“Investigating Atheism” web site

There’s an interesting new(ish) academic web site called “Investigating Atheism.” It collects some useful social science and historical information, and other stuff. The material has something of a theologically liberal spin on it, though the site disingenuously claims neutrality:

The Investigating Atheism project is designed to stimulate interest, thought and debate on this important topic (one that has rapidly gained a whole new audience in recent years). The website has been put together by a group of academics and researchers at the faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and at the University of Oxford. The team have no set view on the subject, and aim to give a fully independent, but informed statement about this important subject.

In other words, a bunch of theologians informing the world about atheism. Still, with some reading between the lines it’s good for a quick identification of what about historical and contemporary atheism raises the hackles of theological liberals.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00763792476799485687 J. J. Ramsey

    The site also has a copy of Simon Blackburn's essay "Religion and Respect," which is pretty good.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15575410885851841473 Baconsbud

    Thanks for the link this should be interesting reading.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05188779170739251410 Danny Boy, FCD

    It's disappointing to see the site featuring an article from internet kook and pseudoscientist John A. Davison. They've lost what little credibility they started with.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05868095335395368227 vjack

    Well, since we atheists haven't been willing to organize and engage in similar projects, I guess we can't blame them for doing so. Don't get me wrong, many atheist blogs and websites are doing great work, but our refusal to unite and work together on tasks like this does limit what we can accomplish.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13562135000111792590 RBH

    There's some genuinely simplistic (not to say simple-minded) stuff on that site, and the inability to tell them that is frustrating.