: A List of Published Works Responding to the "New Atheists"
adio talk show host Hugh Hewitt concluded 2009 by broadcasting a debate about God
between polemicists Michael Shermer and Gregory Koukl, thereby bidding adieu to what he called "The Decade of the New Atheists". It was indeed a remarkable cultural phenomenon how four atheologians in particular rose to prominence by selling scads of books: Sam Harris with The End of Faith
(2004), Christopher Hitchens with god is not Great
(2007), Daniel Dennet with Breaking the Spell
(2006), and, of course, Richard Dawkins with The God Delusion
(2006). But just as noteworthy, perhaps, is the cavalcade of able critics who rose to these challenges to Christian theism. As with the cottage industry
of criticism that accompanied Dan Brown's and then Ron Howard's The Davinci Code
, these broadsides served as provocation for countless apologists. Of course, none of them were remotely as successful as their atheistic rivals in terms of sales. One wonders whether they will slip into oblivion just as Hume survives in philosophy readers, while most of his contemporaneous critics do not. Whatever happens, the swift and mostly scholarly response to this one decade's worth of the perennial barrage on Christian theism leaves it an open question whether, in the final analysis, it was the atheists or their counterparts who owned the aughts. Consider the following list an opportunity to judge this contest of ideas for yourself.