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The recent spate of books from atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and (most stridently) Christopher Hitchens has prompted many pundits and scholars to label the trend the New Atheism. Haught uses the term, but argues that there is nothing really new about the New Atheism; it is instead a rehashing of antireligious arguments that are as old as the Enlightenment. In fact, Haught criticizes the New Atheism as being theologically unchallenging, its all-or-nothing thinking representing about the same level of reflection on faith that one can find in contemporary creationist and fundamentalist literature. Haught draws upon theologians such as Tillich, Bultmann, Ricoeur, McFague and Pannenberg to refute some of the New Atheists' most common contentions. Through most of Haught's book, his approach is straight theism, with the exclusively or specifically Christian arguments coming near the end. Although this book is more accessible than some of Haught's earlier theological work (e.g., Is Nature Enough?), it is still challenging and serious; readers will need to follow scientific, theological, philosophical and logical threads to keep up. The reward is worth it, however, as Haught lays out the fundamental issues clearly and without the vitriol that has characterized Hitchens et al. as well as many of their interlocutors. (Feb.)
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John F. Haught is Senior Fellow in Science and Religion at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. One of the world's leading thinkers in the field of theology and science, Haught was Chair and Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown from 1970 to 2005. An international lecturer and prolific author, his books include Christianity and Science, God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution, and the prize-winning Deeper than Darwin: The Prospects for Religion in the Age of Evolution.
Best brief response I've see to the "new atheists" who (1) not only limit their anti-religion arguments to attacks on literalists and fundamentalists while ignoring much... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Irvin King
Awesome!! John F. Haught writes with remarkable clarity.Published 13 months ago by Mary Ann Fischer
Traps Dawkins in his own words an systems ...great resource to understand the debate and source for arguments for studyPublished 20 months ago by MARCO QUARTEROLI
This book is pure propaganda. He attacks persons without providing evidence and never addresses anything other than "straw men. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Larry K. Mason
A friend recommended Haught's work to me on this subject. Most books written contra the New Atheists are written by apologists (eg. Trent Horn's Answering Atheists). Read morePublished 21 months ago by David Schutz
Although the author makes several effective points against the myth of atheism, he is crippled by his incorrect cosmology and epistemology. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ben Masters
Having read the "new atheist trilogy" by Harris, Hitchens and Dawkins, I felt compelled to read this "critical response" by Haught. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by deer_hunter
The author lays out very clearly the case against God by the "new" aethiests, or scientific materialists and shows its fatal flaws. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Timothy J. Gannon