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Atheism: Twilight or Dawn
« on: December 12, 2007, 02:20:00 PM »
According to Alister McGrath, the early 21st century marks the decline of atheism. In this critique of McGrath's arguments, Keith Parsons considers whether the intellectual clout, stature, or influence of atheism has in fact declined in recent years, concluding that McGrath does not even begin to address the real intellectual case for atheism. That disbelief in God is just as much a matter of faith as belief in God can only be a stale platitude from McGrath given his failure to even superficially survey the best arguments for atheism. McGrath does address, however, four charges made by Richard Dawkins against religion, including the charge that evolution makes God unnecessary as an explanation and that religion is a source of much of the misery in the world. Parsons concludes that once one appropriately qualifies or refines Dawkins' accusations, McGrath's critique fails to adequately address the underlying problems for religion that inspire them. Moreover, to the extent that the influence of inherently controversial and divisive religions on people's lives grows, a corresponding dawn of the popularity of atheism is inevitable. This book is rather interesting and for those who wish to dig deep into the controversies of religious discourse, I suggest its reading. I recommend this book to those who are strong in faith--and those who wish to see and understand the opposing view of the religious spectrum.

Personal Remark: This book makes you question your faith, however, the book fails to answer the reasons for religion--whereas it digs primarily in the notion of religious harm. The book only served to strengthen my own faith.


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