The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason

Vic Stenger’s new book, The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason is now out. It’s an affirmation of the “New Atheism” by Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, Dennett, and Stenger, including responses to some of the critics.

I’m not going to say a lot about the book, other than recommending it as a very good statement and defense of the new atheism specifically. I remain ambivalent about the new atheism—I favor a more disillusioned form of nonbelief—but Stenger makes a case that will have considerable appeal for those of us with a more optimistic temperament.

As a disclaimer, I should add that Vic is a friend, that some of my work comes in for both criticism and praise in the book, and that I provided feedback to Vic during the writing process. So I might be a bit too involved for a reader to think that I can give an evenhanded assessment of the book. Still, I hope the book will do well, and I think it’s very good to have a single, straightforward defense of the new atheism available.

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Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13617472632756484543 GeorgeRic

    I challenge atheists who say we just don't have our brains in gear: 166 years ago Abbott showed that contiguous geometrical worlds explain where God is and why we can't see him. So we wrote 'Techie Worlds' for mechanical people and did the scientific thing: we looked at Christian teachings like the Trinity, like resurrection, judgment, the idea of a soul. In contiguous geometrical worlds these things are logical and understandable, even though to 'this-world-only' atheists they are ridiculous imaginings.
    We see a lot of belief in devils, in miracles, in good and evil spirits. Just talk with your friendly Wiccas and Satanists. Their recognition of spirit worlds makes it more probable that our view of the world is correct. Besides, there is Pascal's wager, pointing out that Christian belief can reward while atheism surely leads to death. The labels: Thinking, Logical, Reasonable, Rational really belong to Christians more than to those proudly acclaimed agnostics. Get a copy of 'Techie Worlds' from http://www.amazon.com and see the reasonableness of Abbott's explanation.