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Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can't Deliver
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Christian Smith
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Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can't Deliver

Christian Smith


9780190880927

Oxford University Press


Ethics & moral philosophy;
Religion & beliefs;
Religion: general;
Agnosticism & atheism;
Human rights


Hardback

168 pages

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In recent years atheism has become ever more visible, acceptable, and influential. Atheist apologists have become increasingly vociferous and confident in their claims: that a morality requiring benevolence towards all and universal human rights need not be grounded in religion; that modern science disproves the existence of God; and that there is nothing innately religious about human beings. In Atheist Overreach, Christian Smith takes a look at the evidence and arguments, and explains why we ought to be skeptical of these atheists' claims about morality, science, and human nature. He does not argue that atheism is necessarily wrong, but rather that its advocates are advancing crucial claims that are neither rationally defensible nor realistic. Their committed worldview feeds unhelpful arguments and contributes to the increasing polarization of today's political landscape. Everyone involved in the theism-atheism debates, in shared moral reflection, and in the public consumption of the findings of science should be committed to careful reasoning and rigorous criticism. This book provides readers with the information they need to participate more knowledgably in debates about atheism and what it means for our society.

By:   Christian Smith
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 149mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   304g
ISBN:   9780190880927
ISBN 10:   0190880929
Pages:   168
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

IntroductionChapter 1: Just How Good without God Are Atheists Justified in Being?Chapter 2: Does Naturalism Warrant Belief in Universal Benevolence and Human Rights?Chapter 3: Why Scientists Playing Amateur Atheology FailChapter 4: Are Humans Naturally Religious?Conclusion

Christian Smith is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Smith holds an MA (1987) and PhD (1990) in Sociology from Harvard University and has studied at Harvard Divinity School. He has taught at Notre Dame, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Gordon College, MA.


Many essays and books have been written in response to the anti-theistic polemics of the so-called New Atheists. Christian Smith's Atheist Overreach is the equal of any of those writers in his acquaintance with the relevant literature and in the acuity of his critique of the claims of the New Atheists. What makes his book stand out from the crowd is that he is writing for the general reader, rather than specialists, that he never overreaches in what he claims to have established, and that -- unlike much of the writing on both sides -- he is never abusive of those whose views he is critiquing. The style is lucid and engaging. In every way, an admirable contribution to the debate. -- Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University Clearly and accessibly written, Atheist Overreach eschews polemics on a topic that usually evokes nothing else. Christian Smith raises questions that every thoughtful atheist must deal with. -- James W. Jones, author of Can Science Explain Religion? The Cognitive Science Debate Many essays and books have been written in response to the anti-theistic polemics of the so-called New Atheists. Christian Smith's Atheist Overreach is the equal of any of those writers in his acquaintance with the relevant literature and in the acuity of his critique of the claims of the New Atheists. What makes his book stand out from the crowd is that he is writing for the general reader, rather than specialists, that he never overreaches in what he claims to have established, and that -- unlike much of the writing on both sides -- he is never abusive of those whose views he is critiquing. The style is lucid and engaging. In every way, an admirable contribution to the debate! -- Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University

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