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The new Atheism : taking a stand for science and reason, Victor J. Stenger

Label
The new Atheism : taking a stand for science and reason
Title
The new Atheism
Title remainder
taking a stand for science and reason
Statement of responsibility
Victor J. Stenger
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the publisher. In recent years a number of bestselling books have forcefully argued that belief in God can no longer be defended on rational or empirical grounds, and that the scientific worldview has rendered obsolete the traditional beliefs held by Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The authors of these books-Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Victor J. Stenger-have come to be known as the "New Atheists." Predictably, their works have been controversial and attracted a good deal of critical reaction. In this new book, Victor J. Stenger, whose God: The Failed Hypothesis was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007, reviews and expands upon the principles of New Atheism and answers many of its critics. He demonstrates in detail that naturalism-the view that all of reality is reducible to matter and nothing else-is sufficient to explain everything we observe in the universe, from the most distant galaxies to the inner workings of the brain that result in the phenomenon of mind. Stenger disputes the claim of many critics that the question of whether God exists is beyond the ken of science. On the contrary, he argues that absence of evidence for God is, indeed, evidence of absence when the evidence should be there and is not. Turning from scientific to historical evidence, Stenger then points out the many examples of evil perpetrated in the name of religion. He also notes that the Bible, which is still taken to be divine revelation by millions, fails as a basis for morality and is unable to account for the problem of unnecessary suffering throughout the world. Finally, he discusses the teachings of ancient nontheist sages such as Buddha, Lao Tzu,and Confucius, whose guidelines for coping with the problems of life and death did not depend upon a supernatural metaphysics. Stenger argues that this "way of nature" is far superior to the traditional supernatural monotheisms, which history shows can lead to a host of evils. The New Atheism is a well-argued defense of the atheist position and a strong rebuttal of its critics
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
211/.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • BL2747.3
  • BL2747.3
LC item number
  • .S737 2009
  • .S737 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The new Atheism : taking a stand for science and reason, Victor J. Stenger
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ingersoll's vow -- Atheism on the offensive -- The folly of faith -- The sword of science -- The design delusion -- Holy smoke -- Suffering and morality -- The nature of nature -- The nature of mind -- The way of nature -- The future of atheism
Control code
318872895
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781591027515
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009019129
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781591027515
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (CaEvSKY)sky238481878
  • (OCoLC)318872895
Label
The new Atheism : taking a stand for science and reason, Victor J. Stenger
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ingersoll's vow -- Atheism on the offensive -- The folly of faith -- The sword of science -- The design delusion -- Holy smoke -- Suffering and morality -- The nature of nature -- The nature of mind -- The way of nature -- The future of atheism
Control code
318872895
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781591027515
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009019129
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781591027515
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (CaEvSKY)sky238481878
  • (OCoLC)318872895

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