Popular Features. New Releases. Description In this new book, Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic world view, opposing the arguments given by renowned authors of books on atheism, such as Richard Dawkins. Unlike other responses to the new atheism, Markham challenges these authors on their own ground by questioning their understanding of belief and of atheism itself. The result is a transforming introduction to Christianity that will appeal to anyone interested in this debate.
Back cover copy Against Atheism challenges the successful and provocative books of high-profile atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Their books have generated a wide-ranging and fierce debate, but, until now, no one has confronted these authors on their understanding of atheism and belief. Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic worldview from the inside out, tackling the atheists on their own ground by arguing that they do not understand the nature of atheism, let alone theology and ethics.
Drawing on ideas from Nietzsche, cosmology, and art, Against Atheism is a powerful response that allows for a faith that is grounded, yet one that recognizes the reality of uncertainty. Succinct, engaging, but robustly argued, this new book by a leading academic and writer contains a wealth of profound insights that show religious belief in a new light. Review Text "It is a thoughtful, eirenic and wide-ranging contribution This is a serious and sophisticated addition to the burgeoning New Atheism literature, and a very good advert for its author's avowed 'classical Catholicism in its Anglican form' p.
Religious and non-religious people wanting to learn more about atheism, a religious response to atheism, and the connections between science and religion should read this book. Markham is consistent in his approach For its clarity, precision and wit, the book is certainly accessible. Markham does not evade tough questions.
Even in America, something of an anomaly on these matters, religious presidential candidates direct their evangelical huckstering at Smallville, USA and not the sophisticates of the big cities. Thank you. Editorial Reviews "A brilliant defence of the reasonableness of Christian belief, against its modern detractors. Unlike other responses to the new atheism, Markham challenges these authors on their own ground by questioning their understanding of belief and of atheism itself. College Chaplain.
This book will be enjoyed by academically minded believers looking to bolster their arguments against atheism. By challenging the very foundations of their position, [Markham] exposes the weaknesses in their arguments.
Markham accuses the so-called New Atheists--Dawkins et al. In , the leftwing atheist writer PZ Myers took offence with an article I wrote calling out the anti-Muslim bigotry of the most prominent New Atheists.
Back then, Myers denied that Harris was rightwing and complained:. There is racist Islamophobia scattered about within the New Atheist movement But the outliers are not the movement.
These days, Myers to his credit devotes considerable time to denouncing Harris. Dawkins and Harris are still, by far and away, the most recognisable frontmen for the New Atheist show.
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So how did a movement ostensibly full of progressives end up so identified with writers who sound less and less like incarnations of pure reason and more and more like your Islamophobic uncle after he chugs his sixth pint? The novelty of New Atheism comes from its contrast with an older atheism, associated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries with the left in general and socialism in particular.
By the s, the old left had disintegrated, both as a movement and a set of ideas, even as some of its doctrines became entirely mainstream. Secularism was one of them.
In , it took considerable courage to proclaim your atheism in an English-speaking country; a century later, non-belief had become within the intelligentsia, at least largely unexceptional. That was part of what made the New Atheists new.
An earlier generation of atheists were brash and offensive but their provocations were generally directed at a church that still possessed considerable institutional power. The New Atheists were, by contrast, insiders rather than outsiders, writing and speaking in societies where manifestations of fervent religiosity largely occurred on the cultural fringes rather than the intellectual centres.
Even in America, something of an anomaly on these matters, religious presidential candidates direct their evangelical huckstering at Smallville, USA and not the sophisticates of the big cities. As a philosophical tendency, the New Atheists were popularisers rather than innovators, using advances in biology and neuroscience to illustrate pretty well-worn arguments against religion.
Indeed, in some crucial ways, they represent an intellectual step backward from a left that had recognised atheism as necessary but scarcely sufficient. That is, if you investigate the material basis of religious belief, you immediately confront a phenomenon that operates on many different levels. In particular circumstances and particular settings a faith may function as a guide to morality, or an aesthetic, or a social network, or a collection of cultural practices, or a political identity, or a historical tradition, or some combination of any or all of those things.
By contrast, the New Atheists engage with religion purely as a set of ideas, a kind of cosmic rulebook for believers. But what happens then? For, of course, the privileged know-it-alls are usually white and those they lampoon the most are invariably Muslim. For the extraordinary contemporary popularity of the New Atheism also relates to something else that happened at the dawn of the new century — namely, the terrorist attacks on The best illustration is Christopher Hitchens, a writer who built his stratospheric literary career by transitioning between the two atheist traditions.
As a young man, Hitchens was a Trotskyist and for many years he remained a leftwing polemicist. By , Hitchens was already beginning his shift to the right.