Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Omnivore - The Age of Atheism

From Bookforum's Omnivore blog, a collection of interesting links on atheism and its discontents.

The age of atheism

Feb 24 2014 
3:00PM

  • Stephen Bullivant (St. Mary’s): Why Study Atheism?; and Defining “Atheism”
  • The real New Atheism: Jeffrey Tayler on rejecting religion for a just world. 
  • Remembering Christopher Hitchens: G. Elijah Dann on religious belief and Hitch's greatest hits. 
  • When did faith start to fade? Adam Gopnik reviews The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God by Peter Watson; and Imagine There's No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World by Mitchell Stephens. 
  • George Dvorsky on the 7 most intriguing philosophical arguments for the existence of God. 
  • From Philosophy Now, does God exist? William Lane Craig says there are good reasons for thinking that He does (and a response); and Rick Lewis interviews Simon Blackburn on his atheism. 
  • Clayton Littlejohn reviews God and Evidence: Problems for Theistic Philosophers by Rob Lovering. 
  • Ryan Stringer on a logical argument from evil. 
  • Oliver Burkeman on David Bentley Hart's The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, the one theology book all atheists really should read (and more by Damon Linker; Isaac Chotiner on how the case for God's existence is empowering atheists; and Jerry Coyne on why the “best arguments for God's existence” are actually terrible). 
  • No, we don’t owe your religion any “respect”. 
  • Can a Christian be an atheist? Dom Turner finds out. 
  • Are religious teachings fairy tales? Howard Kainz wonders. 
  • Research indicates that lack of religion is a key reason why people in wealthy countries don't feel a sense of purpose. 
  • Katie Engelhart on the age of atheism: “If God exists, why is anybody unhappy?”
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