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God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens Paperback – February 15, 2008
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To those ends, Haught makes his case eloquently and definitively. The negative reviewers need to realize that this book does NOT attempt or CLAIM to be exhaustive (it's only 107 pages, people!), nor does it attempt to "answer" the new atheists with (what for Haught would be) a more "adequate" worldview (for that, you actually have to READ his systematic works on Evolutionary Theology: "God After Darwin," "Deeper Than Darwin," and "Christianity and Science: Toward a Theology of Nature." Only after reading these cogently argued works is one in a proper position to "critique" Haught.
The "personal" nature of some of the negative reviews is quite astonishing, and reveals more about the reviewers' LACK of familiarity with Haught's reputation and his rather extensive body of work than they do about Haught himself.Read more ›
I was sorry to see so much patronizing, so many straw dogs and pot shots (e.g. "our ill-informed new athiests" ... know absolutely nothing of theology). Fair enough. Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens also do their sniping at times. But once I got over that I tried to find the substance of the book. Here is much of it, and all these points are repeated many times: (1) The new atheists are are not as rigorous as the old ones like Sartre, Nietzche, Camus. (2) They don't know anything about theology and (3) they rail against only the most extreme and fundamental religious beliefs, which Haught himself distances himself from. And (4) where new atheists rely on objective evidence for their beliefs, Haught asks "Can anyone prove objectively that the postulate of objectivity is true?" This last point was made again and again, and then he curiously developed it on page 74 where he simply explains that atheists differ from believers by trusting in the mind's ability to reason! Believers, he explains, allow themselves instead "to be grasped and carried away" by Faith, which he defines as "the inexhaustibly deep dimension of Being, Meaning, Truth, and Goodness." That was particularly disappointing, as he had just ridiculed Harris for defining Faith as "belief without evidence." I mean, is faith belief without evidence or isn't it?
The book is short (100 pages) and pretty well written though often repetitive and pejorative, as I have said before. He often summarizes "the new atheists" arguments reasonably well, but occasionally he is way off the mark.Read more ›
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This guy is too much and I guess thus is what the death of Christianity looks like. He basically concedes all the substantive faults the new atheists catalog and stands back in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Shank
Awesome!! John F. Haught writes with remarkable clarity.Published 23 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 on January 7, 2014 by MARCO QUARTEROLI
This book is pure propaganda. He attacks persons without providing evidence and never addresses anything other than "straw men. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Larry K. Mason
Although the author makes several effective points against the myth of atheism, he is crippled by his incorrect cosmology and epistemology. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 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
what can anyone say it is a BOOK you have no right to demand how many words to write. because
of that demand i usually wont write anything why do you need so many... Read more