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- Publisher: Prospero Media
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
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The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on Religion Audio Download – Unabridged
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The New Atheist is a series of short essays that can be read alone or together for a fuller appraisal of the counter argument to the `high priests of atheism'. Beattie sets out to place her contradiction in a series of associations and disassociations. She sees the main target of the New Atheists as the fundamentalist religions and puts together an amalgam of religious ethics that enable her to set her stall outside of any accusation of fundamentalism. This is done by disassociation from mainstream and liberal agendas, avoiding the post-modern condition and putting together a reasoned response to rationality.
At times I felt that I was reading about Richard Dawkins and his New Atheist Army instead of an intellectual anti-theist movement, however the blame for the militaristic approach does appear to lie with Richard Dawkins and his followers as Tina Beattie has done everything she can to pacify this martial agenda
This book is more than a lively provocative debate. Tina Beattie gives us well-argued details of the very real threat posed by fanaticism both religious and secular and in the fanaticism of its followers which have taken hold of the intellectual classes in Britain and America. The New Atheists calls for a more wide-ranging and creative dialogue across religious and cultural boundaries. All of the guns left firing belong to Beattie, she has taken the ground and firmly planted her standard in the enemies camp.
The danger that we face turns out, according to Beattie, to be neither religion nor atheism, but the idea that we can have certain access to truths for which we can claim the necessary assent of others. The new atheism (Dawkins, Hitchens and co) is presented as not the opposition to, but acounterpart of, the wave of religious fundamentalism that endangers our current world. Beattie offers convincing arguments against both religious and atheistic fundamentalism, drawing on feminist and post-colonial theory to advocate a respect for diversity and a recognition of those whose voices are not normally heard. And these are but a few (central) strands of the book, which reaches a fascinating conclusion of significance for believer and atheist alike.
As an outsider to the current God debate, Beattie emerges as more thoughtful and well-informed than most of those within the debate itself. Her research is presented clearly, and her arguments avoid sinking into the inflated rhetoric and cheap insults that characterise some of the literature she discusses. Although the subject matter is heavy, little prior knowledge is assumed, and difficult concepts are presented with admirable ease, making this book accessible to all who are willing to take the time to stop and think.
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Great product, well wrapped, prompt delivery nice price. Thanks!Published 4 months ago by Mrs KT Degroot
As a committed Christian, I naturally welcome this critique of the work of such renowned atheists as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchins. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2013 by T. TANNER
Don't expect a clear and level-headed response to the New Atheists with this one. Instead, expect lots of dubious rhetoric, and sloppy reasoning. Read morePublished on 8 April 2012 by Simon
As an atheist, I always try to read good literature from both "sides", to check arguments and reasoning behind positions. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2009 by D. Quintiere
The old saying `never judge a book by its covers' applies here. Any merit stops with the Edward Pentin's brilliant front cover caricature of an atheist love-fest ( in the form of... Read morePublished on 26 May 2008 by S. Campbell
Tina Beattie has not only written a good all round overview of the current 'debate' between religion and science, but also a good introduction to the history and cultural context... Read morePublished on 3 April 2008 by C. N. Hose
Oh dear. This isn't badly written, it's just a fundamentally flawed argument. Tina has built her house upon philosophical sand, I'm afraid. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2008 by Mercutio
There are important points in this book around the issue of fundamentalist belief and behaviour, and reasonableness. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2008 by anthony2