promote lies and misconceptions about atheism. Stenger also disproves many of the arguments put forth by theists, which have been covered in greater detail in his and other's books.

Though I have read the books by the 'new atheists' (Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and the author), 'The New Atheism' provides a summary of the books, along with arguing for a secular, godless way of life, which can be lived fully and happily (as many have attested to)

As Dan Barker said in his review, "Stenger, with his affirming, incisive, and illuminating observations, shows us that there is truly grandeur in taking a stand for something precious: science and reason." I could not agree more

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jlautermilch
Apr 12, 2011

A good book but covers a lot of ground already covered.

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