The subject of atheism has been much in the news recently with the highly publicized release of radically atheistic books This helpful book highlights points of agreement and disagreement between Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett on the topic of the present status of atheism and which worldview, atheism or Christianity, is preferable American philosopher Daniel Dennett is currently the Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University Oxford theologian Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford and directs its Centre for Christian Apologetics A transcript of the dialogue featuring McGrath and Dennett on the subject allows the reader to see in print how both men present their positions in light of the other s The volume also provides the reader with a thoughtful assessment of atheism as over against Christian atheism by an interdisciplinary team of philosophers and theologians....
|Title||:||The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue|
|Publisher||:||Fortress Press October 1, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||206 Pages|
|File Size||:||972 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue Reviews
The future of Atheism is a great book. It is brief, thought provoking without going too far into the direction of technical philosophy, and well written throughout. The book is based on a 2007 conference given at the New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary, and includes the dialogue that occurred, as well as papers that were presented at the event. There are also a few papers included as a sort of postscript to the event. The introduction by Robert Stewart is to introduce the dialogue and occasionally introduce elements of the debate that he thought were either insufficiently covered or poorly argued. This is followed up by the discussion that forms the subtitle of the book and that is the discussion/debate between Daniel Dennett and Alister McGrath. Their talk was interesting throughout, cordial between the two gentlemen, and on occasion genuinely funny. Much of the debate hinged on the concept and explanatory power of memes, if you are looking somewhere to see the subject debated this is a good book to start with.
Though not without its flaws, Stewart (the editor) has assembled an excellent collection of essays in addition to the central exchange, which is well-managed and productive. Stewart and Fortress Press (the publisher) come from the theist standpoint - the latter being a publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church - yet there's an honest attempt to engage with, and avoid misrepresenting, the positions of atheist critics. One does sometimes get the feeling that McGrath wants to debate Richard Dawkins rather than his actual interlocutor, but he's too serious a thinker not to tailor his commentary directly to Dennett's points once the real exchange begins. Dennett, as usual, offers a much better (and less stridently uncomprehending of belief) atheistic perspective than most of his compatriots.
Esse livro me serviu de inspiração para escrever alguns textos no meu blog DeusILUSÃO. Não foi exatamente o que eu esperava, mas traz um texto bastante interessante sobre o tema.
In short: dont bother!