In response to the intellectual movement of New Atheism, this volume articulates a "New Theist" response that has at its core a desire to engage in productive and depolarizing dialogue.
To ensure this book is of interest to atheists and theists alike, a team of experts in the field of philosophy of religion offer an assessment of the strongest New Atheist arguments. The chapters address the most pertinent questions about God, including politics and morality, and each essay shows how a reflective theist might deal with points raised by the New Atheists.
This volume is a serious academic engagement with the questions asked by New Atheism. As such, it will be of significant interest to scholars working in the philosophy of religion and theology, as well as those engaged in religious studies generally.
List of contributors
Joshua Rasmussen and Kevin Vallier
Part I: God and Reason
1 Paradoxes of Infinity and the First Cause
Alexander R. Pruss
2 An Argument for a Supreme Foundation
3 God and Moral Knowledge
Philip Swenson and Dustin Crummet
4 Taking a New Perspective on Suffering and Death
5 Is the God Hypothesis Improbable? A Response to Dawkins
Logan Paul Gage
6 The Nature and Rationality of Faith
Part II: God and Morality
7 Deiform Morality
Thomas M. Ward
8 Are We Better Off Without Religion? The Harms (and Benefits) of Religious Belief
Christian B. Miller
9 A License to Sin? Spiritual Practices and Moral Licensing
10 Another Dimension of the Moral Argument: The Voice of Jesus and the Historical Fruits of the Christian Faith
Paul Copan and Thorn Wolf
11 Moral Strangers as Co-Laborers in the Fields of Justice
12 Reflections on a Secular Foundation for Religious Liberty
Part III: God and Theology
13 A Bloody Death that Saves the World? Making Sense of Christ’s Cross
14 The Fate of the ‘Good Person’
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