In my post Theology of the Emperor’s New Clothes I referred to the anger exhibited in many of the reviews of the recent atheist books. The best known of these books are The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), The End of Faith (Sam Harris), Letter to a Christian Nation(Sam Harris), Breaking the Spell (Daniel C. Dennett) and God Is Not Great (Christopher Hitchens). These sort of reviews have been parodied by Adam Roberts in a “review” of a fictional book (The Fascism Delusion by Richard Dawkins). Clearly, many religious people are responding emotionally to the current discussion of religion and belief.
Dawkins, Dennett and others have pointed out that this sort of reaction is a specific character of religion. People see religion as something that needs protection from the scrutiny normally acceptable in other fields of human endeavour. This is a bit rich, of course, given the harsh criticism of atheism religious people have made over the years. If the current interest in atheism and religion resulted in the ability to discuss these issues in a calmer way that would be a very welcome outcome.
Books by the “New Christians”
One reviewer has commented that the arguments of the “new atheists’ has caused a confusion amongst religious believers. This confusion has resulted in a new wave of books aimed at providing believers with arguments enabling them to respond with more confidence. RichardDawkins.net recently provided a list of books by the “New Christians” – all of them in response to Dawkins, Harris, Dennett and Hitchens. I have given these, and a few others, below:
The Return of the Village Atheist by Joel Mcdurmon;
Letter to an Atheist by Michael Patrick Leahy;
Letter from a Christian Citizen by Douglas Wilson;
Letter to an Atheist Nation by Michael, Allen Robinson;
The Irrational Atheist by Vox Day;
Letter to an Influential Atheist by Roger Steer;
The God Delusion Revisited by Mike King;
Beyond the God Delusion by Richard Grigg;
The Dawkins Delusion? by Alister McGrath;
The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths by David Robertson;
The God Solution A Reply to the God Delusion by James A. Beverly;
Darwin’s Angel: An angelic Reposte to The God Delusion by John Cornwell;
The Argument Against Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion by The Ipod Tutor;
ATHEISM IS FALSE by David, Reuben Stone;
A Catholic Replies to Professor Dawkins by Thomas Crean O.P.;
The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail by Becky Garrison;
The Truth Behind the New Atheism by David Marshall;
This is a pretty big harvest for a few atheist books published only recently. Even so, I suspect there are more in the pipeline.
What I am waiting for though is the atheist response to these. Are we going to get a secondary wave of atheist books? Maybe even a new group of authors – the “Even Newer Atheists.”
Agnostics – what do they stand for?
Theology of the Emperor’s New Clothes
Debating science and religion
The atheist wars?
Atheism and religious diversity
The Enemies of Reason
Religion and Schools
“I’m an atheist, but ……”
Special rights for religion?