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Eclecticist: New Atheism

Show Notes & Research

Introduction

Topic overview

Off Topic

Talking Points

Backlash

Wrap Up

Show Notes

Broadcast: 22nd August, 2013

Last update: 22nd August, 2013

Introduction

Topic overview

Since the religiously motivated terror attacks on America in 2001 subsequently known as '9/11', a wave of animosity towards structured religions in general and Islamic nations in particular has produced the meme 'New Atheism' and the many volumes that undergird it. In this show we discuss the derivation of the term, key players, effects on religious communities and the potential trajectory of an inflammatory vocal attack on faith. Is there anything new about atheism?

Off Topic

(What we do not intend to talk about at length.)

Talking Points

‘The New Atheists will not let us off the hook simply because we are not doctrinaire believers. They condemn not just belief in God but respect for belief in God. Religion is not only wrong; it's evil. Now that the battle has been joined, there's no excuse for shirking.’

Backlash

Wrap Up

Show Notes

Pope John II’s pine box coffin in St. Peter’s Basilica

Eric Hovind, the religious apologist son of Kent Hovind, biblical literalist and tax dodger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG7SebZ-U9M

The Life of Brian defended by Monty Python's John Cleese and Michael Palin.

‘The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.’ —Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995), quoted from Victor J Stenger, Has Science Found God? (2001)

[Daniel Dennett] ‘Compatibilism (or soft determinism) is the belief that free will and determinism are compatible ideas, and that it is possible to believe both without being logically inconsistent.’ —Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compatibilism

Lawrence Krauss, an American cosmologist and theoretical physicist

Poster of logical debates: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/assets/FallaciesPosterHigherRes.jpg

Study: World Is Turning More Religious; Atheism Declining

http://islaminchina.info/