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After the New Atheist Debate

October 29, 2014 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781442649521
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Description

The first decade of the twenty-first century saw a number of best-selling books which not only challenged the existence of god, but claimed that religious faith was dangerous and immoral. The New Atheists, as writers such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett have become known, sparked a vicious debate over religion's place in modern society.

In After the New Atheist Debate, Phil Ryan offers both an elegant summary of this controversy and a path out of the cul-de-sac that this argument has become. Drawing on the social sciences, philosophy, and theology, Ryan examines the claims of the New Atheists and of their various religious and secular opponents and finds both sides wanting.

Rather than the mutual demonization that marks the New Atheist debate, Ryan argues that modern society needs respectful ethical dialogue in which citizens present their points of view and seek to understand the positions of others. Lucidly written and clearly argued, After the New Atheist Debate is a book that brings welcome clarity and a solid path to the often contentious conversation about religion in the public sphere.

About this Author

ISBN: 9781442649521
Format: Hardcover
Series: UTP Insights
Pages: 208
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Published: 2014-10-29

Reviews

&ldquo Phillip Ryan is a talented author. He writes with humour and subtlety... This is a lovely book."

'Ryan has written a lucid, balanced book on the New Atheist debate; free of rancor, invective, and name-calling... The work is highly recommended for detailing the logical and moral weaknesses in much New Atheist, anti-religious polemics.'

'After the New Atheist Debate offers a fascinating glimpse into the arguments, polemics, and caricatures this debate has inspired along with innovative suggestions concerning how we might better navigate our shared social context through meaningful dialogue.'

After the New Atheist Debate succeeds in shifting a weary and tension-filled intellectual exchange onto new ground.... It conveys a powerful and much needed social message: there is hope for public discourse.'

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