The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason

The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason

Victor J. Stenger


lately a few bestselling books have forcefully argued that trust in God can now not be defended on rational or empirical grounds, and that the clinical worldview has rendered out of date the normal ideals held through Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The authors of those books—Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Victor J. Stenger—have grow to be often called the "New Atheists." Predictably, their works were arguable and attracted a great deal of severe reaction.
during this new ebook, Victor J. Stenger, whose God: The Failed speculation used to be at the long island instances bestseller checklist in 2007, experiences and expands upon the rules of recent Atheism and solutions lots of its critics. He demonstrates intimately that naturalism—the view that each one of fact is reducible to topic and not anything else—is adequate to provide an explanation for every little thing we discover within the universe, from the main far away galaxies to the internal workings of the mind that bring about the phenomenon of brain.
Stenger disputes the declare of many critics that the query of no matter if God exists is past the ken of technological know-how. to the contrary, he argues that absence of facts for God is, certainly, proof of absence while the proof will be there and is not.
Turning from clinical to old facts, Stenger then issues out the numerous examples of evil perpetrated within the identify of faith. He additionally notes that the Bible, that's nonetheless taken to be divine revelation via hundreds of thousands, fails as a foundation for morality and is not able to account for the matter of pointless agony in the course of the world.
ultimately, he discusses the lessons of historical nontheist sages akin to Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Confucius, whose guidance for dealing with the issues of existence and dying didn't rely on a supernatural metaphysics. Stenger argues that this "way of nature" is much more advantageous to the conventional supernatural monotheisms, which background exhibits may end up in a bunch of evils.
the recent Atheism is a well-argued safety of the atheist place and a powerful rebuttal of its critics.

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