September 29, 2009
Richard Dawkins as the Billy Sunday of Atheism?
Thank you Philip Clayton for this great assessment of the New Atheism. The basic idea is that this movement does not provide any actual arguments against God, but merely makes pejorative statements about religion (as in Christopher Hitchens’ “Religion poisons everything”) and then claims the mantle of science as though it substantiates those statements, when it does not and there hasn’t even been an attempt made at a scientific argument. Thus, irony of ironies: This is logical scientific movement called the New Atheism is at bottom emotive and more akin to revivalism than to science or logic.
But experience the much more elloquent version from Philip Clayton himself!