From Bookforum's Omnivore blog comes this interesting assortment of links on all things atheism and faith. One of the highlights is a Julian Baggini review (in The Guardian) of Atheists: The Origin of the Species by Nick Spencer.
Another interesting link is from Steven Douglas Smith (University of San Diego School of Law), Is God Irrelevant? Here's the abstract:
This essay, written for a symposium on Ronald Dworkin’s recent posthumous book Religion Without God, argues that Dworkin misunderstands the way theists typically think God relates to “morality.” The essay sketches a subjectivist (or “super-subjectivist”) account of morality that arguably better fits the understanding of believers in the biblical tradition than does Dworkin’s more objectivist account.There are other good links as well.
- Justin Remes (Oakland): “That Man Behind the Curtain”: Atheism and Belief in The Wizard of Oz.
- C'Zar Bernstein (FSU): Is God's Existence Possible?
- David Kyle Johnson (King’s): Why Religious Experience Can't Justify Religious Belief; and Justified Belief in Miracles is Impossible.
- Steven Douglas Smith (San Diego): Is God Irrelevant?
- Steven Kettell (Warwick): Faithless: The Politics of New Atheism.
- Carl Mosk (Victoria): Is There a Religion Trap? Atheism, Agnosticism, and Innovation.
- Gary Gutting interviews Louise Antony, editor of Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life.
- Can merit be found in the “defective father hypothesis"? Stephen Padilla on a psychology of atheism.
- Emma Green on the intellectual snobbery of conspicuous atheism: Beyond the argument that faith in God is irrational — and therefore illegitimate.
- There are more reasons than ever why God isn't necessary: An excerpt from Mental Biology: The New Science of How the Brain and Mind Relate by W.R. Klemm.
- From TNR, a failed argument for God: Jerry Coyne reviews The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart; how religious people keep trying to say God and science are compatible — and they keep being wrong; how atheists could learn a lot from religious people about how to win debates; and on the atheists' case for fighting poverty: Religiosity, social dysfunction linked in Pew study.
- Why do many religious believers want to silence atheists? Greta Christina wants to know.
- Julian Baggini reviews Atheists: The Origin of the Species by Nick Spencer.
- God is dead, what next? Alasdair Craig on searching for meaning in the age of atheism.