What’s New with Atheism? The Thoughtful Person’s Guide to Understanding Non-Belief

Closer to Truth

What’s New with Atheism? The Thoughtful Person’s Guide to Understanding Non-Belief

Closer to Truth

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Have you ever wondered what’s “new” about New Atheism?

Coined in 2006, the term New Atheism has been used to describe the shared sentiments of prominent 21st-century atheists—perhaps most notably the “Four Horsemen” and talk-show host Bill Maher. In popular perception, the term has also garnered a negative connotation—implying hostility towards religion at large.

Now, in this series of 14 one-on-one interviews, you have the rare opportunity to listen in on conversations with some of the leading actors in New Atheism, including Anthony A. C. Grayling of

Audio Sample:

Have you ever wondered what’s “new” about New Atheism?

Coined in 2006, the term New Atheism has been used to describe the shared sentiments of prominent 21st-century atheists—perhaps most notably the “Four Horsemen” and talk-show host Bill Maher. In popular perception, the term has also garnered a negative connotation—implying hostility towards religion at large.

Now, in this series of 14 one-on-one interviews, you have the rare opportunity to listen in on conversations with some of the leading actors in New Atheism, including Anthony A. C. Grayling of New College of the Humanities (London) and “Horseman” Daniel Clement Dennett III of Tufts University.

Over the course of the interviews, you’ll evaluate some of the most fundamental questions posed by non-believers:

  • Is religion irrational?
  • Does religion have a propensity to lead to violence?
  • Has science superseded the need for God? In other words, have advances in science simply made belief in God unnecessary by accounting for things that mystified our more primitive ancestors?

On the whole, the interviews are light-hearted and jocular. Your host, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, is practiced in the art of playing devil’s advocate and fostering discussion.

By the end of the series, you will gain insight into all of the usual arguments for and against the existence of God. Discover for yourself how New Atheism has fueled a healthy cultural conversation around belief and non-belief.

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  1. Arguments for Atheism
    • Michael Tooley
    • Daniel Clement Dennett III
    • Richard Swinburne
    • Nancey Murphy
    • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
  2. Arguments Against God
    • Susan Blackmore
    • Peter Atkins
    • Alvin Plantinga
    • Steven Weinberg
  3. What's the New Atheism?
    • Michael Shermer
    • Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Alister McGrath
    • Keith Ward
    • Anthony A.C. Grayling

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer, executive producer, and host of Closer To Truth—the public television series that invites leading scientists, philosophers, and creative thinkers to discuss fundamental questions of consciousness, the cosmos, and meaning.

After completing his undergraduate degree in human biology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kuhn went on to earn a doctorate in Anatomy/Brain Research from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then later, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kuhn has published more than 30 books, including The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All? (with John Leslie); Closer To Truth: Challenging Current Belief; Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future; How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping); and The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (China’s best-selling book in 2005).

 

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