The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason (2009)

Victor Stenger is a professor of physics with quite the little bio. He’s written a number of titles on fine-tuning, a scientific search for god, the laws of physics, and so much more. As of late his stances have been anti-theist in nature. This 2009 work takes a look at the recent movement (founded largely after 9/11) of New Atheism. He synthesizes several notable works from Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennet, Harris, and more. He also gathers the arguments of religious communities and refutes them clearly. Unfortunately he is dealing with broad strokes, as Stenger covers an immense amount of ground: from the dawn of humanity, science, religion,¬†Eastern philosophies, Christianity, Judaism, the apocalypse, to the enlightenment, neuroscience, and evolution, to the founding of Mormonism and Intelligent Design.

The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason is a nonstop tour of the intellectual and reasoned struggle taking place in our schools, courts, churches, homes, and daily lives. Stenger cites all his sources (including his own detailed past studies/works) so that topics can be thoroughly explored and challenged. I’d describe The New Atheism as an extremely detailed bibliography with quick facts and analysis. It’s a terrific place to start if you’re wondering about New Atheism, questioning religion, and/or looking behind the curtain.

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